I love reading your emails, I have a question with my son’s swimming.
In a 100m race he goes well to the 50m mark then on the return he starts to loose form and races considerably slower.
How can he improve the speed in the second half of his race? This is in all strokes.
There are specific things that your son can do in practice that will help him improve the second 50m in each 100m swimming race.
When he is doing 100m swims in practice, he should focus on this swimming the second 50m at the same speed or faster than the first 50m. This is called even pacing (same time) or negative splitting (when the second 50m is faster than the first) and I look at these closely in my book Behind the Goggles. While he may be unable to do this in a race, it will help him improve his second 50m.
Another suggestion is to build all his swims in practice, when he gets the chance to. If he is going say 20 x 50m freestyle, practice building every 50m swim, and even get faster in the last 10 x 50s than the first 10.
I’ve also had a lot of success doing dive sprints immediately following a hard set. This helps the swimmers to practice swimming fast even when they are tired, like they will feel in the second 50m of a race.
Best wishes to your son and thanks for your support Dawn.