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We got a letter from Dickson Chng, a runner who’s looking for tips as he’s going to join an aquathlon in 3 months time. He loves to workout in the gym and doesn’t want his training to interfere with his weight sessions. See what Coach Ani has to say!
Hi, I wish to train for an event of aquathlon of 400m swim and 4km run afterwards. I’m a beyond average runner, but not so fast swimmer. I have about 3 months to my race. However I do not wish the training to affect my gym sessions of weight lifting, what types of training should I do?
From Coach Ani
Good job on keeping a strengthening program going! While this will no doubt help you with your swimming power later on, I am afraid there is still no substitute for actual pool time.
Swimming is one of those sports wherein you need to be well versed, technique wise. Invest in a swim coach to look at your stroke once or twice a week. Aim to swim 3x a week. Since you are a newbie swimmer focus on developing your technique half the time and developing your swim endurance in the other half.
You can do 2-3x a week of swimming, 3x a week of running and 2x a week of strengthening in the gym.
I would suggest swimming around 800m to 1.2k for one session. If you need ideas on what drills to do on your own, check out www.swimsmooth.com
All the best,