Michael Andrew Continues to Experiment with Weights, Will Turn Focus to 200 IM

American sprinter Michael Andrew has posted his latest vlog to his YouTube channel, giving us a peek behind the scenes of his 2019 World Championships experience as well as some insight into the year to come.

The first portion of the video gives a look at Team USA’s arrival in Gwangju, South Korea. Andrew takes viewers from the airport on day one to the village, giving room tours, checking out the pool, and seeing the dining hall.

In the last few minutes of the vlog, he talks about how he was a bit disappointed with his times and his results from Worlds, which only included one medal from swimming in the prelims of a relay. He was excited about making the final in all four 50’s, though, and then he shares that he’s going to be turning his focus to the 200 IM going forward.

He noted his 1:57 from earlier this year, which was “off of very little training, just a lot of surfing and a few 100 pace sets here and there.”

This is a shift from Andrew’s focus on 50’s, especially since the upcoming Olympics only have the 50 free.

“The plan was never to be focused on those solely,” said Andrew about the 50s of stroke. He also said that he’ll still be getting back to his USRPT regimen, in addition to ‘pushing the distance quite a bit’ and ‘experimenting a bit with weights and making the body a little stronger.’

Since his family’s December move from Kansas to California, he has told SwimSwam that he’s been ‘experimenting with lifting,’ doing it in ‘unconventional’ ways that don’t break the body down too much.

With Olympic Trials less than 11 months away, we’re seeing Andrew fine-tune his training. The 200 IM is now looking like a primary event for him for 2020, along with (most likely) the 50 free, and then the 100’s of stroke. His endurance-building efforts may pay dividends in his 100’s of stroke, which have traditionally been slightly weaker than his 50’s.

Even post-Ryan Lochte‘s return, Andrew is still the #2 American swimmer this season.

200 IM
Chase Kalisz 1:56.78
Michael Andrew 1:57.49
Abrahm DeVine 1:57.66
Ryan Lochte 1:57.76
Carson Foster 1:58.69
Shaine Casas 1:58.83

 

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Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

Good call. He can be great at the 200 IM.

MTK
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

50fr, 200IM are probably his two best chances at the Olympic team next year. 100bk/br/fl are all worthwhile shots too.

Ecoach
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

Feel like 100 Free is best shot given there are 6 spots available.

Articuno
Reply to  Ecoach
2 years ago

Ehm… not for Mr. Andrew

Rachel Wander
Reply to  Ecoach
2 years ago

There’s about seven people with a 47 and Andrews never broken 49

Blackflag82
Reply to  Ecoach
2 years ago

allow me to introduced you to the monkey on his back- freestyle breathing

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ecoach
2 years ago

at least 8 guys are faster than him on any day over 100 meters in freestyle ….

Michael Mooney
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

All the way! He could go a 1:54 plus..

JustinL
Reply to  Michael Mooney
2 years ago

Plus 2

Towelie
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

He’s the American George Bovell

Ragnar
2 years ago

He read our posts!!! Thank the lord right on Andrews, you’ll excel in the 200 IM, 1:53.99 incoming in Tokyo.

MTK
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

With the speed he already has, he can go 1:55mid just by getting that free split down to 28.5ish. Probably will need some technical adjustments there, but he can do it. Pretty wild event combo, 50fr and 200IM. Who else can even do that? Stravius had 50bk-200IM for a while in his day, but that’s about all I can think of.

SwanHen
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

George Bovell

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  SwanHen
2 years ago

George Bovell didn’t do it at the same time.

The answer is Alice Mills.

Insider
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

He did it in the NCAA level.

Dee
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

A few I can think of: Alice Mills (Tait) won silver medals in the 50fr/200im at Worlds in 2003. Rika Omoto was Japanese number 1 in the 50 free & 200 IM this year (24.9 & 2.08.6). Liam Tancock had a 1.57 200IM when he was the 50bk WR holder. Much lower standard, and slightly different events, but we had a British girl quite a few years back who was the Euro junior 400IM champ, and I think the 50fr was her second best event on points (25.6s). Best event combinations can be a strange beast.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

Alice Mills won medals in both 50 free and 200 IM in the same World Championships (2003).

No other swimmer has done it.

Packoastie
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

Dressel

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

His freestyle is terrible when he has to breathe. No-breath, elite level speed. He has to learn a different way to swim free when he has to breathe as much as he has to on a 200 IM. It’s not conditioning, it’s technique.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Actually probably a bit of both IMHO, he hasn’t really trained *much* for > 50’s or 100’s in the big pool – yet

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

CAELEB DRESSEL! or so I’ve heard.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Ya!

Heyitsme
2 years ago

About time

Biggy
2 years ago

his teammates are annoyed at him and his vlogging lol. what a nuisance haha. oh well maybe MR USRPT should focus less on vlogging during in meets. maybe he can actually win something next time.

Wow
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

I’m curious who complained to the coaches lol

Biggy
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

people in his vlog say it’s dressel. and i feel bad for dressel, getting all the unnecessary hate. If people on the team arent comfortable being video taped in an important meet such as the world championships, then MR USRPT should respect that. He went overboard in his hopes of becoming famous

DRUKSTOP
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

Didn’t Cody Miller Vlog during the finals of a medley relay? That’s a bit absurd… but Vlogging is part of Cody’s and Andrew’s income and part of being a professional. It’s only going to become more and more popular.

Articuno
Reply to  DRUKSTOP
2 years ago

Aren’t they showing a lack of professionalism by not respecting their teammates’ wishes at the premiere event of the year?

Siphiwe Baleka
Reply to  Articuno
2 years ago

Who said he wasn’t respecting their wishes? Didn’t he say in the vlog that he limited his vlogging as a result? He didn’t make an issue of it. He didn’t insist. That sounds like respecting his teammates’ wishes to me.

Facts
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

Imagine if 2012 Phelps swam at the meets MA vlogged

Wow
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

Where in the vlog did it say Dressel complained? Or who said Dressel complained? Just curious about this lol

Jona
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

caeleb is being bombarded in the comments section. just read it

Pvdh
Reply to  Jona
2 years ago

That’s mostly because most his fans are kids and Andrew and Dressel compete in a couple of the same events. It’s the easiest connection. He also says implies he doesn’t know who it was and in a couple of comments he says he shoots down the idea of Caeleb being the one.

Pvdh
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

But also…he really should know better than pushing cameras in peoples faces like he does and also ratting that some people complained. Make the vlogs about yourself, the city, and the overall competition. I’m sure he won’t pick up any team points for saying that.

Articuno
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

Biggy is actually on the National team, you didn’t know…? /s

DBSwims
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

In my honest opinion, I don’t think it is Dressel. In MA’s previous vlog, Dressel seemed to be fine in the vlog. I also think that if MA (I dont know for sure though) knew who complained about the vlog, MA would have the respect to cut that person out of the vlog. MA seems like a pretty good kid and I don’t think he would try to cause any harm to anyone.

Facts
Reply to  DBSwims
2 years ago

It was Sun Yang

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Facts
2 years ago

Nah. We’d have known if it were Sun Yang. There would have been smashed camera.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

LOL

Ragnar
Reply to  DBSwims
2 years ago

They oughta do like the NFL and have no phones period during the meet post warmup everyday, it’s telling that the main two vloggers underperformed. They weren’t focused on their job, which is to swim fast for their country

Siphiwe Baleka
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

That’s stupid. I thought there were swimming fans here. I for one love MA’s vlogs and Cody’s VLOGs. If we want to grow the sport, we need more of this, not less. How does a swim fan complain about this?????

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  DBSwims
2 years ago

Dressel doesn’s want to be caught on film drinking from a 1-gallon pre-workout jug.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

yes

Ryan
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

Not dressel. If you watch MAs Pan pac vlog, Caeleb was stoked to be on the vlog

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

hmmm

The Original Tim
2 years ago

I haven’t really read much into USRPT, but how can you do USRPT and “push the distance quite a bit?” Longer practices?

run-dmc
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

Instead of doing 20 x 50, do 20 x 200. I guess you would need a lot of rest between each 200 to keep your speed up. It must be a lot harder to prep for a 200 with USRPT. It would work better to mix in a variety of 20 x 100 sets and 20 x 150 sets, depending on the day of the week. I hope he has access to a LCM pool at home.

Jred
Reply to  run-dmc
2 years ago

This is not true.

You would adjust the number of repetitions primarily and the length of repetition somewhat, but he will have been doing primarily 25s, not 50s too this point.

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Jred
2 years ago

Or you go from 20×50 on 3 min to 32 x 50 on 1 minute trying to hold a 200 Pace while throwing in an all out kick set afterwards to just destroy the legs. That’s what my coaches would have done at least and I loved doing sets like that as opposed to multiple 200s or 300s. But maybe it’s important to find a way of increasing the cardio in a way that Andrew would enjoy as much as anything.

coacherik
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
2 years ago

Except his 50s are never on 3:00, it’s always been approx :20 Rest.

m d e
Reply to  coacherik
2 years ago

People seem to speak with a lot of authority about USRPT without even trying to understand it.

And this is coming from someone who has been very resistant to take it seriously.

The Original Tim
Reply to  run-dmc
2 years ago

Having just spent a few minutes poking around the USRPT site…

Yeah, what you’re describing isn’t USRPT. 99.999999% sure he’s not gonna crank out 20 x 200 at race pace on 23 seconds rest.

I could see him moving to doing 50s instead of 25s and keeping the reps the same (presuming he’s not already doing so), but I imagine that would be the extent of the changes.

Virtus
Reply to  run-dmc
2 years ago

No way Andrew would ever do 20 200s

A person
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

USRPT practices don’t have to be short.

You can use the principles to train for any event in theory.

I have a group that runs USRPT at my club. Many of them have vastly improved their results in 200s. They do large sets of 50s and 75s on short rest cycles holding 200 pace.

Quite often they do well over 2km of race pace swimming per session and do it 5-7 times per week. It’s a lot.

If I had someone who was a distance swimmer who expressed interest in being in that group they would be doing sets like 30×200 holding 1500 pace with about 20 seconds rest between repetitions. I’m not even sure how possible/manageable it would be,… Read more »

DLSwim
Reply to  A person
2 years ago

I would venture to say that someone that could do 30×200 @2:20 holding 1:56 long course (roughly world record pace for the 1500) would go a lot faster than the current wr in a tapered meet. That would be insane.

A Person
Reply to  DLSwim
2 years ago

That might/probably would be true.

I’d probably have to think a lot about how to approach it, it’s not something I’ve thought about because it just isn’t something I would want to do. As an athlete or as a coach.

Perhaps the repetitions would remain shorter than 200 and the number of repetitions would be drastically increased.

Thinking about it briefly scaling it to the 1500 seems incredibly tough, perhaps you would break the association with race pace and just focus on improving however well you can do the set, but doing it for 200s aren’t at all.

Sets like:

40×25 p200 about 15 seconds rest (rarely)

30×50 p200 about 20 seconds rest

20×75 p200 about 20 seconds rest (rarely)… Read more »

MTK
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

Probably longer sets + less rest, like instead of 10x50s on (for example) 1:10 at 100pace, it would be like 20x50s on 1:00 at 200pace. That kind of training may take his 50free down a notch though, we’ll see.

coacherik
Reply to  MTK
2 years ago

50s at 100 Pace are never done in USRPT

Jred
Reply to  coacherik
2 years ago

Not never. Very, very rarely (if you follow Rushall by the book).

MTK
Reply to  coacherik
2 years ago

Ah, my mistake. The repeats are supposed to be 1/4 the distance of the race, right?

IUkicker
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

You can do 75’s at 200 pace working the IM transitions…trust me…it hurts.

Markster
2 years ago

Cody Miller’s Vlog: “Look how great the life of a swimmer is!”
Michael Andrew’s Vlog: “Look how great MY life as a swimmer is!”

Biggy
Reply to  Markster
2 years ago

im sure both have their teammates annoyed at them lol

Blackflag82
Reply to  Markster
2 years ago

At least MA doesn’t consistently get his relay team dq’ed

Cobalt
Reply to  Markster
2 years ago

Cody Miller: Fly kicks on breaststroke.
Michael Andrew: No fly kicks on breaststroke.

Cobalt
Reply to  Markster
2 years ago

And oh please, Cody’s vlog is also all about him and the products he’s endorsing. They all do it. It’s their job.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Cobalt
2 years ago

dont watch them …..solution found

Facts
2 years ago

Ryan Lochte would be a big fan of the vlogs

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Facts
2 years ago

He was in one of Cody’s and said he thought they were a great thing for fans.

Snarky
2 years ago

Weights? How about some aerobic work so the last 50 is 27 and not 30.

Ol’ Gator
Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

I thought I saw he was getting into biking awhile ago, I feel like that would be a better way since it seems like the last thing he wants to do is aerobic swimming

Jred
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

I know of a world class program in Australia (multiple world/Olympic medalists) that does not dedicated aerobic work in the water. They use stationery bikes and boxing for aerobic work instead.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

It’s technique, not conditioning. He can’t swim free fast when he breathes. It’s why is 100 free sucks, but his 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast are at about National Team level. He needs a technique fix. Sure, he can improve his conditioning, but without the technique fix, all the conditioning in the world isn’t going to make him a 47 100 freestyler, which he should be off of his 21.4 50 free, or come home in a 27.

Science Geek
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Yes technique is always important but for his IM to be best in the world he needs better pacing. Relaxing that first 50 a few tenths will likely make his last 150 two seconds quicker.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Science Geek
2 years ago

He went out over 1.5 sec slower than his best 50 fly. That’s pretty relaxed.

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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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