The Human Rattle

The more I swim, the more I try to push myself, the more I get injured.  

I need to devise s training strategy that involves more gradual increase in work load but also includes mix of hard and easy swimming. 

Practice rapid and slow changes in speed and intensity to get the body accustomed to different swimming conditions. 

Include   time for active rest. Going hard all the time is only going to lead to fatigue and dull the senses. Vary training, mix it up. 

Examples of active rest:

  • Focus on different parts of stroke on different days – for example on Monday swim front crawl and on Tuesday swim backstroke. 
  • Break sessions into sets alternating long and short swims, hard and easy. 
  • Think in terms of progressions
  • Stretch during and after swim. 
  • Do core training exercises – dry side
  • Walk
  • Cycle
  • Run
  • Read a book
  • Spend time with friends
  • Socialise. Nurture healthy, positive relationships with people . 

Author: riccardo iacono