Many people have asked about my training.
When I trained for the English Channel and Catalina, I followed Marcia Cleveland's training plan that she outlined in her blog http://www.doversolo.com/catalina.htm. She was training at age 44 for Catalina. I think she mentioned that she was an older athlete and didn't train as many yards as she did when she was younger. I figured that worked for me since I also had the mileage under my belt from previous swims. I have converted her yardage estimates into kilometers. In the fall she swam up to 18 km per week, in Jan & Feb she swam up to 23 km/wk, in March/April she swam up to 27 km/week and in May/June, she swam up to 32 km. Catalina was a 32 km swim, so I figured that the goal is to build up to "the distance of the swim per week" by the last couple of weeks before the taper.
Since the Three Provinces swim is a 47 km swim, and this is my 5th year in a row of doing big swims, and I am 58 with several shoulder injuries caused by falls, I decided I needed to work up to 47 k per week but I didn't want to push the mileage until I could get outside in May. So April was 27 k per week, May averaged 32 k per week. June will be 36 k per week. There will be one week of 40 k and two of 47 k.
I worked on speed and technique in the pool alone and with my Masters team. Since May 10 I have been swimming outside and focusing on distance.
I have been doing core strength training with my trainer twice a week this year. I am also working on keeping the muscles around the joints "balanced" and keeping the injuries at bay with my trainer and Active Release Technique chiropractor.
As in previous years, I will do one long "trial swim" of 32 km in a couple of weeks.