This morning’s 90 minute training session in the 50m pool consisted of 74 length. That makes a total of 3.700 m. Just short of 4km.
A 800 m swim comprises of 16 length, a 1.500 m swim comprises of 30 length of the 50m pool.
Whenever I am confronted with fear, I am trying to rationalise and approach ‘problems’ mathematically. The fear I am most frequently confronted with is the 800 and 1500 m freestyle competition. Well that is equalled by the 200 butterfly and followed by the 400 IM.
Freestyle, I can work out that swimming 3.700 m in 90 minutes equals just over ~41m per minute. Madison’s PB for 800m freestyle is around 11 minutes. Equals ~73m per minute.
For the 1.500 freestyle 15 minutes is an excellent Olympic time, that makes 100m per minute.
For the 800 freestyle 8 minutes is an excellent Olympic time, that makes 100m per minute.
There is going to be also an evening training session today, which is over 2 hours, e.g. 120 minutes with even more length than in the morning session; most likely 5.000 meters.
So do swimmers really prefer to spend an evening swimming between 3.700 m and 5.000 meters per session, a total of 8.700m per day instead of just swimming 800 or 1.500 m per session?
Perhaps this is just a case of learning energy distribution. Obviously a swimmer will spend all their energy by swimming fast for 8 – 15 minutes instead of swimming medium fast for 120 minutes.
Butterfly, when small Butterfly was Madison’s favourite stroke but at the first time-trial Madison ever attended, most other swimmers told her not to do the butterfly time-trial as it is too hard.
Equal fears are spread about the 400 IM.
Looking at how many length a swimmer swims casually in training without fears, why do they mount up as soon as a competition is announced?