I’ve been back in training for five weeks already, so it is clear that the swimming season of 2020/2021 has begun. This will be a swimming season to remember, as there are still no races. It is time to take a moment to look where we are after these five weeks and where we want to improve.
I swim six times a week
I used the past five weeks to work on my swimming distances in training. Three times a week I train in the pool, the other three times are in open water. As you can imagine – after my longest period out of the water – I cannot swim 60 to 70K a week right away. That’s both physically and mentally very tough.
I decided to increase my distance per week. I started off with 15K a week and in the next weeks I gradually increased that. In the past week I swam almost 40K, so I am pretty happy with that. In the next weeks, I am going to increase my swimming sessions to eight sessions a week and reach for that 50K.
I am still doing the alternative training
I don’t do them that often anymore, but I am still doind training sessions out of the water. Everyday I train twice. Usually I am busy in the back garden with either core-stability, strength or resistance training. Besides this, I try to jump on my mountainbike for at least once a week and sometimes to jump rope as well. I noticed that the right balance is very important now. Especially the first three weeks I was searching for this, but now it goes better dan better.
Unfortunately still no races
It is hard to push yourself for 100% during the training sessions when you have no races scheduled. And I have to say, I notice this too. Luckily, the first races are announced again. Here in The Netherlands there are plans for a 22K lake crossing in September. Also our National Swimming Federation announced national indoor (50m) championchips in December. And on top of that a lot of unofficial races are popping op. Like a virtual open water calendar or like the 50-minute Challenge of Openwaterswimming.club. Each of these races motivate me to push myself harder during the training sessions. After all, races are the moments to work towards to and to shine.
We keep going
It looks like we still have 2 more months to go when the first official races knock on the door. For me it is time to work even harder. My level is slowly getting back to normal. I am happy with this of course, but it has to be better. The next couple of months I am going to do my best to make those extra steps. So that when the first races are held, I am ready for it.
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2 thoughts on “The new swimming season has begun”
Hi Lars, just wondering, do you recommend using a traditional kickboard in training? Because some people say it doesn’t replicate real swimming in any way and can potentially lead to shoulder injuries…
Hi Richard, I’ve heard this too. However, training kick without a kickboard in f.e. streamline is even harder for the shoulders. What I would recommend is still use a traditional kickboard but combine it with a front snorkel. In this way you can still comfortably maintain the horizontal position without having too much stress on the shoulders and neck. Hope this helps!