In my last post I spoke of mind swimming in open water training. It is now the time to speak of physical training.
Mainly we will this training in the pool and more ahead of the season we can do so in open water. I’d like to also point out that it should be combined with training in dry, as important as the water training, as we saw in a previous post of Juanjo.
The ideal would be to make three to four workouts a week to notice improvement; more than four weekly workouts would only recommend if they preparing some long distance event. However, should be aware of the situation and personal need and the challenges on this basis.
In addition to the days of training, you must toggle the same intensity. For example, following a strong training day with a day of low-intensity training, as swim smooth or stretch. And also take into account the day of rest; leave us a total rest day allows our body to recover. It may seem a “wasted” day, but actually it is not, this part of invisible training is essential. We do not feel good if we do not do exercise, you can prepare a session very light by stretching or a kind of pilates, but very low intensity, would be a very anaerobic work.
We must always keep in mind that the rest is part of the training, if your muscles do not rest may not give their best on the next train, or in the same competition.
To prepare the sessions we can rely on the material supplied by our colleague Clara, in the post#NuevosPropósitosIII and #NuevosPropósitosIV, if we adapt it to our needs, mainly focused in the free style, which is what we to swim at crossings. Although it is important to vary, so we are not boring workouts, to prepare on voyages more variety we want resistance. The latter is very helpful especially because we make use of training material that will provide greater resources for the day of the crossing.
If what you want is to get to swim ever more efficiently, it must include technical workouts workouts and include in the aerobic work tasks for this purpose, as for example to have control of the stroke on each long and try to maintain them, swim with the minimum possible number of fathoms, and maintain the same stroke breathing in left and right.
#beaconsejo: make your training a personal space for maximum enjoyment, in which you feel safe and where ever your comfort zone is larger. This is why that there must be the challenges that are achievable.
The combination of these three elements, physical exercise such as swimming, mental and technical training for the open waters are the key to success and improvement in performance as swimmers.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and you find it useful, since it is almost to begin to join crossings… What is your next challenge?