Swim Workouts for Triathletes: Practical Workouts to Build Speed, Strength, and Endurance (Anglais) Couverture à spirales – 15 mai 2011
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Très bien pensé, il résiste aux bords de piscine et son contenu est adaptable pour tous les niveaux, toutes les pratiques (sprint, CD, LD..)
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This book doesn't dry, but I just keep it in my gym bag so that doesn't matter.
There is a glossary included to help decode all of the abbreviations, but figuring out what the workout actually entails is like putting together a puzzle. Again, I think it is meant for the advanced swimmer.
- It's waterproof
- I can show up at the pool without a plan and have a productive workout.
- It comes with training plans that cover everything from general fitness through to Ironman.
- The text is big enough to read through goggles, without my contacts (your mileage may vary here)
- It has illustrated drills (and be honest, who doesn't need to do more drills?)
So why just four stars? I mean, I use this thing at all of my swim sessions now.
As has been pointed out by other reviewers, the workouts are extremely front crawl (freestyle) heavy. It's not a big problem, since the book is targeted at triathletes and swimming any other stroke in a tri doesn't make much sense. However, the IM sets and backstroke that featured in my old masters squad workouts really helped my swimming, and I think provided a balance for the muscles used in the sets.
If you don't splash much when you turn, the drying of the book when you get home is easy... wipe down the page you're open to and forget about it. If you splash (or the guy in the next lane does) then it can take a few minutes to go through and wipe down all the damp pages - this is a necessary step. It's waterproof, not 'stay-dry'.
The book is also seemingly written for a short-course pool (25m/yds). That's what I have access to mostly now, but I still prefer long-course (50m) and some of the workouts would be harder to adapt to long course.
The abbreviations used in all the workouts can take some time to get used to, but that's not difficult unless your memory is worse than mine. The final issue is that many of the workouts rely on you knowing your T-pace (test pace following one of the tests in the book), and assume that you can effectively gauge your own pace as you swim. This is easy(ish) for experienced swimmers, but will be difficult for novices.
All in all, I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who wants an easy way of getting more structure into their swim workouts. It's not perfect, but that's a lot to ask for...
Outstanding book. I am a relatively new swimmer having seriously trained in swimming for only three months for triathlons. However, I should add that I'm not new to swimming (military and childhood days) just new to competitive swimming. I am not a "program" type person. Never liked workout plans and generally stick to how I feel. Given the fact that I don't know much as to how to adequately balance drilling and swimming, this is perfect.
Two knocks. One is I've never swam competitively and therefore am new to some of the lingo. The glossary section provides good explanation, but (unless someone can help me here) I could not find the explanation for 2-2-2. It explains DESC 2-2-2 but some of the workouts only have 2-2-2 as a description. I've just interpreted it as one in the same, but I think I would be totally lost if I haven't done some reading on swimming and workouts online.
Next con would be I believe some of the distances are not suitable to total beginners. Three months ago, while I could swim, I would be smoked getting across the pool. Now I'm a pretty avid fitness guy and consider myself to be in great shape in general and as a Marine. Before I bought this book, I've competed in five triathlons ranging from sprint (750m) swims to Half 1.2 mile swims. I also got formal swim coaching. I consider the "beginner" workouts to be a pretty good workout. So while I consider myself a noob in the competitive swim world (best 100m time would be 1:35 and avg just over 2:00 for long distance swims), I could not imagine doing these workouts as a true beginner.
Other than that I feel its solid. Didn't have a problem with drying the book off. It's not like I'm flipping pages in the middle of a workout. I simply wipe the page I was using down after a session and no problems. I wish there was a website or forum for people that use this book, but maybe that's asking for much. Highly recommend.
Consider this: Triathlon coaches can cost anywhere between $50 and $200 a month for training plans. Obviously not everyone has that much money to burn on a monthly basis. That is why this book is helpful. This book brings the essential swim workouts that any professional coach would. It's waterproof pages and spiral setup come in handy for pool-side use. If one were looking to use this during the off-season for maintenance there are plenty workouts from which to choose. If one wanted to supplement this to an already existing training plan, there are quick-and-easy workouts to help. If one were looking to use this as a primary source of training, the book includes a workout calendar based on the distance which you are planning to race.
This book does not give advice as to how to swim better. If it did, the title would be different. However, this gives a financially-crunched (and time-crunched) athlete the same workout as something that could be found in a Master's Swim class. If one were to couple this with a local bike shop group ride and a local running shop group run, it could formulate into an economical training plan. Every distance is granted attention from the sprint distance up to the ultra distance.
The abbreviations are easy to understand with explanations for all of them, and the introduction lays out the procedure of the book.
If you're looking for a well-rounded book that cuts straight to the point, then take a chance with this book. It's portable, it's waterproof, and it's convenient for anyone looking to gear up for the swimming portion of a triathlon.
I use this when swimming almost every day,
It gives my workout structure in every way.
It has beginner sets, and intermediate too,
so you can do what's right for you.
It props up like a tent right by the pool,
the pages are water proof-what a great tool.
Other reviewers complain of confusing directions,
but the included key/definitions bring it back to perfection..... but
The workouts are long, several thousands of yards,
and sometimes that time table just isn't in my cards.
I also like to incorporate other strokes besides free,
but I just change the workout so it's right for me.