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Thanks for the info…I appreciate the honesty. I’m right there with you feeling like I’m over my head (no pun intended) at times. Even with that said, we’re not changing now.
A couple quick questions about training…when did you start resting for sectionals? Did you follow the three day protocol? Did you the 25s on slower times all season long?
I am using USRPT for the first time this year with a group of my YMCA swimmers…I think it’s been successful so far…recently however, it seems like they are not completing sets with the same intensity…did you notice that? We are 11 weeks in to our season.
Here’s an IM set I’ve started using as one of my USRPT sets. I’m figuring it based on 200IM.
12 x 25 BT :30
10 x 50 BK-BR by 25 :55
12 x 25 FR :25
I figure we will gradually increase each of these parts as the season progresses. Thoughts?
Do you do the “3-day” drop for every meet?
I wasn’t planning on it, but figured I would ask others.
We are 6 weeks in and…so far so good. Had a meet last weekend where a few of my USRPT swimmers attended. The results were very promising!
I used to record my practices in one folder for the whole season and it was neat to look back and see what was done as the season progressed. However, I can’t say that I could get much else but an overview. With USRPT in mind, I’ve started putting each practice into a day folder. This allows me to really track what we are doing as a team at each practice. Using this I can see progress or even make notes of issues that arise during the practice.
I have been doing technical sets (drills,starts,turns)in between the USRPT sets. I also use that time to get in some kicking/pulling (even though based on reading it is not technically USRPT) and even some “fun” stuff.
I have set up a weekly schedule with specific races on each day of the week. We are getting in 3 USRPT sets with recovery in between in 2 hours. Now I need to figure out a tracking method.
I have actually already heard my swimmers saying things about next time for certain sets. We are definitely in it for the long haul…I’m not concerned for me about variety. It was the kids because it’s lots of repetition, but I do believe that this will help them. I’m trying to educate them as we progress through the start of our season. There definitely has been more focus during sets and I can see their minds working as they calculate times.
I just started USRPT season with my oldest training group. I like the idea of not counting outs before 4-6 repetitions for a number of reasons. My kids don’t have a feel yet for their times. I have been surprised at how many have trouble getting even 200 free times! With it being early in the season they are struggling with the change a bit. Holding off the “outs” gives time for individual adjustments if the goal time is “off” for that day. Overall, it seems to be going okay, but it is VERY early. I am a bit concerned with variety throughout the year.
I love the “are you faster now than at this point last season.” I am constantly saying that to my swimmers, especially the high school kids, but even my age group kids will hear it from time to time. This will be my team’s first season using USRPT. I’m looking forward to seeing how the season progresses.
I’m Jason Buchanan and I coach a YMCA team in Rhode Island. We have over 100 swimmers ranging in age from 6-17. I’m going to have all of my groups work at following the guidelines for age group swimmers. It will be interesting to see how we adjust.