Your chance to quiz Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington on her path to London 2012
This lunchtime (1-2pm) we're very lucky to be able to welcome Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington onto the forums. She'll be answering your questions about achieving your potential in the pool, her own experience of swimming at the highest level and of course, her journey to next year's London Olympics.
Rebecca is currently riding high as Britain's most famous swimmer. Her success over 400m and 800m at the Beijing Olympics - including smashing Janet Evans's long-standing 800m world record - has made her the most successful female swimmer we've had for decades.
We're opening the discussion now Rebecca so can get answering your questions straight away at 1pm (rather than having to deal with a rush of questions at once).
[Edited - Sean Kelly's not actually here again, that bit of text got dragged through from last week...]
Afternoon Rebecca and Sean,
how far out do you plan training/racing? At the 'long' end of the plan are the targets aspirational or you just looking to trim that extra 0.xxx% (or are the two goals the same)?
Good luck in Shanghai later this year.
Hi Rebecca, congratulations on all your amazing success and good luck for 2012.My question> How do you stay motivated and get through all the swimming you have to do, im guessing in the region of 70K a week?I like many find swimming a bit of a chore, pounding out the lengths is a bit.. dare I say dull, some days. I guess like many of us, you have days when you just have to turn off and get on with it. Have you any tips for how you get through all your swim sessions? do you have a focus/plan for each session, is that the key?All the very best for next year, tickets permitting ill be cheering at pool side, otherwise ill be screaming at the tele
I join the others in wishing you luck in all your competitions.
My question, what physical and mental attributes separate the very top elite swimmers from the rest of the pack?
What is that elusive 'magic' extra?
Hey Rebecca. Tis an honour to message a true Olympian!
Question: Whats the best method to get the whiff of chlorine off my skin? Any products that work well for you? It drives me nuts!
ps.Good luck with your 2012 training!
How's the training going?
Hoping to come along to support you in London 2012. Will find out very soon.
If I wanted to improve my FC would you recommend either a swim video analysis session or to get some private lessons at the local pool?
Hope everything is going well.
Do you have any experience of open water swimming? We have hundreds of swimmers taking part in the Great Swim Series for Macmillan Cancer Support this summer and there are a lot of first time nerves! Do you have any advice or last minute preparations that you find useful before a big swim?
Congratulations on all your success and i hope much more to come.
Whats the best product to use to get the natty chlorine out of your hair after swimming?!
Rebecca Adlington wrote (see)
Hi adidas A lot of people ask me about my hair. Luckily i dont bleach or die my hair alot so doesnt get ruined. I just make sure i use a good shampoo and i use them treatments/mask things you put on your hair once a week just to give it abit extra condition! Thank you Becky
Quick question then...
I saw on your Twitter feed a photo of the ratheryummy chicken sandwich your mum made you some time back. How many calories do you need to consume per day? Do you try to stick to 'proper' food or do you use protein shakes/supplements
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