It’s almost warm enough to golf, eh?:)
Each week I do a few swim workouts. Two are masters swim practices, and one is a swim technique class with my Ironman training group. Last week we worked on swim golf.
What is that? It’s a way of finding your sweet spot in terms of how many strokes you take to go the distance as quickly as possible. Kind of like cadence on a bike or running. But in the swim, you play the game a little differently:].
Swim golf – or SWOLF – is an interesting drill, intended to measure efficiency in swimming. It’s important to understand how to use it correctly. Here’s the drill (source):
- Swim one length of the pool
- Count the number of strokes you take
- Get your time (in seconds)
- Take the sum of (2) and (3). That is your SWOLF score.
- Repeat steps 1-4, trying different combinations of stroke rate, stroke length, and effort. Which combinations produce the lowest score?
I found this workout to be challenging, and am still trying to figure out my numbers.
Have you ever played Swim Golf?