Yes lots of logistical battles in a public session! At my local, we have 3 double width lanes, so people will push off in front but a lot of the time there is room in the middle to overtake.
Before I re-joined a swimming club, I would get more frustrated, but now I will switch to drills if the lane is too busy. In particular I like to scull to 2 Live Crew’s “Face Down, Ass up, that’s the way we like to drill”
That’s who I was thinking of so probably not his daughter as he definitely said she’d missed out twice by one place.
Amy did actually do a talk at the uni quite a few years ago which I went to, was fascinating and the mentality for all the training she was doing and competitiveness, it’s not a surprise they retire fairly young if they’ve been smashing themselves since they could barely walk in some cases.
But equally it seemed like she was driven maybe by fear of failure as well, it must be very emotional at that level? She came across almost a bit vulnerable at times, but I know Pendleton was a bit like that and generally improved when she got a psychology coach as she was regularly getting bullied by the likes of Mears?
Re: your edit, it is possible he was from outside the area originally, he doesn’t have a particularly strong accent for Teesside or anywhere, I’ll maybe ask him next time.
Did some faster stuff at the club swim this morning. Some 50s off 2:00 alternating 50 fast with 50 drill. We then ended with a 100 full effort at the very end of the session.
I ended up getting blocked by the person ahead of me, despite a 5s gap, but the reality is I probably equally benefitted from the draft for a period of time before that to offset the fact the final length was slower than I feel I could have gone. Came in on 1:19, which is a jump from where I’ve been recently and is only about 5s off my best, and I think that was in a 20m pool so benefitting significantly from the extra push off
thast a good drill, maybe cut it to 2 now and see if it improves. just make sure as you streamline into the glide phase you get fully streamlined as possible , then catch properly, then the arm recovery throw them forward as you kick to try and drive the body forward into the glide.
back is all about body position, get that bum up, head still and dont forget very good rotation, more than Front Crawl rotation