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    Hi All,

    I have just bought an Ironman plan but I do all of my swimming in open water, meaning that even if I follow the zone drills, the sessions of “rest” are not quite so easy as they would be in a pool.

    Has anybody else had to adapt their plan to include only open water swimming, and if so what did you do?

    Thanks in advance,



    Hi Snooky

    I have two fixed buoys at my swim spot in the lake that I use when I do intervals in open water. I know the distance between the two buoys so I have a better estimation of the distance that I swim each interval and I can hold onto them during the rest periods making it a bit more relaxed. Maybe you can find some buoys or other markers as well?

    But in general, in my opinion you will always compromise a bit on the quality of the intervals when you do swims with speed work in the open water. It’s just something you have to accept as the cost of being able to have your swims in open water 🙂


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