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Tip 088: Training for the 1650

Training for the 1,650 is much different than training for sprints but it's something that distance swimmers, open water swimmers and triathletes are very interested in.

A 1,650 is

66 25's
33 50's
16.5 100's
8.25 200's
you get the idea

What pace can you currently hold per 100 in the 1650?

What is your goal pace per 100?

What do you need to do to improve enough to handle your goal pace and reach your goal time?

Work on improving your:
1) technique, stroke, turns, and streamline,
2) conditioning,
3) speed,
4) sense of pace / ability to correctly split the 1,650 and
5) body

college milers tend to train 10,000 - 15,000 per day 6 X per week. Ideally as a master, training 6 times a week, 5,000 per practice, would get you in great shape, but in reality, do the best you can.

You can improve your time by quite a bit, by improving your technique. Better strokes, turns and streamlines can significantly improve your time.

This is training hard, improving your mind's and body's ability to handle stress and fatigue. In practice, work on improving the pace you can hold for:
20 to 40 x 50's
10 to 20 100's and
5 to 10 x 200

What is your target pace 50 time?
What is your target pace 100 time?
What is your target pace 200 time?

every now and then test where you are in the 1,650 in practice or in a meet. Maybe swim one for time every 2 or 3 or 4 week.

Sometimes over distance can help as well.
Do 2000's, 2500's or 3,000's

You should do some fast hard swimming to figure out how fast you are for 50's, 100's and 200's and the difference between your sprint time and pace time. Great distance swimmers all out 100 times isn't far off their 100 pace time. Sprinters will have a wider margin.

Splitting / Pacing
The fastest 1,650 swimmers even or negative split their swims, I think it's best to begin with an effort you can sustain. Great 1,650 swimmers keep their 50 and 100 times close together.
Your first 50 will be faster because you get a dive.
Start out easy and smooth. If you start out too hard, you'll hurt more than necessary and you won't swim as fast of a time.

if you're overweight, lose the pounds you need to lose
If you're weak, get stronger

Train hard over a series of months and you'll see your time improve considerably. Work on seeing how many 100 yard swims you can do on at your pace time.