We have enough Tempo Trainers for half of our top group to use them at the same time, so I devised this two-station set. The set in red is designed to use the Tempo Trainers to challenge their ability to hold Distance Per Cycle at race speed. The set in blue encouraged long, kick-driven strokes.
This is a simple set designed to help your swimmers physically explore the relationship between stroke tempo, stroke length, and speed.
8 x 25 @ :35 all one stroke, choice
odds minimum cycle count (long strokes)
evens maximum speed (count cycles for comparison to odd 25s)
1 x 200 @ :20 rest
Steady swim of the same stroke as the 25s, try to hold a cycle at or within 1 cycle of the minimum count from the odd 25s. This should be challenging, particularly if the pace is pushed a bit.
Repeat as many times as you want!