Two-time Olympic medalist Thomas Lurz (silver in 2012 and bronze in 2008 Olympic 10km Marathon Swim) is renowned for his workout habits.

In the build-up to the 2012 London Olympics, he trained as intensely as anyone else in the open water swimming world. One of his intense distance training camps was a pool of pain, called Battle Training.

He was joined by English Channel record holder Trent Grimsey and FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup champion Chad Ho in a special 2-week training camp in Potsdam, Germany.

Sounding eerily similar to Cork Distance Camp founder Ned Denison, Battle Training founder and German national team coach Dirk Lange explained, “The strongest will survive. We’re offering it for everyone who is not scared of pain.”

Lurz recalls, “The training is tough and brutal. We did 102,000 meters in the first week. It is pretty hard. We did 75,000 meters in the second week, but there were three practices per day for three straight days. Every session we do a really tough. People are swimming fast. When we do sets like 20 x 200 or 4 x 800 or 5 x 1500. One set was 20 x 200 @ 2:30 with a lactate testing after 10 swims. [World pool swimming champion] Paul Beiderman can beat [the open water swimmers] in the short distance. He was averaging 2:06. I was averaging 2:10-2:12 which is bad for me, but good for the beginning of my season. I train with Jan Wolfgarten, Chad Ho and other good IM’ers, 1500-meter swimmers and the open water swimmers. Everyone tried to race [during the camp].”

Ned…Dirk…what is it with the one-syllable coaches?



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