EPC Tips - Speed Building Swim Set

May. 28, 2015

Crank up the pace with this speed building set.

The main set of this session focuses on some fast paces broken up into smaller chunks to make the fast swimming more manageable. For this workout you will need to know what your maximum 400 yard/meter pace is, what your maximum 200 y/m pace is, and what your maximum 100 y/m pace is. The best way to know these for sure is to perform individual time trials of these distances as a test set within your training program. Then once armed with these paces, you can train specific to them and over time make improvements in the times. Becoming faster at short distances improves your overall swim efficiency and economy and gets you familiar with swimming above your extended distance race paces which helps with starts, turn buoys, bridging gaps, and finishing strong.

You'll notice that as the paces get faster the rest intervals increase to allow you to be able to swim the faster paces. Be sure to take adequate rest (more as needed) on these so you can really swim fast! Most endurance athletes are not accustomed to training at maximum or near maximum effort so it may take some patience to take the required rest, and will definitely take some strong mental focus to hit the last set of 100s at maximum 100 pace. It's time to crank it!


  • 400 easy
  • 4x100 snorkel, buoy, band @ 70%
  • 4x100 snorkel, band @ 80%
  • 4x100 swim @ 90%


  • 4x100 @ 400 pace, 0:30 rests
  • 100 easy
  • 4x100 @ 200 pace, 1:00 rests
  • 100 easy
  • 4x100 @ 100 pace, 1:30 rests
  • 100 easy


  • 200-800 easy pull w/ choice of gear
Written by Cody Waite, professional endurance athlete, endurance sport coach and founder of Endurance Performance Coaching. Looking for help with your training for 2015? Check out EPC’s Personal CoachingGroup Coaching, and Custom Training Plan options created to fit your needs and budget.  Don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ the EPC Facebook Page and follow Cody on Instagram
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