“I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.” – Michael Phelps
Swimming is probably the most technically demanding of the three triathlon disciplines and the one that triathletes often find the most challenging. At MVH we have a comprehensive training structure in place to help all abilities – whether relative newcomers to swimming or competing at world championship level. MVH Tri Club has a number of level 1,2 & 3 triathlon coaches as well as ASA swim coaches. However, the club do not have dedicated swim teachers, and so an ability to swim 100m (4 lengths) of continuous front crawl is a requirement to commence club sessions. This does not have to be performed with speed or style! However, if you are not confident to swim 100m continuously, and unaided, then we would encourage you to research options for local lessons. This will help pay dividends for you in the longer term and our coaches will be delighted to help refine your new skills!
The club meets every Saturday morning from 0730 to 0830 for the coached swim sessions at the swimming pool within the Repton School Sports Complex, Repton, DE65 6FH. The swimming pool is a 25 metres level decked pool and has six lanes.
During the winter schedule from September through to April, there are additional sessions at Abbots Bromley Girls School on a Thursday 19:30-20:30.
Swim training follows a structured programme of swim sets for the hour session. The swim coaching varies throughout the year and follows the principle of periodisation training. These are blocks of weeks allocated across the year for specific swim training as follows:
- Conditioning: Develop basic aerobic endurance, low in intensity but high in volume. Includes technique and front crawl specific skills. May be 6 to 10 weeks in duration.
- Strength Endurance. Higher Intensity but lower volume. Enhance the systems needed for key races. Continued aerobic endurance and strength. Duration is generally 6 to 8 weeks.
- Speed Endurance: Higher Intensity but lower volume. Using swim training sessions to increase speed. Increase ability to maintain high stress levels for longer training.
This swim training is progressive and as swimming technique and speed improves the triathlon swimmer moves up through the swim lanes to the tougher swim sets. There will always be a mix of technique and fitness depending on the current training periodisation period for the year.
Saturday morning pool sessions usually close with an optional visit to a local “coffee and bacon roll” café where MVH Triathletes enjoy the post swim banter and triathlon review chatter.
During the period May through September, as well as pool training sessions, Swim sessions are available in open water. Please visit our open water pages for more info
If you want to learn more about swimming and triathlon please contact us.