When Getting Out Is Not Easy

When Getting Out Is Not Easy

Getting out of the pool is usually not a chore for competitive swimmers, but when getting out of the pool involves deck-ups, then things change.

Deck-ups during a main set or a sprint set are not easy. Deck-ups, coined by Tower 26 coach Gerry Rodrigues, can be incorporated into pool training sets where swimmers pull themselves out of the pool after each swim and then dive back into the water for the next swim during an interval-training set.

The set, properly done, prepares the athletes for the end of an open water race with an onshore finish or the T1 transition (from swim to bike) of a triathlon where athletes experience heart rate spikes from the transition from swimming in the horizontal position to running in the vertical position.

Sets of 10 x 50 + deck-ups can be brutal, especially on a fixed interval.

Photo of Adam Stevenson from the 2009 Axxess DSL Ocean Racing Series in Nelson Mandela Bay.

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Steven Munatones