This week, due to some time constraints, I combined the Base Interval and Speed/Sprint Interval working sets from the Mid Volume Olympic plan into one single workout. So essentially, warm-up, 7x100 base, 6x100 speed, sprint intervals, cool down. Naturally this isn’t an identical training stimulus to doing two, somewhat shorter workouts, but does anybody who knows something about swimming have an opinion if this gives an approximate training stimulus? This way was definitely more time efficient, and I gave myself a long (~5 minute) break between the base intervals and speed intervals which seemed to be plenty and let me work similarly hard as when I do the speed intervals alone.
When possible, I’d like to keep the workouts separate, but sometimes it’s much easier to fit 8 workouts in a week rather than 9. Thanks for your thoughts.