Originally Posted by Manton
2,500 every MWF. 10K is insane. Does Michael Phelps swim that much?
Pretty sure he does. Or maybe I'm thinking of 10K calories?
A 10x200 cycle would probably take Phelps 20 to 25 minutes, and I think he is in the pool for 3 to 4 hours a day. Throw in a few cycles for each event, throw in a couple of kicks, a 400 warm up and cool down and the distances go way up. But remember - Phelps is an efficient swimmer, and would be burning less calories per distance. So he would need to swim long distances to get a workout.
The amount of distance I was swimming in practice, even as a distance swimmer, was one of the reasons I broke down my first semester freshman year and quit competition for good. I think we were doing a couple of series of 10 x 200's (or 20 x 100s) in a 50 meter pool in the morning, and as an 6'1" 130~135 lb freshman, I just couldn't keep up. I got out of the pool, and various muscles were just randomly twitching and cramping.
Now, at nearly 200 pounds, I probably wouldn't mind breaking my body down and doing that again. But not for too long.
That being said, I think I read that Phelps is now focusing on sprints, so he might be jacking up the free weights and cutting back the distance.