Reply To: Bob Bowman on USRPT
I don’t think Bowman understands USRPT the way Rushall presents it. Dr. Rushall has always said that the USRPT concept has been around a long time. He has shown us the scientific basis of it. Also, Dr. Rushall believes very strongly that the USRPT sets are only one part (i.e. 1/3) of the training. Bowman is correct on this point. But Dr. Rushall emphasizes the technique aspect that must accompany the sets as well as the psychological component of, e.g. building your specific race strategy.
Bowman does not understand that there is variety in USRPT and the biggest motivator of all, the idea of pushing that first failure of the set farther and farther down the road. That is the daily challenge and for this Masters swimmer, the most exciting part of the set each and every day.