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5K (swim) training

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Post  John Kilpatrick Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:38 pm

Don't know if this is really the place for this as it has little to do with running, but there is a ton of information out there on where to begin for running training for various race lengths, but little that I'm aware of regarding 5k open water swim training. I think I'm going to do an ocean 5K race in May and wonder if some of the former/current swimmers have any experience here? For me, swimming is weird in that a super hard effort results in maybe a minute faster a mile than a fairly moderate effort - I don't know if I should model a running training for swimming, just swim as much as I can take, how to mix in VO2 max/sprint stuff, etc. I may have to back off a little as my shoulders are starting to feel like they are really taking a beating...

Any thoughts?

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Post  T Miller Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:45 am

Yea, You're nuts.

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Post  John Kilpatrick Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:55 pm

Me nuts? Swimming is easy compared running - and it wasn't good enough to beat the cr@p out of us with marathons, now you and Martin have to do it in ultramarathons too!

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Post  Michele "1L" Keane Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:24 pm

Ocean 5K??????? Yup, nuts. I've done several Open Water swims (back in my college days), but they were all 1-1.5 miles and in freshwater. Sorry, nothing great to add except that you're nuts.
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