100 Pace by 50's

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    has anyone really worked 100 Pace (any stroke, but mostly free) with HS swimmers? It says to ‘use rarely’, what is rarely? Once a month? It says 20 reps is max. Really? 20 50’s at 100 pace on 20 sec rest, my kids make 2 or 3 and they are done. We went on 1:10 the other day and made about 12 – 15 before they had missed their 3rd. suggestions? success?

    Gary P

    Obviously there’s little value in doing 2-3 reps. You’re on the right track with more rest. If you’re getting 4.5-6 x race distance at race pace (not including the failed attempts, which are still valuable), that’s about as much as you can expect from a single set, so it looks like you have the right interval.

    If you’re targeting (100 race time)/4, I’d suggest instead you target average 2nd 50 race split. That should be a little slower, so maybe you can dial back the interval to 1:05 or even 1:00 and still get into the mid teens for reps before failing out.

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