Fit Charlotte Webby builds up for Pan Pacifics

Last updated 05:00 18/07/2014
Charlotte Webby

HARD AT WORK: Long distance swimmer Charlotte Webby training in the Bell Block pool.

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New Plymouth's Charlotte Webby knows the lane markings at Bell Block's swimming pool better than most.

The 25-year-old long distance swimmer has been clocking up the lengths at the pool as she builds up to next month's Pan Pacific championships at the new $41 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

For the past four months, she's been averaging more than 70km a week and peaking at 100km last week.

"Since February, it's been full-on training, nothing under 70km. It doesn't sound too much, but believe me it gets longer each week," said Webby, who leaves today for Quebec in Canada.

Her weekly training schedule goes like this. Pool sessions every morning from Monday to Saturday. Afternoon pool sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

"Sunday is my day off, that's if I'm not running or at the gym. I'll only swim on a Sunday if I'm racing or at a training camp."

Webby said she would compete in two World Cup 10km open water swims in Canada.

"The fields will be strong. There's a lot of swimmers using the World Cup events as part of their buildup to the Pan Pacifics."

Webby, who qualified for the Pan Pacifics when she finished eighth in the Swan Challenge 10km race in Perth in February, said she was the fittest she had ever been.

Webby and Rotorua's Kane Radford are the two 10km swimmers racing in Australia, with the rest of the Kiwi team made up of swimmers from the Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow.

"I feel great. I'm looking forward to these two races in Canada. Racing is just as important as training," she said.

"When you're racing, it's very physical. People will hit you and try to throw you off your game. You have to learn not to let it worry you. No race will be perfect and I just hope these two races will give me confidence ahead of the Pan Pacifics."

Webby said the Pan Pacifics were her main goal. "There's no 10km swim at the Commonwealth Games, so to get a chance to swim at the Pan Pacifics is awesome."

Webby said the Pan Pacifics on August 25 ranked third behind the Olympics and the world championships.

"It would have been cool if there was a 10km swim at the Commonwealth Games, but there isn't. The Pan Pacifics rate third, just because they have swimmers from the United States, Japan, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia competing. The standard is very high."

After her two swims in Canada, Webby is returning home for 10 days.

"Then it's up to Auckland for a camp on August 13 and we fly to Australia on August 17."

And after the Pan Pacifics, what's next on the list?

"I'll reassess things. I try to take it one step at a time, otherwise you get overwhelmed. Maybe a break, definitely a rest."

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