Thredbo Swimming Camp 2016

Report by Denise Druitt

Ryde Masters once again organised and invited our club to join their annual swim camp at Thredbo during 30 September – 3 October 2016.

There was a mixture of first timers and regulars from Tuggeranong Vikings:   Katrina BurgesAl Byrne, Leisa Cass, Denise DruittAtsuko McGowan, Kyle McLean (all the way from Geelong), Caroline Makin, Nicolee Martin, Elizabeth Needham, Anne Smyth and Marianne Tweedie.

One of our lane 1 swimmers, Denise Druitt, took up task of writing about her experiences at the swim camp…

What a great way to spend the long weekend!  No doubt we all wondered what we were doing driving into Kosciusko National Park with sleet and snow falling on the Friday … it was a relief not to have to put on snow chains.

The weekend was full of wonderful views, hard work, relaxing, eating, sleeping and many tips.  Some even found the energy to go for a walk, go up the chair lift, or ski.

Swim sessions were spread across early mornings (7am to 9am Saturday, Sunday, Monday) and evenings (5pm to 6.30pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday) with a 1 hour core session on the Saturday and Sunday (4pm to 5pm).

Our coaches Greg Lewin, Anne Smyth, Wendy Magnus, Leisa Cass and Caroline Makin provided us with lots of variety:  technique, race strategies, tumble/open turns, diving, engaging twitch muscles, and drills.  A great take away from the core sessions with Greg is the ‘spider splat’ an advanced plank … for those of us who can do it.  I was on my knees!  Anne imparted her race strategy secrets. The sessions were well spaced and varied being broken into two hard sessions:  endurance (slow to fast twitch), and sprint on two separate days.  In between these sessions focus was on stroke technique across freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke, turns and diving, so were less intense and allowed for some recovery.

Coaches did a great job:  memories of Lane 1 were: “I can’t do any more, What time is it, I need to fill up my water bottle,  I need to go to the toilet, I am feeling tired, I have cramps,  I am feeling dizzy, My snorkel keeps filling up with water, I have a sore shoulder, Can we just do 25 metres?”.  Our coaches took it all in their stride.  I am sure the other lanes didn’t employ our tactics!

It is good staying at Boali Lodge as meals are ready after swim sessions with no need to think about where or what to eat.  They cater for different food needs as well … and did I say that the views from the lounge are just wonderful!  It also has free Wi-Fi.

Monday morning put on another show of sleet in the Park for our return home.  Monday morning stretch and swim was a freshen up from the hard work and the highlight was finishing off on the slide into a much warmer pool.

It is a great way to spend the long weekend; body fatigue from exercise is a good feeling.

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