Felix Auböck Details Differences Between 800 & 1500 Free & Which Distance Record is Hardest on Social Kick Podcast

Felix Aubock
Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

Felix Auböck sat down with the Social Kick Podcast to discuss his recent Tokyo Olympic qualifying swims from the Stockholm Open in Sweden as the Austrian put up the second fastest time in the 400 free and third fastest in the 800 free in the world this year. Auböck went in detail about the differences between the 800 and 1500 free as well as why some distance swimmers have odd stroke techniques (9:00).

Auböck swam four years at the University of Michigan and is now training at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom (13:00) and he detailed some specific sets he has done at both places, as well as what a taper looks like. He went over meet warmup (21:00) on race day as well as how important he views warmdown on race day.

Felix Auböck was the NCAA champion in the 1650 freestyle in 2019, two days after metaphorically falling on his face in the 500 freestyle where he didn’t make it to the final after being the top seed leading into the meet. He explained why his mindset was he was still going to win the 1650 on race day despite having a bad meet leading up to that, and how he changed his mental mindset after two bad races (25:00).

He explained how specificities benefit him in training (30:00) and preparing for certain scenarios, as well as potentially being a part of the first 800 free final at the Olympic Games. He went on to explain that the 1500 and the 10K have more similarities than the 1500 and the 800 (38:00) as well as how not many people have approached the 800 free differently than the 1500 now that it is an Olympic event.

Felix Auböck explained which world record between the 400 and 800 free is the hardest (42:00) as the events have stayed stagnant. He talked about what he is looking forward to for this summer’s Olympics (48:00) as well as how he is preparing for the changes that come with being on a different continent.

Auböck talked about his inspirations in swimming growing up in Austria (50:00) and the challenges that come from being from a smaller country swimming-wise, as well as going over his thoughts about the ISL’s approach to distance swimming.

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