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Quick Set Friday: IM Switch And Negative Splits

A new workout, full of variety, to take to the pool this weekend.

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Triathlete contributor and swimming all-star Sara McLarty has a blog with more than 500 creative workouts used in her Masters swim program in Clermont, Fla. We’ll feature a workout every Friday so you have new ideas to take to the pool. On her blog (Mastersswimworkoutsbysaramclarty.blogspot.com), you can pick a Monday set for a long distance focus, a Wednesday set for sprint training, or Friday for creative open water skills.

The A sets are between 4–5000 yards total, with intervals ranging from 1:20–1:30 per 100. The B sets are 3000–3500 total, with intervals of 1:50–2:00 per 100. The C sets are 2000–2500 total and all based on a rest interval.

A:
600 warm up (200 swim/100 kick, repeat)
8×50 at 1:10 (IM switch)
5×200 pull at 3:15 (negative split)
10×100 swim (3 at 1:40, 2 at 1:30, repeat)
4×250 w/ 20 sec rest (fly/free/back/free/breast by 50)
100 cool down
*4100 Total*

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B:

600 warm up (200 swim/100 kick, repeat)
8×50 at 1:15 (25 drill/25 swim)
4×200 pull at 4:00 (negative split)
8×100 swim (2 at 2:10, 2 at 1:50, repeat)
4×150 w/:20 rest (free/non-free/free 50)
100 cool down
*3300 Total*

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C:
600 warm up (200 swim/100 kick, repeat)
6×50 w/ 15 sec rest (25 drill/25 swim)
4×150 pull w/ 20 sec rest (50 easy, 50 medium, 50 fast)
4×150 w/ 20 sec rest (free/non-free/free 50)
100 cool down
*2200 Total*

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