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OneGoodLeg

Aug 16, 11 14:17

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From today's ESPN SportsNation chat w/ Ryan Lochte:

http://espn.go.com/...olympian-ryan-lochte

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Ali (California)
Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim?

Ryan Lochte
(2:51 PM)
Oh, I lost count. We swim 9 times a week. I would say including if it's just in the pool, we swim around 20 hours a week. But with dryland and weight training, I'd say 35 hours a week. Yardage, I'd say we go 70,000 meters a week.

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OneGoodLeg

Aug 16, 11 14:19

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BTW, I may have cracked 70K for a week once or twice... running.


veganerd

Aug 16, 11 14:22

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

my 13 y/o daughter swims 10 hours a week m-f then whatever she feels like on the weekends , when she moves up to varsity it will be 20

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Cheddar

Aug 16, 11 14:28

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

And what's even crazier is they hardly do "rest" days. Swimmers at that level do a hard workout basically every day. By far the most mentally taxing sport.


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cswim10

Aug 16, 11 14:34

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Lochte's coach is known for higher yardage than most.

I wouldnt look at Lochte as the swimming norm.

Now a days, swimmers and coaches are playing around with the "new school" approach to the sport. Essentially, less is more. Quality over Quantity. It has taken swimming a few years to catch up to all the other athletes out there with this mentality. It will be interesting to see how the sport progresses over the next few years post lochte and phelps.


SeasonsChange

Aug 16, 11 15:04

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

i swim in a week less on my big ironman week than i did daily in highschool which is 7000yards.

i can crank 1:20/100yrds as long as i need to.


Chris Athey

Aug 16, 11 15:15

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I'm at 18k, I swim about 3k a day 6 times a week so about 6 hours of my total training is in swimming. Of that, two days are tempo 300 meter reps days, two days are speed days like 100 meter rep days, and long days of that could be 2k straight through with 1000 warmup, or 4 by 500. Really top of the line itu types are in the pool about 30k, and thats a high volume swim week for them.


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596

Aug 16, 11 15:32

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

zero/zero.....I swim only when I race......I hate swimming.

I'm fast enough without swim training to be a middle of the pack swimmer : ) which is good enough for me!

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Chris Athey

Aug 16, 11 15:46

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That's impressive that you're mop. I swam a 40 minute 1500 when I wasn't swimming haha.


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596

Aug 16, 11 16:02

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I was able to suffer to a 76 minute IM swim without any training. Most of my races are sprints now a days. I can suffer thru a 15 minute 800. Fine by my standards and my old age :-)

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LuvMyCrappyBike

Aug 16, 11 16:10

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I swim 2500 meters 4 days a week.

Looks like that's not enough and I need to up that considerably.


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Fastyellow

Aug 16, 11 16:19

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

OneGoodLeg wrote:
But with dryland and weight training, I'd say 35 hours a week.


I'd ask why he is wasting 15 hours a week weight training.........baddaboom! ;)


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cannastar

Aug 16, 11 16:38

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Biggest week was 21k's. Consistently between 10-13km, last week it was 18km.

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James Haycraft

Aug 16, 11 16:41

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Why not drop it down to 1:15/100 yards? ROI...


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stoobie

Aug 16, 11 16:52

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

These days 4 - 5 days a week 12 to 20k (yards) depending on time of year. A far cry from the 80 - 90k weeks back in college. Our coach used to start each day with a 200 easy followed by 20x 100 descending from 1:10 to 1:00, then we'd break up into specialty groups. Got to admit, as much as we thought he was crazy it was an quick way to bang out 2000yds before getting into the meat of a workout...ahh, to be young again...


Drinyth

Aug 16, 11 17:07

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Back in college I maxed out somewhere between 75-90k a week (during winter break - two a days, six days a week).

Now, usually 7-10.5k a week (3.5k a session x 2-3 times a week).


FLA Jill

Aug 16, 11 17:13

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At least for our college breaks, we were in some place warm and sunny where it was like swim-nap on beach-lunch-nap-swim-eat-sleep when we were at 10-12K LCM per day for the trip. (And this was a mid-level D3 program that wasn't seen as doing excessive distance.)

These days, about 6-7K a week.


SeasonsChange

Aug 16, 11 17:17

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [James Haycraft] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

James Haycraft wrote:
Why not drop it down to 1:15/100 yards? ROI...

swimming has a really negative effect on my running.


realAlbertan

Aug 16, 11 17:18

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I know of some guys who did 200 000 metres/week in the 80's. My longest week was over 100 000.

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Duffy

Aug 16, 11 17:24

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I don't swim train at all. I just make sure all my races are wetsuit legal and I use a noodle.


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PT

Aug 16, 11 17:47

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I usually swim 3 x weekly for 9-12km total. Sometimes 1500 or so extra in the ocean too. For me this is the minimum that I can get away with and fit into my life - i'd do more if I didn't have a job. Physically, my body likes high mileage and responds well but mentally it gets tough after a while sometimes. Feels nice to to be fast when you do the work though.

I agree with the post above about quality being the new focus - remember Misty Hymens approach to her comeback Beijing Olympics? Apparently she barely swam at all - focussed on flexiblity & conditioning with weights a lot though. She is probably the anti-Lochte in many ways.


jayhawk.

Aug 16, 11 17:50

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In IM peak time I swim 3x/wk for a total of 9000-10500 meters.

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realAlbertan

Aug 16, 11 17:58

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Yeah, I remember Misty. I had a bit of a thing for her back then, to be honest. I was happy to see her beat Suzie in 2000. I sat next to her for couple of flights in the late 90's, plus we swam the same events so she was always around the warm down tank when i was.

Currently I swim 5-15 000 metres most weeks but i do volume weeks in the winter.

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schroeder

Aug 16, 11 18:03

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Re: Approximately how many yards/hours a week do you swim? [OneGoodLeg] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

70,000 meters shouldn't be that hard for Lochte.

2 workouts per day -- 1.5 hrs and 1 hr @ 4000m/hr 7 days/wk. Done.

It seems quite light for how fast he is.


PT

Aug 16, 11 18:57

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Swim training overall seems to still have this interesting duality where mileage counts but most of the workouts are interval-based. Even the high-milers are doing sets based on times with rests etc. Anyone here got a good handle on the leading training philosphies in swimming these days? Particularly, how do they translate to the components of a session in the pool?

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