We were wondering just what a ‘Race Train Race Tour’ was?
This format allows swimmers to race a short open water race to improve their distance swimming. And it’s not surprising that the athletes participating in this tour are from Canada as their open waters will just be impossible to train in during their Winters.
Six young athletes are in South Africa for a two-week Race Train Race Tour as part of Swimming Canada’s strategy to develop a culture of distance swimming in Canada. Swimmers are given personal race analysis instantly to correct any mistakes and tactical errors made. This gives them the opportunity to improve their performance next weekend in the World’s largest open water race, the 2018 Midmar Mile.
Encouraging Distance Swimming in Canada
The group will continue training in Durban under the guidance of Mark Perry (Swimming Canada Open Water Coach) and Dave Johnson (Calgary’s Cascade Swimming Club Head Coach). “This event gives us a good grasp before next weekend’s Midmar Mile. It’s really exciting to see how we are now starting to develop a generation of distance athletes that see open water as an extension of their event base and something that they are keen to learn more about,” Perry said. “The swimmers are getting an array of experience from pool events to exposure to different open water activities.”
Distance Swimming Today
“The world has significantly changed in open water ever since the 2012 Olympic Games and we are seeing a shift in the athletes’ ability to swim fast at the end of 10 kilometres, not just swim 10 kilometres. This camp will be addressing current issues athletes and coaches need to address in training and in the race,” said Swimming Canada High-Performance Director John Atkinson.
Some Swimming Results
Canadian men finished 1 through 4 in the kick-off race Friday, while Canadians took the top two spots on the women’s side. Alexander Pratt of Calgary’s Cascade Swim Club led the pack for the men, while Marit Anderson of Calgary Patriots was the women’s winner. “The first lap was pretty easy but then it picked up a lot and I thought no, I can win. I liked it, it was fun,” Pratt said.
Canada’s Swimming Strategy
The team will have access to constant video feedback and individual coaching to help refine their technique for the upcoming races on Feb. 10 and 11. “I’d like to see them on the podium, but the main aim of the trip is to keep learning, keep improving and prepare them for the challenges ahead,” Perry said.
As part of Swimming Canada’s strategy to continue developing the open water program, various tours and events have been implemented to provide different experiences and growth to the next generation of distance swimmers.
Original Article appeared on www.swimming.ca/en