Caveman’s semi secret swimming protocol

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Thought you’d like the Captain America Speedo. It has a star on the front. ( I like to antagonize Speedophobes with my speedo collection, but so far I’ve only got smiles and comments)

Swimming is all about efficiency. Fitness and power is just a sideshow. You can quote me on that.

I’ve been swimming for 24 years now. I used to be able to knock out hard 6km sessions by myself all week long, I once swam a 10.5km session when I trained with Brett Sutton, I once did 80x100m, leaving on 1.25 in a 50m pool in Pretoria and I’ve swum with dozens of swim squads across the world. For a few years there in the mid 90s I was one of the ace swimmers in France and on the ITU circuit. (Never quite recovered my swimming speed after a broken collarbone in 98)

Understandably I now get really bored with swimming really quickly.

I found 2 great swim coaches who share my view on swimming: Maximize efficiency and minimize swim training.

Bob Bruce in Bend Oregon has been doing the underwater video for a few years now- When I 1st saw myself on tape, I didnt believe it was me. I know what a good stroke looks like, and I thought mine was pretty good, but that 1st taping was horrible. After so many years of reinforcing a bad stroke, it tooks a long long time to change even the smallest things. Its been a work in progress, and after 3 years, I can now swim near the front with hardly any training at all!

Mikael Mendonca in Cape Town took me under his wing this summer, videoing my stroke and teaching me a whole new set of drills which made up 70% of my massive weekly training volume from Feb to April. 8km a week. Mikael wrote me 3 sets of training programmes: 1 for early season- about 70% stroke drills from Feb-April. One for mid season, about 8km a week- about 40% stroke drills- from April to July. And a race programme for August to Oct.

A month ago coach Bob Bruce from COMA here in Bend did an underwater video of my newer stroke. You can see by the black dots and the arrows, he wants my elbows higher, thus allowing my forearm and hand to scoop more water  and shove it back instead of downwards.

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The picture at the top of the page is the newest- the elusive high elbow is getting there.

But boo boos still happen… Like this high 5, dropped elbow and trailing bubbles

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Here is Mikaels’ complete Base training programme. Rotate through sessions 1-3 in order. I wrapped them in hard plastic, and leave them pool side.

Julie Dibens, eat your heart out: (she swims 25km a week and doesnt believe I really do the 8km/week Caveman schedule)

This is the programme I was following when winning 4 XTERRA Championship races this summer:

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Conrad Stoltz 4 x XTERRA WORLD CHAMP » Going swimming with the Caveman 09-02-2012, 05:30

[…] have already written about this topic twice in “Caveman’s semi secret swimming protocol” and “Champions training- different stroke for different folks” but a revisit is always […]

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Reid Weber 23-09-2010, 20:57

Hi Conrad,
I tried a shortened version of the first one last night. The breathing every 5 was tough. I was wondering what the finish drill and catch only drills are. I couldn’t find any demos or explanations of them. For the catch only drill I just pulled to to about my shoulder before pulling my hand up for recovery. I had no guesses on the finish drill.

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Aleksandar 18-09-2010, 10:25

Jissis Conrad you are still obsessed with that massive volume.

I am impressed.

Wonder if Ian Roger would give you some bikesession like that;
10 min easy spin.
1*30 sec one leg spin.
20 min steady easy spin in aero position.
Cool down

Would love that

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MarkyV 18-09-2010, 08:23

Try pressing your chest a hair bit more to get your hips up. Gotta love wetties, eh?

Missing Bend,
MVA

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