Courtesy of Nicolas Vannier (a prolific producer of swimming videos).
Via Youtube: Romain Louedec swims the 3000 m butterfly . 44 min 12 sec. And you?
Sounds like a challenge from Louedec. I think a lot of swimmers would’ve taken up the challenge in my day (the early 1990s), but swimming 3000 meters of butterfly may not give you what you want. Sure, you’ll prove you’re conditioned, that you’re fit, and you’ll certainly show your mental toughness, but you’ll also be swimming fly for 40-60 minutes in first or second gear. While I approve of test swims like 1-5k of straight butterfly — yes, they can be fun for swimming grinders — I’d be more impressed with:
4x 10 x 100 butterfly on the 1:40, every 10th off the blocks for speed, 2 minutes rest between each round of 10.
8x 10 x 50 butterfly on the minute, every 1oth off the blocks for speed, 2 minutes rest between each round of 10.
I’m a big believer in hard work, but only if you can keep your body position high in the water. (On a side note, I didn’t make big breakthroughs in butterfly until I trained under Coach David Marsh. This was when Marsh was young, before he became the head coach at Auburn, and 18 years before he helmed SwimMAC. Marsh got me in shape, got the base in place, but not swimming fly. He only worked my fly at race pace or near race pace.)
Still, you have to give credit to the grinders, like Louedec, in the video above. He holds his stroke for 3,000 meters, and sometimes swimmers simply feel compelled to test themselves.
Can you beat his 3000 meter butterfly time, 44:12?
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