The Hardest Set Seebohm’s Ever Done (And Other Little Known Facts)

If you’ve been anywhere near Instagram over the past 24 hours, you’re aware that the app has added a new feature which enables users to submit answers to questions posted by their followers. Appearing within users’ ‘stories’ on the app, we’ve already seen impromptu Q & A sessions taking place around the swimming community, including American speedster Michael Andrew.

Australian superstar Emily Seebohm is another swimming Instagram user who has taken advantage of the chance to interact with fans, posting a series of revealing answers. While snuggling with one of her dogs, which we learn is a Hungarian Vizsla, Seebom gives insight into what helps the world champion stay at the top of her game. She also talks about her beloved horse, Platinum, who recently underwent surgery, as well as the TV show to which the Aussie is currently addicted.

Below are some candid responses from Seebohm during the ‘chat’:

What is your favorite swimming memory?

  •  Winning gold on the 4x100m medley relay and breaking the World Record at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

How often do you train?

  • 8x swim sessions, 2x strength sessions, 1x pilates, 1x core, 2-3x horse rides

What is your favorite swimming stroke?

  • I like doing breaststroke cause I rarely do it!

How would you deal with an injury that has been going on for a long time?

  • I have been lucky that I haven’t had any serious injuries, but I deal with my Endometriosis pain and sometimes I have good days and some days I struggle.

At what age did you start swimming competitively?

  • I was doing club nights since age 4 because I loved racing.

What time do you wake up to train?

  • 5:25am

When going through tough times, how do you find the motivation to get back up?

  • That’s a heard one! But my love is racing so that’s how I motivate myself to go to training when I don’t feel like it.

What is your own advice that you follow in life?

  • Happiness is the most important thing you have.

What’s the hardest main set you’ve ever done?

  • Doesn’t sound hard, but 12 x 25 max and you get 5 seconds rest from when you got to the wall.

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That’s basically just a 300 all out with really long walls


Not really. A 300 is swum with pacing even if it is all-out. Those 5-second rests allow a higher effort than the straight swim. I’m guessing Seebohm would hate USRPT. MA does this type of set every day.


He gets more rest. Usrpt is about 15-20 rest

NM Coach

She started at 4? Hmmmm, where are all the comments about burnout???


Miss m

Today’s bombshell: Seebohm and Larkin have also officially split.


Is there any hard evidence of this? Their instagram accounts seem to hint at a split, but I can’t find anything elsewhere.
EDIT: Never mind this comment. I was looking at their page descriptions and tags in photos, not Seebohm’s newest post.


Probably for the best if they want to pursue a strong showing in 2020. Be interested to know if it came from Seebohm or Larkin but don’t think we will find out.


I think Seebohm addressed it quickly so it didnt get any unnecessary media attention, so we won’t find out why.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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