Getting Ready With 200 x 100 x 100

Getting Ready With 200 x 100 x 100

Ned Denison, a candidate for the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, relentlessly pushing athletes to succeed in their marathon swimming goals, whether it is in his notorious open water training camps in Ireland or in the controlled confirms of a pool.

Today we had core group of five in the pool for a long swim set,” Coach Ned explained. “The set was 200 100 100 – or 200 x 100 meters on 100 seconds for a 20K swim. It was simple, non-nonsense and brutal.”

“[In order to help prepare the athletes,] I announced that there was the strongest adverse tide ever for the first mile of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and that the organizers expected 70% of the swimmers to be unable to make the corner. We would all sprint for 2,500 meters at the start.”

Colm Breathnach commented, “I can vouch for it being a tough set. What gets you after a while is the unforgiving nature of the pace clock. Only after 3 or 4 hours do you realise how hard it is to maintain the pace you found easy for the first 2 hours. Ok, so it was in a pool, so what. It was still a tough workout, a different type of tough to a 20K ow swim, hot water, 799 tumbles and plastic wave breakers on the lane rope to keep you on the straight and narrow and all under the eye of the clock. We were not so merry at the end. Would i do it again? In a heartbeat.”

Gotta love Ned (shown in the Santa Barbara Channel above) and his merry band of marathoners, especially since Ned was right there with everyone slogging out those 200 100’s one after another after another after another.

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