Friday, December 26, 2008

Tough Workouts Way Back When

Before there was Petar Stoychev who just won the last eight consecutive FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix titles, there was Paul Asmuth who was the dominant professional marathon swimming during the 1980’s and an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

When asked to describe his toughest workout, Asmuth recalled a long day in the office (at Mission Viejo Nadadores) under the helm of USA Swimming National Team Head Coach & General Manager Mark Schubert.

"We had just put in two long, hard workouts totaling about 22,000 yards [a little over 20,000 meters]. We were exhausted. Then Mark told us that we had to go 10 x 75’s on 45 seconds before we could get out." [note: approximately equivalent to a 47-second pace in a 25-meter pool]

"I was only able to make 4 of them on the first set. I had to do it again. But, I only made 6 or 7 on the second set. Mark STILL didn’t let us out. But, I made all 10 on the last set. That was REALLY hard."

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