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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!

Ann Reid achieves Two Million Metres – May 2015

Ann Reid achieved her Two Million Metres on 24 May 2015. Ann may have swum her second million metres, but she has travelled a significant number of kilometres around Australia and even to the United States to get to the pools she swam in to achieve this award!

Ann commented about her achievement … “My second million metres took just under 4½ years (after my first million) and 449 pool visits to achieve; swimming as little as 500m or as much as 4300m in a single session. These sessions included many NSW swim meets, two National Championships (Sydney and Hobart), postal swims, endurance swims and club training sessions. The majority of swims were at Tuggeranong and various NSW Masters clubs’ home pools, but I regularly swam in Albury, Wagga and Wodonga (work related trips), Nunawading (visiting family in Melbourne), and also tried out the Byron Bay pool, the Adelaide and Launceston Aquatic Centres and the San Mateo and Santa Rosa College pools in California during this time.”

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!

Thredbo Swimming Camp 2015

Report by Leisa Cass, Club President

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming were again invited to participate in the Ryde Masters Swimming Club’s annual October long-weekend Thredbo Training Camp. This year saw Greg Gourley, Nicolee Martin and Leisa Cass as return participants and Annette Byron, Katrina Burgess and Maddie Flemming were first timers at this excellent weekend away.

The weekend involves 6 x two-hour training sessions, the first one starting at 4:30pm on Friday. Saturday and Sunday were 7am – 9am and 4:30pm – 6:30pm, and it wrapped up with a 7am – 9am session on the Monday morning.

While this may sound like a particularly tough programme, there is a strong focus on technique and drills, with the four Saturday and Sunday sessions each dedicated to one stroke. The overall distance in each session is similar to an average one-hour training session swum at a normal Vikings training session. They also ran a Freestyle sprint and ‘Form’ stroke sprint series, allocating points in line with FINA pointscore against your nominated time for each event. Greg Gourley and Annette Byron were high in the pointscore ranking after each session, with Greg coming out a winner for the ‘Form’ race series, and Annette was just a couple of places behind. Annette also placed fairly high in the Freestyle series.

This year, Ryde brought along their portable mirror panels which were laid on the bottom of the pool, to enable swimmers to practice drills and technique and observe themselves and correct their stroke. Apparently once swimmers get over the whole idea about looking at themselves swim, it is wonderfully helpful.

 

Leisa was coaching during that part of each session and unfortunately (or not?) missed the chance to see herself swim!

Between sessions, there was plenty of amazing food prepared and waiting for swimmers when they got back to Boali Lodge after training and at lunchtime, cafes and bakeries to visit, marked bushwalks for those with energy to spare, or a ride up the chair lift to Eagles Nest, and free wi-fi for those who just want to hang out at the lodge and get ready for the next swim session.

Everyone trained hard and enjoyed themselves, but probably Annette Byron summed it up best when she was heard to say (more than once) – “Did I mention to you how much fun I’m having?” .. and that’s the key to it all … work hard, take on board the feedback from the coaches and have the most fun possible!