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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Fibonacci Swimming Sets
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144…are the first set of Fibonacci numbers. Numbers in a Fibonacci sequence are the sum of the previous two numbers (i.e., 0 + 1 = 1, 1 + 1 = 2, 2 + 3 = 5).
The Open Water Swim Club occasionally does Fibonacci sets where the swimming set gets increasingly harder. For example, if you drop the zero, you can do a main set of 2000 (yards or meters) comprised of a set of 100 swims (yards or meters) utilizing the Fibonacci numbers:
1 x 100 @ 1:35
1 x 100 @ 1:30
2 x 100 @ 1:25
3 x 100 @ 1:20
5 x 100 @ 1:15
8 x 100 @ 1:10
or in another 2000 set where every swim is an a certain pace (e.g., 1:20 per 100):
1 x 100 @ 1:20
1 x 100 @ 1:20
1 x 200 @ 2:40
1 x 300 @ 4:00
1 x 500 @ 6:40
1 x 800 @ 10:40
Or you can do an 88-minute Fibonacci set in the open water where you alternate swimming moderately and fast (or slow and moderately):
Swim moderate for 1 minute
Swim fast for 1 minute
Swim moderate for 2 minutes
Swim fast for 3 minutes
Swim moderate for 5 minutes
Swim fast for 8 minutes
Swim moderate for 13 minutes
Swim fast for 21 minutes
Swim moderate for 34 minutes
Like Fibonacci numbers, the possibilities are endless.
Upper photo by Colin A Gift shows American Olympic swimmers Klete Keller, Erik Vendt and marathon swimmer Mark Warkentin training before the 2008 Olympics at Stanford University.
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