Over the coming months I am going to talk about my training preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games which is now 10 months away. This is a long preparation and it is important for the coach to mix up the training so it doesn’t become boring. Bohly & his assistant coach, Duncan Todd have devised a new training format for our senior squad to keep us all motivated and it was lots of fun. It involved a lot of dry land and cardio work for the first 6 weeks that we were back in training.
Duncan devised an “Amazing Race” type run where we were divided into 2 teams of 4 people each. The “A” Team, comprising of D’Arcy, Bronte, Kenny and Ricey were the overall winners despite the cheating from the other team, who will remain nameless. We were given a sheet of clues and would commence our 10 kilometer run. An example of a clue would be, “I am a Landmark in the middle of Southbank and I am named after a bank. Stand in front of me and take a group photo.” My team did all the challenges correctly where as the other team only produced a photo of one person standing in front of the Suncorp Piazza. This didn’t help them in the end because my team still won! The challenges were so much fun and they really bought out the competitive spirit between us all.
Another example of a cardio work out was – 10 minutes on a spin bike followed by a 1 kilometer run followed by shooting 10 hoops and we had to do this 3 times through. The shooting of 10 hoops proved the most challenging for some of us. There was a lot of extra cardio and Core Strength Dryland work every evening. The idea of the land work every evening instead of swimming was to help get us fit quickly and get back into shape. The only pool session we did was in the mornings and we swam 5 kilometers each session.
The land work has definitely paid off as I am feeling I have gained back my fitness after the break. Stay tuned as next time I will be talking about the next block of training.