If you are organised and motivated and have somewhere to train, then here are three half-hour sessions that might be ideal for you.
You can do a good training session in the pool even when you are pressed for time. The recipe for achieving good results has three basic ingredients:
Whatever order you put them in, these three ingredients are equally vital and important.
Knowing how to organise yourself for a half-hour swim is all part of the art of planning.
If you already know at the beginning of the day that you will only have an hour to get to the pool-train-get back to the office, then organise yourself as best you can, so that your half-hour in the water is perfect. Make sure your bag is packed in time, check you have everything, write down your work-out so that you do not have to stop every 100 m to try and remember it, and make sure you have something to it.
Make sure you train at a time when you can make the most of your half-hour.
Do not go to the pool during the busiest times of the day, and if you cannot fit in your training session during the working day, then get up a bit earlier and train before you go to the office.
If even that is not possible, then make arrangements with other swimmers and create your own space in a swim lane so that you can train as effectively as possible. If you cannot make arrangements with other swimmers, lots of swimming pools have special lanes reserved for faster swimmers, which might be just the space for you.
This is the third crucial factor in making your half-hour training session a success.
Do you have a clear goal? Do you know why you are going to the pool? Good, then you have no excuses. Do not say you cannot get up early enough or you do not have the time or space.
The bigger you goal the greater your motivation must be.
If you have sorted all these things out, then here are three half-hour training sessions that might be ideal for you.
SESSION 1 – FOCUS ON ENDURANCE
SESSION 2 – FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE
SESSION 3 – FOCUS ON SPEED