2000 Meter Swim Workout

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Training Buddy Brandi and I are doing more and more of our swims outside.  It’s so nice!  But I really need to think of a sun protection solution – my sunscreen comes right off, and I end up with all sorts of crazy tan lines.  Maybe I need a rash guard shirt like Henry and Claire wear?


Brandi is super organized and always keeps a few workouts in her gym bag.  Once we pick our swim, we put it in a Ziploc bag at the edge of the pool so we can easily follow along.


We ended up tackling this awesome 2000 meter workout.  But I confess – I stopped after 1400 meters or so.  I was super sleepy and the lounge chairs looked mighty appealing.  Hah.

swim workout

To translate the swim speak:


4 X 100 @ 2:15 with 15 second rest means you swim 100 yards 4 times and try to do it in 2:15 minutes.  After each 100 yards, you take a 15 second break before starting again. Make sense?


Here’s one thing that I’m super good at – bringing fuel to our workouts!  I share, of course!  That day, I brought La Croix (which resulted in a lot of burps mid-swim…), an iced coffee, some Vega Sport Protein (pretty good!), and CVS Gold Emblem Abound Cranberry Orange Almond Crunch.  <— Ridiculously good and tasty.  I’ve tried a lot of yummy things from the CVS Gold Emblem line as part of my partnership, but that is by far the tastiest!


Do you keep food in your gym bag?  What do you pack?


I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the “Gold Emblem Abound Trail Makers” this year! I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my Trail Makers posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.



  • Jill May 29, 2015, 8:02 am

    Try SolRx or ProSport44 for sunblock that’ll last through your swims. They’re both available on Amazon. Rash guards are great, too, but when I’m in a pool I prefer just a swimsuit.

    I sometimes keep a banana in my gym bag, but my workouts aren’t usually more than 90 minutes at a time, and I know water is the only thing I need 🙂

  • Jennifer May 29, 2015, 9:30 am

    I have no ideas for sunscreen – the lap pool I use is inside.

    Thanks for posting your swim workouts…I’m always on the lookout for new ones. My current favorite:
    400 warm up
    100 kick
    6×50 @1:00
    50 easy (I usually kick because I don’t feel like I use my legs enough when I swim and my arms get the most workout)
    5×50 @ 1:00, 50 easy, 4×50 @ 1:00, 50 easy, all the way down to 1×50, 50 easy
    100 cool down

  • Kim F. May 29, 2015, 9:39 am

    This is AWESOME! I just learned how to swim about 6 weeks ago, and it amazes me that your warm up is my goal distance right now! You are amazing!!

  • Amanda May 29, 2015, 12:47 pm

    Swimming is so hard for me- I’m so impressed that you’re able to swim so far! I struggle doing 2 laps (literally)!

  • Carolina John May 29, 2015, 4:19 pm

    My swim workout was awesome today. Feel free to extract some for your own pace.

    800 warmup
    4 x 50 kick
    1200 straight, with the first 25 of each 100 non-freestyle (helps with counting)
    2 x 50 kick recovery
    6 x 75 on 1:15 descending (each one gets faster)
    50 kick recovery
    6 x 75 on 1:10 descending
    50 kick recovery
    6 x 75 descending on 1:05
    50 kick recovery
    150 cool down

    should be around 3600 yards. took me about 1:10 to finish.

  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me May 29, 2015, 7:29 pm

    Swimming always seems like it would be an entertaining workout! I need to give it a shot some time and you are motivating me to look into it more. I love the ziploc bag idea! Makes things super simple.

  • Emily May 29, 2015, 11:45 pm

    Sometimes, if I get up super early I bring bars or trail mix or a piece of fruit in my gym bag. So, I was wondering. How long does it take for you to swim 2000 meters?

  • Sagan May 30, 2015, 4:31 pm

    Nice workout!

    These days I don’t exercise for long enough to bring food along (and my GoodLife is a five-minute walk from my house, so I just wear my gym clothes straight there and come home to clean up :D), but I try to make a point to always have food ready for me when I arrive home. Gotta re-fuel!

  • Megan May 31, 2015, 5:24 pm

    FYI, the formatting on your blog is coming through really weird on my iPhone. I don’t know if it’s on your end or my end but it’s been like this for a few days now. Wanted to give you a heads up!

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