I am coaching a team this year with a few interesting training challenges. They can only get to a pool once a week (I hope to get in a few twice a week practices). Also we only have seven weeks to train before their first and only swim meet (most of them don’t swim outside of the school training times). Their ages range from upper elementary to seniors. They aren’t especially fast in any stroke or distance. I think training with USRPT will help with this a lot. I have enjoyed discovering this new method and am excited to implement it. I was thinking focus on technique and going fast with the elementary, 1 set for middle school students, and two for the high school students. Does USRPT need to be adapted when used this infrequently? Any suggestions on what stokes are distances to focus on (they only swim up to 200 m)? Thanks any suggestions will help me and this team a lot. They will also be practicing learning technique and dry land workouts as well, if you have and suggestions there that would be great as well. Thanks.
I wouldn’t think any changes would be needed in USRPT because of the primary focus of USRPT to be able to allow for recovery workout to workout. With the additional time between water practices, this would seem to be assured. However, what is something to be mindful of is the additional work outside of the pool interfering with practice performances. Always keep focus on technique at race speeds. Dr. Rushall published a good paper on the pedagogy of stroke mechanics that you may want to investigate. You can slice-and-dice distances however you’d like. It’s all relative to what they can handle, and progressively increasing the amount of time/distance done at race speed. Do them relative to what they are capable of to start with, and this will manage itself, so long as you do not overdo it as you build this up. Be willing to stop or even regress a bit if you see issues, and keep track of what’s been done, so this can be quantitatively be measured. We never did anything in sense of a race-pace repeat, that was more than 75 meters (SCM) and had no issues even up to the 400/500 free.