Deck-ups (noun): A pool training set where swimmers pull themselves out of the pool after each swim and dive back into the water for the next swim during an interval-training set. The set prepares the athletes for the end of an open water race with an onshore finish or the swim-bike leg of a triathlon where athletes experience heart rate spikes from the transition from swimming in the horizontal position to running in the vertical position.
The coach asked the swimmers to do a set of 10 deck-ups where they pulled themselves out of the pool and dove back into the water for 10 fifty-yard sprints on one minute.
Excerpt from the Open Water Swimming Dictionary (2009 American English version).
Photo of Adam Stevenson from the 2009 Axxess DSL Ocean Racing Series in Nelson Mandela Bay.
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