A couple weeks prior to driving down to swim camp I pulled an intercostal and oblique on my left side that kept me dry for 1.5 weeks. I was scared jumping into two-a-days with high intensity, but your body can cope with much more than you think it can.
The workouts are all outlined on his blog here so if you are wondering about all the crazy workouts we did, go ahead and have a look. He also writes a lot about technique that even seasoned swimmers will find helpful.
We had two workouts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and single workouts on the rest of the days. I also had intense bike and run sessions on top of all the swimming. It’s always important to keep properly fueled, yet it was super hard with the busy schedule we had to keep. Swim from 7-8:30 bike or run around 10/11 and then swim again at 3pm. It left little time to be able to get proper meals in without having issues with the next workout. For breakfast I had 2 muffins and then to keep me going during the 1.5-hour swim in the morning I brought a bottle of XRCEL. I would get to my home stay and have oatmeal with some eggs. After the next workout depending on the time I would have a banana with almond butter and a granola bar or more of a “real” meal. After the final swim I’d have a snack and then head to where ever I was going to eat dinner. I was hard to get enough fuel in, but the training was worth it!
Thank you BlueSeventy for the swim gear!
1. Keep your arms wider, ie don’t cross over
2. Finish the stroke all the way through
3. Don’t chop the stroke short in the front, reach long
4. Hips up (bum up), head down
5. Time in the pool i.e., feel of the water
Thanks so much to Tim Floyd of Magnolia Masters for allowing me to join the camp this year! He's is opening the camp to a few elite age groupers next year as well as one coach a week to be on deck with him. If you are interested contact him early here.