I.M. Mystery Sandwich

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCM

This set is a spin on a classic IM set. We build up from 50 to 150 like we are getting ready for a 200 IM. Instead of a 200, the IM swim in the middle of the set is a mystery distance ranging between 100 and 1000m, to be announced just before it is swum.

We did 3 rounds as shown. The mystery distance ms we did were 300, 400, and 100m. The 100 was done FAST for time.

Bit of Everything

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

LCM

We needed an all-purpose practice with a little bit of everything. This set was done in a 50m pool. (Olympic course).

3 rounds:

1 x 400 Free @ 5:20 Paddles & snorkel, steady pace but sprint 2 strokes into every turn

2 x 200 IM @ 3:10 Descend 1-2

3 x 100 No Free

Rd 1 – Descend 1-3 @ 2:00

Rd 2 – 50 fast/50ez @ 2:30

Rd 3 – FPA (Fastest Possible Average) @ 3:00

IM Sprint Day

Shawn Anderson, Swim Streamline at Northampton

The IM’s work on sprinting at Race Pace (RP) while the 50 Free drill forces us to focus on head and hand placement when tired.

TAO Drill (Tarzan, Alligator, Olympian) – This is a freestyle drill dividing the 25 yards (1 pool length) into thirds.

  • 1st – Third: Head is up looking straight ahead, hands entering the water at 11 and 1 o’clock
  • 2nd- Third: Head looking straight ahead, nose underwater, the eyes above water, hands entering the water at 11 and 1 o’clock
  • 3rd – Third: Head is down, hands entering the water at 11 and 1 o’clock

The set is done 3x times through, decreasing the 100s by 25 each and 10s off the interval each round. If you need more rest lengthen the 50-EZ interval as we want the swimmer performing the TAO drill when tired to force focus on head and hand placement/control.

Round 1
1×100 Fly RP @ 1:10/1:20/1:30
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:00/1:10

2×100 Back RP @ 1:10/1:20/1:30
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:00/1:10

3×100 Breast RP @ 1:10/1:20/1:30
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:00/1:10

4×100 Free RP @ 1:10/1:20/1:30
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:00/1:10

Round 2
(50 have more time to permit walk back to blocks)
1×75 Fly RP @ 1:00/1:10/1:20
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:10/1:20

2×75 Back RP @ 1:00/1:10/1:20
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:10/1:20

3×75 Breast RP @ 1:00/1:10/1:20
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:10/1:20

4×75 Free RP @ 1:00/1:10/1:20
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:10/1:20

Round 3
1×50 Fly RP @ 50/60/1:10
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:00/1:10

2×50 Back RP @ 50/60/1:10
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:00/1:10

3×50 Breast RP @ 50/60/1:10
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:00/1:10

4×50 Free RP @ 50/60/1:10
50-EZ (25xTAO Drill/25 Swim) @ 1:00/1:10

To make the set more challenging you can:

  • Flip the count on yardage by starting with 50 and work towards 100s
  • Flip the order of the quantity, start with 4×100 Fly and count to 1×100 Free
  • Add another set going down to 25’s


Note: 

This set can be done with age group kids by starting with 75’s and counting down to 25’s and adjusting the time to fit the group.

IM Challenge Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We did this set the other day with a few of our 13-14 year-olds in SCY. It proved to be a motivating and challenging set.

In each 8:00 part, the goal was to do as many repeats of the given distance and stroke as possible. We recorded the total distance covered, which allowed us to calculate average pace and set goals for possible future sets.

Shorty IM Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCM. This IM set turned out to be a good challenging one for our group. The 150s IM were done with 50m of 2 strokes and 25m of the other two strokes, with the assignments rotating each rep. For example, #1 was 50 fly/50back/25 breast/25 free. We used 4 different intervals for our group in a 25m pool.

Christmas 25s and 500s

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCM

Our pool has been a little fuller the last few days with college swimmers coming home to train. This means having to consider our space a little differently when creating workouts.

This one was a good one-size-fits-all for us today. Some speed, some endurance, a little racing, some equipment, and some underwater work.

They are “Christmas 25s” because 12 x 25. For the 2nd round, we pulled 1-gallon buckets, and if swimmers went fr or fly, they were to hold their breathe for last 8m. The fourth round we did the even ones fast from a dive (HVO)

All around a solid day.

IM Set with Best/Worst

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We did this IM set LCM. It got a little hairy/confusing in the second round when we went 200 to 50 instead of 50 to 200.

The 50s in between were best non-free (for non-IMers) or worst non-free (for IMers). The IMers were thus working on their weakness. Being able to go best stroke allowed the non-IMers to make the set a little more relevant for them.

IM “Fail” Set

Chris Brookover, MLY Phoenix, Greater Philadelphia YMCA

This set was really good, an actual “fail” set only 3 of the 9 A+ made it. (A+, A/B, C refer to different interval groups)

A+

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

4 x 200 @ 3:00 – 100 BK / 100 BR

Rest :30

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

4 x 200 @ 2:45 – 25 FR / 75 BK / 75 BR / 25 FR

Rest :30

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

4 x 200 @ 2:35 – 50 FR / 50 BK / 50 BR / 50 FR

Rest :40

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

4 x 200 @ 2:25 75 FR / 25 BK / 25 FR / 75 FR

A / B

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

4 x 200 @ 3:15 – 100 BK / 100 BR

Rest :30

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

4 x 200 @ 3:00 – 25 FR / 75 BK / 75 BR / 25 FR

Rest :30

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

4 x 200 @ 2:50 – 50 FR / 50 BK / 50 BR / 50 FR

Rest :40

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

3 x 200 @ 2:40 75 FR / 25 BK / 25 FR / 75 FR

C

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

3 x 200 @ 3:30 – 100 BK / 100 BR

Rest :30

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

4 x 200 @ 3:15 – 25 FR / 75 BK / 75 BR / 25 FR

Rest :30

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

3 x 200 @ 3:10 – 50 FR / 50 BK / 50 BR / 50 FR

Rest :30

6 x 25 @ :40 – Fly – One Lane / One Direction

3 x 200 @ 3:00 75 FR / 25 BK / 25 FR / 75 FR

200 Free Prep and Fast Stroke

Brad Herndon, Greensboro Community YMCA

This set worked real well for some fast 200 free and 100 Stroke times this weekend, takes 44 minutes, 11 mins a round, they did this 2 weeks out and were right on their 200 FR and 100 stroke goal times:

4x
3 x 175 FR @ 2:20 (hold goal 200 Fr time)
1 x 75 Stroke Fast @ 1:00
1 x 50 Stroke Fast @ 1:00
1 x 25 Stroke Fast @ 1:00
1 x 25 EZ @ 1:00 (start early after the 25 stroke fast)

Stroke = Swimmer chooses OR some did IMO by Round, but 4th Round = Fly-Back-Breast on the 75, then drop down by choice to finish with 25 of your best stroke (other than fr)

IM Set with the Blazers

Coach Alex Morris, Kansas City Blazers, Shawnee Mission North

This is the second of a couple of sets (see the first one here) that went really well for us over the last week or so. We are still not back to full training capacity yet.

4 rounds:

  • 3×50 build @ :50 – IM order by round
  • 125 “IM” (50 fly/25 bk/25 br/25 Fr) @ 1:50
  • 2×75 @ 1:10 – 1 50 bk/25 br, 1 25 bk/50 br (work the 25, 50 is smooth)
  • 100 free @ 1:20
  • 6×25 @ :40 sprint kick