Sarah Sjostrom Talks Training 25s and Competitor Familiarity (Video Interview)

Sarah Sjostrom warms up for day one of the FINA Champions Series in Indianapolis; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom found herself atop the podium once again, this time in the 100 Butterfly and Freestyle on day one of the FINA Champions Series in Indianapolis. The meet is a two-day competition featuring the world’s top swimmers.

In a post-race interview, Sjostrom explained the many benefits of seeing all these world-class athletes. She explained how it is important to practice racing competitors you’ll see at World Championships and the Olympic Games. Sjostrom said she went almost two years without racing Australia’s Cate Campbell —a disadvantage since Campbell will be one of her toughest competitors this summer.

She also gave some details on her current training including that her jet lag may have effected her performances on day one:

“A normal day is usually two hours swimming—five to six K (5,000 to 6,000 thousand meters)— and then one and a half hours in the gym, and then another two hour swim in the afternoon. It’s about six hours a day. I prefer to do 25s pace very similar to what Michael Andrew is doing. I can’t do that every session but I like doing it sometimes. It’s a lot of fun, especially when I do fly sets. Freestyle is so much harder for me to do in training so I prefer to do pace fly.”

View the full interview with Sjostrom below: