Practice + Pancakes: Michael Andrew Goes Surfing, Trains Overspeed

SwimSwam wants to give you an inside look at what a normal day-in-the-life looks like for any given swimmer, and how that differs from team to team or city to city. We send our head of production, Coleman Hodges, to be a fly on the wall at practice, then relay what he discovered back to you over pancakes. Or at least breakfast.

Ever since Michael Andrew told SwimSwam that he’s mostly been doing 25’s and surfing as his training this year, I think it’s safe to say most people were curious as to what that actually looked like. Well, we were so curious that we went to down Encinitas to find out. Less than a week out from Andrew leaving for the World Champs training camp in Singapore, we caught him on a normal training day.

I joined the family for breakfast after Michael had already swam in the morning, and then we hit the beach. The break that the Andrews surf at is a 10 minute walk from their condo in Encinitas, and it doesn’t get much more dreamy. While Michael, Michaela, and Peter all hit the boards, I dawned a wetsuit and filmed them catching waves for about an hour. I’ll be honest: after that first hour of getting pounded by waves, I was bushed. Michael was out there for at least another 2-3 hours, so you can see where his endurance is coming from.

For his third workout of the day, Michael and Peter drove down to the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, their usual training spot. After warming up, Michael swam 14 fast efforts:

10x 15 sprint, 35 EZ (5 rounds w fins, 5 without)

4x 25’s off the blocks, times were as follows:

Free #1: 9.29

Free #2: 9.17

Fly: 9.27

Back: 10.34

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Mustangswimdad
2 years ago

What’s for breakfast?

Dudeman
Reply to  Mustangswimdad
2 years ago

5 pigs worth of bacon fat and thinking about a piece of toast

Coach
2 years ago

Stick to the chlorinated water, kook

Hank
Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

You’re the only kook here kook.

21 @ 15
Reply to  Hank
2 years ago

You must shred Belmar

Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

Not sure how this video is 10 minutes long 😉

PhillyMark
2 years ago

Went from swimming in his own pool in Kansas to training during OpenSwim

anonymous
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

Went from bad winters to perfect weather year round.

cynthia curran
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

True

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Using fins! Heretical to Ruschall’s mantra.

Skoorbnagol
2 years ago

Straight arm and Bent arm, 14 burst session, surfing, its genius and insane in one.
For some reason I really hope he goes world record in 50bk, great story, hard not to like him listening to him talk in this video and others.

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

So what’s the deal (advantage) of the one straight arm/one higher elbow recovery when no breathing? That one straight arm is something new in the last year. Bet he decided to go that way hanging with the Energy Standard group.

Dudeman
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

it could just be something that he prefers. Most of the pure speed 50 guys swim straight arm (fratus, proud, manadou, morozov etc…). It certainly looks strange but if it works then might as well stick with it, maybe it helps with his breakout? I honestly can’t think of anything else

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

I personally think he should add another straight arm it would just be that much more powerful

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  Here Comes Lezak
2 years ago

And his stroke is killer now. I just think it would be even more symmetry and get that much more power out of his stroke. Definitely would be a lot to tinker with though and could definitely be some scientific reason that I don’t know about why they decided to have only one straight arm. I’d be really interested to here more of the reasoning behind it

Pvdh
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Doesn’t Nathan Adrian have a similar pattern?

anonymous
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Yes

Superfan
2 years ago

Most impressive thing was no wet suit when surfing in the Pacific. Too bad waves were small

Turtle
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

Yes. Too bad indeed.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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