Reply To: concerns about long term development
I feel like “technical base” is the only thing that carries over through age and experience. Maybe that’s what we should say. I’ll never be a “bad” swimmer at this point in my life but I will be slow-ish and out-of-shape at points…
For instance, I had the flu all last week and didn’t get back in the pool till yesterday. I was able to do 4x25s of my five meet events and hold my pace times for each set (except the 100 free pace). I felt drained afterwards though. Today I doubled the amount of work and felt a lot better. So my “aerobic base” was decimated by the flu but in short bursts I was still holding my pace so I didn’t lose my “technical base”. But my aerobic capacity doubled over the last day.