Reply To: U.S. Question, is interval for 50yd repeat length for 500 free too long?
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Actually, “it’s not unreasonable to believe that you will make the time on 100…” you might have a rough time at 7 x 25 made. But at 15 x 25 made, it would be reasonable to expect an improvement in performance. It’s over one shift in energy systems.
The number made to create an adaptation is actually quite small (just has to be consistence) and where the 4 to 6 x race distance came from is “purely” a guess. Unless, you want to spend a large amount of time trying to drive the speed down to aerobic capacity I’d rethink the approach.
The use of goal times is appropriate. What you will see is that the numbers achieved/made progress at a much slower rate especially early in the cycle. I’ve done this on at least four cycles with 20+ swimmers and had excellent results. It is a little rough on the kids as they are use to making larger numbers early, but doable.
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