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Open Water Swimming Preparation of Alan Bircher. Open Water Event = Race to win - Time does not mean much, but all the best open water swimmers are perfect pool swimmers If you are not a good pool swimmer – forget about success in OW swimming. Pool swimmers dominate open water events:

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Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Open Water Swimming

Preparation of Alan Bircher


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

  • Open Water Event = Race to win - Time does not mean much, but all the best open water swimmers are perfect pool swimmers

  • If you are not a good pool swimmer – forget about success in OW swimming. Pool swimmers dominate open water events:

    T.Lurz- 15.00,90; A. Akatiev – 15.09.35; S. Gianniotis 15.09.80; V.Cleri – 15.29.83; S. Ercoli – 15.26.27; Dratsev – 15.29.31; A.Bircher – 15.30.53; K.Hurst – 15.31,95; B.Rykeman – 15.40.85

    K-A Payne 8.34.03; C.Patten 8.36.64; Seliverstova – 8.41.83; P.Okimoto - 8.46.87; B. Kamrau 8.47.77 ; M.Grimaldi – 8.52.41, S.Biller – 8.54.71; X.Popova – 8.55.80


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

  • Open Water Event = Race to win -

Alexei Akatiev

has had success in both the pool and in open water.

His 15:09.35 in the 1500 ranks was in 25th on the all-time list.

At the Atlanta Olympics, he performed in finale in the 1500

and made the B final in the 400. In 1995, and again in 1997,

he won both the SK and 25K open water races at the European

Championships.

In Perth at the World Championships 1998 Alexei Akatiev

(than 23-year-old) won a double in 5 km and 25 km races

Rumours are that Grant Hackett and David Davis are going to compete in 10 km at Beiging Olympic Games


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

  • Pool success does not give a warranty to win

  • People get knowledge about you and may use you for own benefit[A.Bircher, C.Patten, K-A.Payne – not an enigma anymore]

  • Open Water Swimming is a tactical high tempo sport, resembling endurance cycling

  • Teams will work tactics together to win races

  • Physical Contact is inevitable in OW

  • Concentration and positioning is the key to success


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

PARTICULARITIES OF THE RACE


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Pre- Race:

  • In open water there is a pre-race briefing, which will include a role call, each swimmer will be numbered,

  • they may need to collect a chip (watch type of instrument which records the finish position of swimmers)

  • then the officials will complete the rules etc.


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

The START

  • Swimmers line up

  • Positioning is very important

  • Hold the lane rope

  • A horn is used to begin the race

  • A good start is a must - Sometimes the race can be lost at the start even on 10 km race


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

The COURSE

  • The course is laid out with main marker buoys

  • Smaller buoys will be used for orientation

  • There will be a lead boat

  • Course can be done as laps or a start and finish point

  • Conditions will play a major part in an OW races


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

The FINISH

  • Touch pads

  • Chips/Transponders are used

  • 25 m lanes into finish

  • Perfecting a finish is a must


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

CONDITIONS

  • Water surface conditions can range from mirror like to 1-1.5 m waves

  • Water temperature may range from 15 to 32 degrees. May be higher

  • Water current and flow will need to be studied a few days prior to racing

  • Weather conditions can range from cold and wet to sunny

  • All conditions will need to be considered prior to travelling to competitions


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

  • Direction:

  • 1-2 days prior to the competition try and swim a lap of the course. The main reason behind this is the get some sort of orientation

  • During the race you NEED to lift your head to send you in the right direction. If you had a practice on the course you will obviously be able to find marker points, which can help you swim the fastest course

  • During most races there will be a lead boat, which should send you on the shortest route possible (which doesn’t often happen!!)


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Race Tactics: Open water is very tactical. It is not possible to go through all of the tactics involved

The main bits of advise are every swimmer needs to be conscious of what is going on around them and at the front of the main group at all times.

Normally during the final 1-2km the pace will increase dramatically and at this point positioning is critical


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

  • Examples of most expected Race Tactics:

  • Russians usually go straight forward

  • Germans and Italians keep among front 6-7 swimmers and do a very strong finish

  • Egyptian and Dutch keep within pack (they are not fast enough, so they rely on endurance and are trying to use other swimmers – drafted swimming)


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

UNIVERSITY OF BATH OW PROGRAMME:

Established in 2002-2003 season

Alan BIRCHER

Stefani BILLER

Jamie FORREST

Guest Stars from Australia:

Brendan Capell

Trudee Hutchinson

Josh Santacatarina


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

SAMPLES OF TRAINING PLANS, TRAINING SESSIONS AND WEEKLY CYCLES

Alan Bircher: DOB: 21/09/81 Height: 193cm. Weight: 83kg maximum HR= 193 beats/min Coach: Andrei Vorontsov


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Alan Bircher programme Spring – Summer 2006


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Alan Bircher Programme 2006-2007


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Alan Bircher Performance 2004-2005

World Championships:2004 Dubai – 5km 6th / 10km - 2ndplace(first British World medallist open water ever)

2005 Montreal – 10 km – 5thEuropean Championships:2004 Madrid – 5km - 2nd place(first British European medallist open water ever)

Swimming volume:

Sept. 2003-August 2004=2,948.200 km


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Alan Bircher Performance 2006-2007


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Alan Bircher Performance 2007-2008 as planned:


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Alan Bircher: Particularities of Swimming Training

A lot of butterfly – to build power

and be ready to physical contact

A lot of fast kicking – efficiency, economicity

and conditioning (best kick 1.10/2.32/5.13)

Complex training sets, incorporating fly, IM, BK –

to prevent steady state, to increase physiological

response (heart rate, La, etc.)


Open water swimming preparation of alan bircher

Alan Bircher: Particularities of Swimming Training

Macro-cycle:

4-5 weeks – “slow aerobic” (efficiency, capacity)

Adaptation week

2-4 weeks “fast aerobic” (aerobic power)

Adaptation week

2-2.5 weeks – quality/race pace training

Taper = 8-12 days (1.5 weeks)


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Season 2006

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QUESTIONS???

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