If you are coming back after a layoff, here's some things you might find:
Sessions 2-5 feels like a bit of a slog and you are a long way from where you used to be.
Session 6 is often a breakthrough, feeling like you've got a bit of fitness back.
Sessions 7-14 you should find you can complete full training sessions well. Take advantage of this and get some solid sessions under your belt, perhaps adding a red-mist session to your weekly routine.
Session 15-20 Somewhere in here you're going to experience another jump in fitness which is very motivating. You'll also have the odd bad session where you feel flat, that's to be expected.
Sessions 20-40 The improvements will keep coming bit by bit but expect them to be a little smaller than previously. Keep it rolling and remember consistency is everything!
We recommend you keep a training log which you can look back on to assess your training weeks or years later. Numbering those sessions within a block gives you added perspective on how you were doing.
You might have 30 sessions planned over the next 10 weeks (perhaps leading up to a challenge or key race) and numbering them tells you exactly how far you have come and how far you have to go.
For an elite level example, see Paul Newsome's block of 50 sessions leading up to his win at the mighty 46km Manhattan Island Marathon swim: www.swimsmooth.com/paul-mims-training.html
|Paul with the Gallagher Cup.|