justplodon I didn't follow the Fink swim at all last year - i only learned front crawl in January there was no way i could do those sets.
I did do 3 sessions a week. 1 technique (not an aerobic session at all but lots of drills) 1 speed session (lots of quick short sets) and 1 long slow swim (with pool bouy).
Ghost, do you mind if I ask what sort of drills you did ... I am in a very similar boat (if only boats were allowed it would be sooo much easier), in that I am just getting to grips properly with front crawl now, so alongside building up my endurance base I could do with improving the speed a bit too.
My half swim was 47m but that was a lot of (mostly in fact) breaststroke, but I'd like to get nearer the 1:30 for the swim if I can, but not really sure on the type of drills etc I should be doing from a base of not really being a front crawler.