EC Training (last 4 months) - Too Much or Too Little
OK, have an English Channel crossing (solo) booked in July and thought training was going well but having a few shoulder niggles and having just been on a swim camp, I canvassed opinion from a lot of very experienced swimmers about the remainder of my training. There were such wildly conflicting advice I feel a bit lost and worried about doing the wrong thing. So my plan was to ask around and use those opinions to form a new and revised training plan for the next 14 weeks or so (a scary number of weeks).
My shoulder is causing some bother but mostly I can manage - it irritates mostly when doing speed sets (I can't use paddles as they cause problems), do longer slower swims it is usually fine, or on faster stuff, fine after 2 days rest.
When I have asked how much pool/sea time I should be putting in, it ranges from
"two hard 3km speed/drill swims per week then a single long swim of 4 or 5 or 6hrs on a 3rd day each week and absolutely no more in a week except cardio gym work - and no weights in the gym"
to the other extreme which is
"you need to be building up to doing 50km per week before your tide plus weights in the gym".
So, very confused as to what to do. I am currently doing 22miles per week (some distance stuff and some sprint stuff) and 2-3 weight sessions per week. Its a lot but I am managing, was planning on 24miles per week in April, 26 in May etc until my tide - ie. ending on the 50km per week more or less. I am in the UK so as the water warms more of this will shift to lake/sea - as much as I can at least (its 99% in the pool now). I do half my normal distances one week per month to rest. People have said that this is way too much swimming overall though.
I realise that to a certain extent it is "what suits you and your life schedule" - but I quit work to train so my schedule is what I make it. I don't want to overtrain / damage something so close, but nor do I want to not prepare.
Thoughts very very welcome. Thanks in advance.