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Training

Thredbo Training Camp – 04-07 Oct 2019

Report by Liesl Peters

Once again, our friends at Ryde Aussi Masters (RAMS) took the lead in organising a long weekend swim training camp at Thredbo Village, in the beautiful Australian Alps. The weekend of 04-07 October 2019 coincided with the NSW Labour Day public holiday Monday and the official close of the Winter 2019 ski season. Attendance for the weekend was open to Masters swimmers from any club, and, this time around, the Ryde and Tuggeranong stalwarts were joined by swimmers from as far afield as Griffith and Port Macquarie. Lead coaches for the weekend were our own Anne S and Greg, assisted by Ryde’s Susan and Wendje.

The first swim session kicked off with meet and greet introductions, followed by the all-important stretching exercises. Then it was into the pool for some timing and pacing sessions over various distances, to set our individual standards for the rest of the weekend. In preparation for individual debriefs prior to the rest of the weekend’s sessions, coach Greg covered a few kilometres on foot walking up and down the side of the pool, using the GoPro to record overhead and underwater video footage of each swimmer.

Over the Saturday and Sunday, training sessions focused on freestyle, breastroke, backstroke and butterfly respectively, with at least one swimmer with too much energy breaking up the time in between by hitting the slopes! Hope there weren’t too many rocks amongst the very limited snow, Richard. The rest of us simply enjoyed getting into the routine of breakfast, swim, rest, lunch, rest, swim, dinner, rest, etc, etc – relaxing and chatting in the lounge rooms of the various accommodation lodges.

The final session of the weekend was the ‘recovery and fun’ session of Monday morning – with the serious training giving way to a ‘Last Swimmer Standing’ challenge. Every swimmer was challenged to set a pace time for an initial 50m freestyle sprint, and then to back up again and again and better that time as many consecutive times as possible. If you were slower than your initial time – goodbye! Otherwise keep repeating… Eventual joint winners were Suzy and Nicolee – sharing the most valuable prize of all!

To state the obvious, the weekend would not have been such a success without the enthusiastic efforts of our four coaches, as well as those from Susan in co-ordinating the accommodation, etc. Sincere thanks to all.

On top of the benefit of the six concentrated training sessions in a relatively short timeframe, the fantastic food and wine and the relaxed and social company of fellow swimmers and new friends – all in the great location at Thredbo – was icing on the cake! We’re all looking forward to 2020…

The training programs for each session are available at the links below:

Fri PM – Timing and pace

Sat AM – Freestyle

Sat PM – Breaststroke

Sun AM – Backstroke

Sun PM – Butterfly

Mon AM – Recovery and fun

Hills Long Distance Meet – 6 May 2018

Report by Katrina Burgess

It was a merry group of five plus Pete Sharman that attended the Hills Long Distance Meet on 6 May 2018 at Galston.

The Galston pool is a small 25m slightly too warm pool, and the event is run with staggered starts, thus swimmers going off individually on the whistle in effect like ‘time trials’.

Ann Reid manned the marshalling table the entire day due to her inability to swim from recent foot surgery which continues to keep her out of the water. Congratulations to Ann, she controlled the marshalling with such high precision that the swim meet finished two hours ahead of schedule!

The four swimmers: Kylie Lane, Caroline Makin, Katrina Burgess and Donna Campbell … mmm … all female, and all swam brilliantly.

Each girl swam a 1500m and a 400m event, and all swims added to the club’s 2018 Endurance 1000 program point score tally.

Kylie swam 1500m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley and both of these swims were PBs. Kylie is only new to the idea of endurance swimming as she previously just focused on her sprinting ability – it is marvellous to see her enthusiasm and rapid improvement since experimenting with the longer distances and coming to the “dark side”.

Caz also swam 1500m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley, still nursing the tail end of a head cold, moving up to a new age group this year and breaking three existing club records including the 400 and 800 during the 1500m Freestyle, and then another record in the 400m IM.

Katrina swam 1500m Backstroke and 400m Breaststroke, and must thank Pete for his amazing massage skills as she was so pleased to have swam as well as she did with her current neck injury. As well as setting the club record in the Backstroke, she achieved a PB and club record in her Breaststroke swim.

Donna swam the 1500m Breaststroke and 400m Backstroke, and came away with two further PBs. In the 1500m Breaststroke she scored herself three club records as she set the 400, and smashed the 800 along the way to the final 1500m finish.

Our club placed 6th from 21 clubs overall, and placed 1st on average points per swimmer – way to go Vikings!

Full results are available.

Caroline Makin achieves Two Million Metres – June 2015

Caroline Makin achieved her Two Million Metres on 16 June 2015 during a regular training session at Lakeside Leisure Centre, just over 2 years after recording her first million in May 2013.

Caroline said “I was very happy that I achieved my second million in almost 6 months less time than my first million and I am already well on my way to my third million – in fact after 4 months I am nearly 1/5th of the way to that target, which I hope to achieve in under 2 years. As our Club Captain, I try to encourage our members to experience a variety of Masters Swimming activities including swim meets, endurance swims, postal swims and the million metres award – there are so many different programs on offer through Masters Swimming Australia.  Personally, I not only take part in lots of racing at NSW State and BPS Meets in and around Sydney as well as our local ACT Interclub meets here in Canberra, but I am also am an active swimmer in the Endurance 1000 Program and I am endeavouring to complete the entire program for the first time this year, although completing 5 x 800m Butterfly swims and the long distance Breaststroke and Backstroke swims I find very challenging!”

The Vorgee Million Metre Awards is a great way to motivate yourself to keep coming to the pool, so why not start recording yours now!