Thursday, March 20, 2008

Swim lit

At the Times, Gretchen Reynolds has an interesting article about Olympian Ryan Lochte's swimming regimen.

I should do some backstroke with a pull buoy, I forgot what a good drill that is...

Hmmm, if I were a fact-checker, though, I would suggest that there are several misleading things in there--unless it is, basically, sarcastic, this does not seem to me helpful advice! Can she really have understood the context for the distance/speed suggestion she makes?!?
Even if you’re a fitness swimmer, incorporate competition and goal-setting into your routine. You don’t necessarily have to sign up for races, but aim to reach the far wall a smidgen faster than you did the day before, or try to break a minute in the 100-meter freestyle, a good benchmark for speed.

2 comments:

Wendy said...

Well, I guess there's nothing to stop us from *trying* to break a minute in the 100 metre free! ;-)

Thanks for the link!

Lynn said...

That's FAST! Crap! I think at the height of my swimming ability, I once maybe raced a 1:07. But again, we don't care about 100 sprints, right? I'd much rather log a mile or two at a time! :)

I found my own version of the CP loop yesterday - 8 miles of deserty (jack rabbits and rattle snakes!), hilly, rocky terrain, free from cars and most other people... I could definitely get into trail running!