Reply To: U.S. Question, is interval for 50yd repeat length for 500 free too long?
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4-6 times race distance? For many that is a GUARANTEED best time, as opposed to being predictive.
Isn’t that the idea with working at certain paces?
And making a prediction should be based on what you actually believe you will achieve – otherwise it’s just jotting down dream-times and hoping for the best.
The basis for a good prediction is what you can repeatedly achieve on short intervals at 4-6x race distance.
Let’s say you recently achieved doing 20+ 25’s on your 100 target pace with 15s rest before your first fail on repeated occasions. It is time to up your game with a new goal time and on that set your first fail is after 7 25’s, and you abandon after 15 25’s. It is unreasonable to believe that you will make the time on 100 for the new goal time, because you haven’t been conditioned for that distance with that speed yet.
You would probably make the 100 time for the old target though.