The Diary of a NZ International Swimmer
Part 2 - Vichy
After three weeks up at the Sierra Nevada altitude training centre it was time for us to come back down to sea level and test ourselves at a competition. Fortunately for us, the French Open, held in Vichy (just north of Lyon) was on the weekend we wanted to have a competition. Still fatigued from our training camp, but feeling good from the altitude training, neither of us knew what to expect. The competition used an outdoor 50m pool, with a 30 degree blue sky and a screaming French crowd, it was awesome.
We both improved on our results from the Mare Nostrums, with Steve finishing 3rd in the 200 free and myself 4th in the 1500 free and 5th in the 400 free. We both found that we didn’t actually get “puffed” when racing, it was only muscle fatigue which stopped us from going faster. The altitude training obviously worked especially for our teammate Lauren Boyle, who won top female competitor and walked away with 11,000 euros ($18,000NZD).
Results Day 1:
Results Day 2:
- Dylan 5th in 400 freestyle
- Steven 5th in B final of 100 freestyle
- Steven 3rd in 200 freestyle 1.50.43 (fast)
- Dylan 10th in 200 freestyle
- Dylan 4th in 1500 freestyle
- Steven 2nd in mixed 4 x 100 free relay (with Matt Stanley, Lauren Boyle, Sam Lucie Smith).
We are now in Castellon Spain for our 3 week taper camp. Which means resting up, improving our speed and preparing mentally to go faster than we have ever been at our major meet for the winter, the USA Opens! We can’t wait to get that feeling of being fast! (Also we get to swim less kilometres in the pool which is always good!!)
As you could tell by the amount of exclamation marks, Steve wrote the last paragraph.
Until our next update,
Hasta la vistaa