Guilherme Costa is Hitting 100K Meters/Week Leading Up to Tokyo

Rising Brazilian distance star Guilherme Costa wants to up his training sessions– and stay up– as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics tick closer. He’s reportedly been training 16,000 meters a day, divided up in two 8,000-meter sessions, which can surpass 100,000 meters some weeks.

Quoted in Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte, the 21-year-old says that he’s tried longer rests (a la the traditional taper) that haven’t worked out.

At the [2019] Worlds, I asked [my coach Rogério Karfunkelstein] to try a longer rest and it turned out it didn’t work out,” Costa told Globo Esporte (translated via Google Chrome). Indeed, Costa finished outside of the top 20 in both the 800 free and 1500 free at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, adding big time in both races. 

“I need volume. After I saw that there was no explosion at the Worlds, I had to raise the volume to the Pan [Ams] a lot,” he said. While he didn’t go a best, Costa went 15:09.93 in the mile at the 2019 Pan Am Games to win gold, over ten seconds faster than he had gone earlier in the summer at Worlds.

“We now tried to get [the training volume] high and it worked,” said Costa, referring to staying up in yardage rather than dropping and resting a ton for the 2019 U.S. Open. Worked, it did. Costa broke South American records in the 400 free, 800 free, and 1500 free; the meet of his life

Up next, Costa is focusing on qualifying for Tokyo, and then seeing what is possible on the world’s biggest stage.

“I first want to qualify for my first Olympics. Then, in Tokyo, I want the final. Then, in the final, is to go to fight for the medal. If I can evolve everything I can, I know I can.”

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1 year ago

Ouch. 60 plus miles a week
That would hurt to run that much

Does anyone do more?

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1 year ago

Caeleb Dressel under Troy lol

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1 year ago

Maybe some of open water folks who also do pool swimming? But I’d guess even they would be an anomaly.

Reply to  Blackflag82
1 year ago

From somewhere around the 28:30 – 31:00 mark. Troy weights in too.

Human Ambition
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1 year ago

Axel Reymond does a lot more.

Reply to  Human Ambition
1 year ago

Maybe not a lot more, but considering his training involves a lot of heavy fly volume it probably ups it quite a bit

Ol' Longhorn
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1 year ago

Brian Goodell circa 1976.

Pk doesn’t like his long name
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1 year ago
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1 year ago

If memory serves me correctly, Larsen Jensen was putting up 100K + a week and I think there was cycling thrown in on top of all that

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1 year ago

Vladimir Salnikov, Brian Goodell and their training partners were routinely doing over 20K/day back in the 1970’s. Goodell was just 17yrs old in 1976 when he set the 1500m WR at 15:02

Sir Swimsalot
1 year ago

Praying my coach doesn’t read this article.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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