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The Nepean Swim Club just outside Ottawa Ontario used to run a spring meet called Eagle-Beaver – which was attended by a number of US clubs still training SCY as the LC outdoor pools were not yet open. Canadian teams has indoor LC pool – therefore had been training LC for some time….the US swimmers blew us out of the water at the meet – no LC training – just a lot of – fast at the time – swimming – the US swimmers put SC stroke rates into LC swimming it appeared to work quite well.

Mark Temple a Canadian Coach who has been working in the US for many years used to talk about how LC RACING provided the bulk of his LC training.

Suggest that if you are trying to build “motor units” for racing – you had better be training at Race Pace – if it’s not working LC – what are you helping your swimmers to build? Could be tough-slow swimming …they are not handing out medals for tough – slow – 2 hour workout swimming…

Q: What do you expect to get out of LC Training? Q: How do you help your swimmers LEARN to race LC?
Q: What skills/understandings does a swimmer need to have to be able to hold stroke length and stroke rate for a LC 50? Q: Same question for doing the same thing for the next x 50s of the race – Is that trained or learned?

Think about USRPT in a SC pool – and one off learning swims done LC –