As Chris Anderson described in The Long Tail, the internet has made possible a previously unthinkable wealth of content for niche interests – e.g., Masters and open-water swimming.
Here are two great examples from the past week:
First, Rich Abrahams. The consensus “swimmer of the meet” at the recent Masters Nationals in Atlanta, Rich threw down a 49.4 100 Free and 22.1 50 Free. Fast times for anyone, but guess what? He’s 65 years old. In other words, not just fast, but almost-unbelievably fast.
- his focus in practice on lots of race-pace swimming
- his approach to dryland training:
- focus on overall, balanced strength rather than swim-specific strength
- one long workout Sunday morning, one shorter workout Wednesday (providing several days recovery between each)
- the importance of long-term consistency (i.e., over several decades)
- his preference for swimming with 1-3 like-minded training partners, rather than with a team