andy’s english channel swim: august 2007

July 5, 2006

Week 2006 07 02

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 3:19 pm


As recommended by Jon Ackland in his book "Complete Guide to Endurance Training,"  periodisation & the management of macrocycles, mesocycles & microcycles varies the intensity and volume of training to optimize the body’s ability to recover and rebuild, rather than a relentless increase in quantity. That was regarded as enough justification to take a lighter week i.e. early morning squad sessions only, no evening sessions & no long swims. The week got lighter when I overslept & missed Friday’s morning session altogether!

I hoped that this would result in feeling light & strong for the weekly sea swim time trial on Sunday. In fact just the opposite - the Atlantic was lumpy and I struggled to get out of the slow rut that I had been in during the "light week." The obvious lesson is that a light period should reduce quantity, but maintain or increase quality.