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Hi, I’m a 16 year old swimmer . I used to train for 5km and 10km events but due to quitting the sport and getting a shoulder injury coming back i’m doing sprinting. I’m getting annoyed though that I can swim 12.0 for a 25 yet my 50m time is 27.8. Is there anyway I can fix this? i really want to swim 25 for a 50 which should be possible,
thanks 🙂

Getting your fitness and strength to a level where you can maintain the same speed you have in the first 25m into the 2nd 25m will be the key.

You will need to train to achieve this, as well as develop power in both your arm pull and legs (for the start and kicking).

Work hard on holding the water under your body and pulling your body past your hand whenever you are swimming freestyle.

It is also worth doing sprints in training over 15m, 20m, 25m, 30m and 35m aiming to hold the same speed in each one, for a longer distance.

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Australian Swimming Clubs

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Hi
Recently I competed in a 1500 m triathlon swim in fresh water and found I could not get my breathing under control for the entire swim.  I found I could not do more than 10 strokes without stopping to catch my breath.  This is not usually a problem for me, any anxiety at the start usually resolves in a short time.  I tried to slow my stroke rate and push through but I could not do it.  Afterward my head was pounding and I was tremulous.

Any tips for overcoming such breathing problems in open water swims?

My suggestion is that you make sure that you acclimatize to the temperature of the water prior to starting the triathlon.  I used to do a lot of Open Water swims and I know what you are talking about in regards to a shortness of breath especially near the start of a swim.

I was taught to go in for a swim first and get used to the water temperature just before starting the race to assist in acclimatizing quickly.

The only other suggestion is to ensure you are warmed up before you start so that your heart rate doesn’t all of a sudden rise significantly.  During your warm up ensure your heart rate is elevated so that your body is ready for exercise.

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Australian Swimming Clubs

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I am 9 years old , i have been swimming since 13/6/2004 , i live in Damascus – syria
I can swim the four styles , I until now i had three championships in Damascus to the age 12 years old( butterfly – free – back ) iam looking to be olompiad championships – my family suport me too much . i train 6 times aweek for two hours each one .

I looking for technics and the ways to increase my speed. I know alot of things about your grate swimmmers , my father tell me about them , he helps to get more informations about swimming and shares with my drill, also my uncle who liyes in Australia .

Congratulations on your swimming so far. There are two great resources that you may be interested in… one just released and a second coming out soon.

A new swimming DVD is now available at www.techniquefirst.comhowever it can only be delivered in Australia at this time.  It may be worth buying and having it sent to your uncles first.

Secondly, a terrific new book called Swimming For Parents is due for release later this year and will provide great tips for your swimming.  You can submit your details at www.swimmingforparents.com to find out first when the book is released.

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Australian Swimming Clubs

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Can u give me some advice on how to swim 800m freestyle in a  competition. I am 11 years old

Your best bet would be to sit down with your coach and talk about the best way to swim an 800 based on your current training.

The main advice I can help you with is to work on even splitting the last 7 x 100’s so that you swim around the same time for all of them.  This will take a lot of practice and you will need to be fairly fit to achieve this.  It will also give you a good time if you can maintain a good pace the whole way.

Regards
Australian Swimming Clubs

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Hi, my name is Amy,
I swim for a club in Victoria. I have been swimming ever since i was 3. I am 15 years of age and I am really wanting to be a Olympic swimmer when I’m older.
How many sessions of training should i be doing to get to the top level? And what sort of training should I be doing?

I do training in the morning and I am ALWAYS tired in the morning. I drink a banana smoothie & eat two pieces of toast with nutella on them. But it still doesn’t give me enough energy.I just feel like i’m wasting time in my squad lessons because i have no energy. Is there something wrong with me? Please give me some ideas on what to eat.

At 15 years you should be doing 7 to 9 sessions per week if you want the background to go to the Olympics, depending on what your club offers and your commitments at school.  You should be doing a wide variety of training types including speed, endurance, race pace, aerobic and anaerobic sets…  Your coach should be able to guide you in this area.

In regards to eating, maybe try some carbohydrates the night before training so that you have a bit more energy in the morning.  I know when I swam that spaghetti or other pastas always helped me the next morning.

Otherwise, what you are eating / drinking should assist as well.

Regards
Australian Swimming Clubs

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I have had glandular fever 18 months ago.  I still cannot get my times down in anything over 200 , Is there hope still.  CAN MY BODY BE STILL RECOVERING?
Can”t find anyone who seems to know.  Would any sort of supplement or medication help?

As I am not a doctor, I am not in a position to advise you however I have coached a few athletes who have had glandular fever over the years.

Yes it can take some time to get ‘back to normal’ and yes there is ‘hope’ for you to get your times down.

I would suggest going to see a sports doctor who has experience with recovery from glandular fever as they will be able to assist or advise you.

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Australian Swimming Clubs

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Hello I am fifteen, I play basketball at a very high level and run track(sprints) I have always loved swimming and wanted to pursue it. At my age is it still possible to become and olympic swimmer and if so how?

Yes it is still possible to become an Olympic swimmer at your age however you would need to get involved in a strong squad training program immediately. Most swimmers at your age will be training 6 to 8 times per week for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, so it is a fair commitment.

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Australian Swimming Clubs

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Hello my name is Sara, and I want to know how old to be training to be in the Olympics . PS I am 11 and 10 months.

Hello Sara, The age of Olympic swimmers varies from around 16 years to 32 years. If you are now nearly twelve years, you should be aiming to swim up to 6 times per week for around 46 weeks of the year. At this age you should be working on your skills like starts, turns and finishes as well as improving your technique in all four strokes.

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Australian Swimming Clubs

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Hi, my name is Robert and I am 13 years old. My coach wants me to train more often but I can’t really find them time. I like playing other sports and don’t know if I just want to be a swimmer. Can you please help me make this decision?
Robert, Perth WA

Hi Robert,
Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to make this decision for you, as only you can do this, but I can provide you with some guidance. It is necessary for competitive swimmers to train morning and night by the time they get to your age, if they wish to be competitive at a State or National level. We do know of many swimmers who have successfully combined 2 or even 3 sports at a fairly high level up to the age of 15 or 16. Fortunately swimming provides you with a terrific aerobic base that will assist you to improve in many other sports as well, particularly sports like football, cricket, tennis, basketball, hockey and netball. Often at 15 or 16 you will need to make a decision on which sport to pursue if you wish to be highly successful.

If you would like to swim more and still retain involvement in other sports, sit down with your coach and parents and see what sort of timetable you could produce, combining all the activities you would like to do. Try doing more morning sessions if they are offered as this will free up some time in the afternoons. At your age, it is important that you maintain involvement in more than one sport. Good luck.

Regards
Australian Swimming Clubs

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