Peaty & Pride All The Roar With Local London Club Team Spellbound By The Song Of Swimming

Foto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse 22 Novembre 2019 Londrasport nuoto 2019 ISL - International Swimming LeagueNella foto: meet and greetPhoto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse November 22, 2019 Londonsport swimming 2019 ISL - International Swimming League In the picture: meet and greet
The Roar Talks Realm: (left to right) Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell, Adam Peaty, James Guy, Sydney Pickrem and Duncan Scott - Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse for the ISL

London Roar talks a local London club through the elite realm. Centre stage was Olympic champion Adam Peaty, who explained how visualization is one of the key techniques he uses as part of his training and race preparation as he gets set for the London leg of the International Swimming League (ISL)

Adam Peaty has highlighted the critical role of visualization was an essential weapon in his armoury. It was a missile of the mind that had guided him him to Olympic and world glory in the 100m breaststroke on his timewarp trajectory of pioneering pace.

The Briton claimed Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and he has also won eight world, 12 European and three Commonwealth titles.

Foto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse 22 Novembre 2019 Londrasport nuoto 2019 ISL - International Swimming LeagueNella foto: meet and greetPhoto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse November 22, 2019 Londonsport swimming 2019 ISL - International Swimming League In the picture: meet and greet

Adam Peaty signs the t-shirt of a fan and local London swimmer – Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse for ISL

The 24-year-old set a world record of 56.88secs at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, becoming the first man to break the 57-second barrier and he remains the only swimmer to have raced the two-length event inside 58 seconds.

Foto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse 22 Novembre 2019 Londrasport nuoto 2019 ISL - International Swimming LeagueNella foto: meet and greetPhoto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse November 22, 2019 Londonsport swimming 2019 ISL - International Swimming League In the picture: meet and greet

James Guy signs for the fans – Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse for ISL

Peaty will compete for London Roar at the ISL this weekend as the team seeks to book its place in the grand final in Las Vegas next month by finishing in the top two at the London Aquatics Centre. He will be back racing in the pool in which he first took the pace of 100m breaststroke below 58sec, with his first global standard back in 2015.

The LA Current and Cali Condors progressed last weekend in the American derby and now it is the turn of London Roar and Energy Standard – who currently occupy the top two places in the European standings – Team Iron and Aqua Centurions to battle it out for a place at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Vegas from December 20-21.

Speaking ahead of the two-day competition, Peaty described how he prepared for his races.

He said: “Visualization: I like to put my headphones on and imagine my race.

“By the time I raced in Rio I had swum the race over a thousand times so anything that could go right and that could go wrong I had imagined.

“I am going to hit the wall in 23 strokes or I’m going to hit on 22 or 24: what am I going to do about that? So when it does come to that race, within a millisecond I have already practised it in my head. It’s a massive training skill to my success.”

He added: “Other than that it’s just a hustle. Training talks and if you train harder than anyone else your racing becomes easy. Not as simple as that but in effect it does.”

Foto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse 22 Novembre 2019 Londrasport nuoto 2019 ISL - International Swimming LeagueNella foto: meet and greetPhoto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse November 22, 2019 Londonsport swimming 2019 ISL - International Swimming League In the picture: meet and greet

Questions from cybered reporters to the Roar – Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse for ISL

Foto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse 22 Novembre 2019 Londrasport nuoto 2019 ISL - International Swimming LeagueNella foto: meet and greetPhoto Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse November 22, 2019 Londonsport swimming 2019 ISL - International Swimming League In the picture: meet and greet

Newham and University of East London Swimming Club – Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse for ISL

Peaty was speaking at a meet-and-greet with 40 members from the Newham and University of East London Swimming Club who train at the Aquatics Centre.

He was joined by world champions Duncan Scott and James Guy, also from Great Britain, Australian Olympic champions Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon and four-time world medallist Sydney Pickrem of Canada.

The group fielded questions from the swimmers aged 11-17 and were asked about a range of topics including their favourite naughty treat (Adam: cookie dough; Duncan: Whispers chocolate; Cate – ice-cream), training and their plans following retirement.

On being asked about whether he had ever wanted to quit when he was growing up, Peaty said: “I think the underlying message on that is you never, ever have a perfect, smooth ride: no athlete ever has a smooth ride.

“The best athletes in the world are some of those who have had the hardest trouble getting to the top. It’s not just athletes: if you want to be the best doctor in the world, the best teacher in the world, you are going to have those days when you don’t want to get out of bed. It is those days that define you: if you get out of bed and go right I am going to kill it today, I’m just going to go and get it.

He concluded: “It’s a hard sport to get involved in but life’s hard as well so it prepares you for it.”

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