Been a while since I managed a triple set in a day.
Up at 6am to run with my wife, 32min, 6km.
She was close to her speed limit and I was right at my current endurance limit
Actually rode to the pool! Shock horror. I haven't done that in ages to my shame.
I was trying to help a friend move his swim pace from ~2:00/100m
Started with 5 accelerating sets on 5min, 200 for him, 250m for me, last one with pull buoy. (My arrivals 3:56-55-54-53 and 3:50
1km in 18:53, with ~3:20 rest.)
Oddly, although he nailed the accelerating sets 4:10>3:50 with the pull buoy he was at 4:15. Any ideas?
Possibly tired (low endurance is not something he is known for though), possible slower turns, but that slow?
I suspected a duff catch so I counted his strokes with and without buoy. They were the same. This has confused me.
I'm putting it down as an anomaly for now and will look at it again another session.
Then it was back to the plan, body position drills.
6x25m kicking on side with solid core and water bisecting face.
Going to take a while for him to get the hang of these!
Calf cramps all round (after his suggestion of vertical kicking drill!) meant a change of plan from the rest of the kickset!
doggy paddles to improve grip on the water. Again, something that's going to take time, but at least he's not dragging his fingertips on the bottom of the pool any more!
finally 4x push and glides to really drive home the horizontal body position.
2x25 with more intent
100 effort. (me 1:25, him 1:49. (last time we swam together, he managed a 1:57))
As a beginners 'coaching' experience, I can see his stroke looks better afterwards and I haven't broken him!
I have stopped him pushing straight down at the beginning of his catch, likewise, he no longer fully extends his arm towards the bottom of the pool. As expected, there's been no damoscene revelation, but I have gathered enough info to suggest ways to progress. I reckon once he gets a few more miles in he'll pick up pace really fast.
I learnt a lot today. I find teaching does that.
Cycled home. I'm so weak on my bike right now
It's not what you do occasionally that makes a difference, it's that which you do everyday that brings progress.