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    Speed and Long workouts

    Due to a scheduling and available time, I've setup the following workout schedule for the summer.

    Mon: Off
    Tue: Run - Speed; Swim
    Wed: Bike - Speed
    Thur: Swim - Speed; Run
    Fri: Bike - Long
    Sat: Bike; Swim - OW - Long
    Sun: Run - Long

    Will I survive doing all my speed work in 3 consecutive days then all 3 of my long workous in consecutive days? I've got a sprint coming, an Oly in July, and my first HIM in September. I'll probably do another sprint or two thrown in there as well for fun. I figure I'll just give this a shot for a few weeks and see how it works out.

    Any ideas or suggestions?

    Thanks

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    The 3 long workouts on consecutive days looks OK, since a long swim isn't nearly as hard on the body as a long run, in my experience with my body, so the swim is something of a break from weight-bearing workouts.

    As far as the 3 speed days in a row, I suppose that depends on:

    1) how intense these really are, and how long

    and

    2) how well you can recover from week after week of this

    At 47 I can no longer do 2 really hard workouts on consecutive days for a few weeks in a row without bad things happening, but your experience may be different.
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    I was thinking the same about the long days.

    I plan on trying to keep the speed rather short as I already know I won't be able to recover too quickly. I am only 26 which should help I think but I am slow so my speed work compared to others is probably rather tame.

    I think I'll give it a shot and just readjust later if it doesn't work out. My main goal is to get 3 workouts each in with one speed day, one sort of moderate day, and one longer day of each. I'll never win an AG race or anything, but I do like to try and improve my previous times.

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    I would recommend a step down week after 3 weeks. Your body needs to recover for a while after you keep this type of workouts going. Speed work should be no more than 10% of weekly mileage. This will increase as your total miles go up, obviously. But take it slow. Do not add more than 10% every other week to your total miles either. This will help with overuse injuries.

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