-------------------------------------What is A.T. pace?

A.T. is the abbreviation for "anaerobic threshold" which is the level of output above which your body can
not operate for an extended period of time. In the Ford Aquatics program for Masters we determine
A.T. pace through a timed 1500 yd./m. swim. Your average pace for that swim is considered threshold pace.

Threshold pace is used in the Ford training system on a daily basis. Most sets are done on an interval designed
to achieve an overload or stress on a particular energy system. Your  interval will be based on your threshold
pace. It is important to swim in a lane with those who have approximately the same threshold pace as you.
Ask the coach if you are unsure where you should swim.

Once you complete your first 1500 time trial, check the table below for your A.T. pace per 100:

                                                                     

1500 time: pace/100:     
1500 time: pace/100:     
1500 time: pace/100:
16:00
1:04
22:00
1:28
28:00
1:52
16:15
1:05 22:15 1:29 28:15 1:53
16:30
1:06 22:30
1:30
28:30 1:54
16:45
1:07 22:45
1:31 28:45 1:55
17:00
1:08 23:00
1:32 29:00 1:56
17:15
1:09 23:15
1:33 29:15 1:57
17:30
1:10 23:30
1:34 29:30 1:58
17:45
1:11 23:45
1:35 29:45 1:59
18:00
1:12 24:00
1:36 30:00 2:00
18:15
1:13 24:15
1:37 30:15 2:01
18:30
1:14 24:30
1:38 30:30 2:02
18:45
1:15 24:45
1:39 30:45 2:03
19:00
1:16 25:00
1:40 31:00 2:04
19:15
1:17 25:15
1:41 31:15 2:05
19:30
1:18 25:30
1:42 31:30 2:06
19:45
1:19 25:45
1:43 31:45 2:07
20:00
1:20 26:00
1:44 32:00 2:08
20:15
1:21 26:15
1:45 32:15 2:09
20:30
1:22 26:30
1:46 32:30 2:10
20:45
1:23 26:45
1:47 32:45 2:11
21:00
1:24 27:00
1:48 33:00 2:12
21:15
1:25 27:15
1:49 33:15 2:13
21:30
1:26 27:30
1:50 33:30 2:14
21:45
1:27 27:45
1:51 33:45 2:15

Be sure to round your A.T. pace up to the nearest :05 to make it easier to figure on repeats. As your
conditioning improves, you may be able to round your A.T. down. If you haven't been an active swimmer
for some time you probably will see a dramatic improvement in threshold pace on your next 1500 time trial.

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