andy’s english channel swim: august 2007

August 4, 2006

Week 2006 07 30

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 11:10 am


What was about to become a Superovercompensation week (see Jon Ackland page 25) turned into a minor crisis on the weekend. Picking up one of our Wiemaraners (dog!) at the vet on Saturday, I re-injured my lower back, and was hardly able to move, let alone train for the rest of the weekend.

Superovercompensation (see book by John Ackland listed under Resources page 25 )

"Superovercompensation, apart from being the longest word in the book, is the same as overcompensation, only more so. It involves subjecting the athlete to greater training loads than usual. This results in "over-adaptation" to the training load. Superovercompensation puts the athlete into a mildly overtrained ststae for a short time (a few days). As long as this period is only brief, adverse effects can be avoided.This technique seems to be most effective in sports where muscular stress is low, as in cycling and swimming.  

"Inexperienced athletes should not attempt superovercompensation as it is a physiologically and psychologically sever form of training. Nor should it be used more than once during a build-up; one bout before tapering is most effective, one to three weeks before an event.

"If done correctly it will produce a maximum peak above that of a traditional build-up."


  1. hi andy, i have been researching superundercompensating and found it to be very effective in avoiding injury. You should try it when you get back! Good luck hey, Mairi

    Comment by mairi brimble — August 14, 2006 @ 11:29 am

  2. Hi Andy
    Elise suggested that I take a look at your site. I am impressed and wish you well.
    Love Claire

    Comment by Claire Ferreira — August 14, 2006 @ 9:43 pm

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