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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 8:15 am    Post subject: Shall I get my coat? Reply with quote

Picked up a copy of Bill Sweetingham's training manual last night from the library. If you don't know, he's the Aussie coach who has turned around the prospects of the GB swim squad by not being particularly "touchy feely"! Anyway, to cut a long story short, the opening bit of the first chapter talks about the amount of training mileage you need to complete in order to become a competitive swimmer. 55km is said to be the minimum! Almost patronisingly, he says that someone who can muster just 8km a week can only expect to swim for "fun and participation"!!!!! I'm lucky if I manage 4km a week! Then again, there's always duathlons!

Giantman

PS. I did take a peep at some of the freestyle schedules - frightening!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

55k a week ! your having a larf man ! at my pace that would take (calculator out) ove 20hrs and mean > 3000 lengths of my pool. I did 10k one week and felt like i was a champion swimmer Sad .
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worry Crying or Very sad Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehehe, I've just cut back from 8k a week because I thought I was over doing it! Embarassed

There are plenty of books on the individual sports that will scare us multi-sport people. I glanced at a cycling book that mentioned some gruelling schedule I immediately forgot and a running book that said Paula runs 125 miles a week! I haven't run 125 miles ever, even adding it all up from my whole life! Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this proves that we will never compete at the highest level....

....except maybe in Trivial Pursuit!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob
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....except maybe in Trivial Pursuit!

----not even at the lowest level for me Crying or Very sad
---So what is left for me Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Errr..... the World Tiddlywinks Championship? Very Happy

No kidding, I saw it on Eurosport once.... amazingly hypnotic!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

skiing fashion ?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moods just got a bit better --made me smile Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just calculated my swim distance, for the week and realised I am not that far behind them
Twisted Evil
Just need to increase by 52km and I am in with a shot.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be pleased if I could cycle 55km per week, let alone swim it. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just thought i'd mention that 55km a week is for sprinters ie 50/100 M for a middle distance swim, 400M, they do 80Km.

BUT.............
Alexandra Popov (swimming god) used to do 50 odd Km a week, whereas Marc Foster does hardly anything and spends his time in the gym!!!!!!!!!!!
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