2016 Swim Challenge

2016 Swim Challenge

Swim_JeffEvery year we set aside a couple weeks to up our swim training from our normal levels. While doing so, we put together a game to earn points to encourage a friendly competition. In past years, we have only run the game within the team forum, but this year we will be opening it up to anyone that wants to participate.

This year’s Swim Challenge will run from February 1-14 and workouts will be posted every day beginning January 31 with 3, 4, and 5k options. The only day we will not post workouts is Sunday (6 workouts/week in total)

In order to allow everyone to compete directly with one another, we offer three different categories to choose from:

  1. Swimmers that average 2:00+/100 yd/m during their aerobic sets (i.e. 10 x 100 steady)
  2. Swimmers that average 1:30-1:55/100 yd/m during their aerobic sets
  3. Swimmers that average <1:30/100 yd/m during their aerobic sets.

The swim game will run from February 1-14; we will post a 3, 4 and 5k workout each evening (6 days/week), but feel free to use your own workouts, join Masters, etc. We are trying to encourage everyone to get in the water in any way that works.

Points for this year’s game are earned as follows:

1 point for 2K swim in one day

1 bonus point for 3K swim if you use 2:00+ base for your swim workouts
1 bonus point for 4K swim if you are a 1:30-2:00 base swimmer
1 bonus point for 5K swim if you are a sub 1:30 base swimmer (or sub one hour Ironman swimmer)

1 bonus point for 5 swims in a week
1 bonus point for 6 swims in a week
1 bonus point for 10 swims in two weeks
1 bonus point for 12 swims in two weeks

Additional bonus points will be earned for doing:

  • 100m or yds for time
  • 400m or yds for time
  • 3, 4, or 5K straight swim based on the above swim speeds (2:00+, 1:30-2:00, sub 1:30)
  • One additional point for completing all three challenges: 100, 400 and straight swim.

You’ll be able to enter your swims here.
Register for this year’s challenge:

Base Pace:

Categories: Swim, Training

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Justin Daerr

Justin Daerr is a professional triathlete. You can follow him on Twitter @justindaerr.