How Fast Can You Swim 100m? | GTN Ask’s The Pros

How Fast Can You Swim 100m? | GTN Ask’s The Pros


– [Narrator] Over the last year, we’ve sent our very own Fraser Cartmell all over the world to
interview triathletes. Sometimes he gets it right,
sometimes he gets it wrong, but nonetheless he’s managed to bag a few, so here are some of his best bits. – Oh my gosh. (laughing) – I wish somebody had told me that. – Um… (laughing)
– There we go. (chilled music) – What’s your fastest 100 freestyle time? – When I used to be a
swimmer, I swam 56 seconds for 100 freestyle. Now I don’t know if I could break the minute barrier, but
yeah, I have a 56 second PB. – If you weren’t racing
triathlon now, Cameron, what might you be doing? – I’d love to be a Formula One driver. Yeah, definitely. (chuckling) – What’s your fastest 100
meter front crawl swim time? Can you remember? – Not really, but I have a little bit of
a background, as a swimmer, and I think my PB was around 54, 55? – Geez, that’s really fast. (chuckles) – No, it’s not.
– Oh, it is. Best advice you were ever given. What might it be? – Definitely Peter Reid,
we were at the bike wash, after my first Ironman, and
his first victory on Lanzarote. He said, “Be patient with the cycling.” – [Interviewer] Best hacks. Have you–
– Oh. Something totally ridiculous. Okay, so something ridiculous… I have always felt like,
for whatever reason, if I go into a race with clean hair my swim caps going to fall off. So, for a few days leading into
a race I won’t wash my hair. I have no idea whether
there’s any sort of (laughing) basis to it, but I’d be
interested to try it out. I mean we’re talking rough
water, lots of people around, it’s like, it might come off. – [Fraser] What is the fastest
you’ve hit on the bike? – I’ve never hit 100 kilometers an hour. I think it was 98 point something. I was close but I was pretty young, and I’m a little bit heavier
now, a little bit older, so maybe (laughs) I’ll find a faster set and try and crack that 100 K barrier. – [Interviewer] If there
was one bit of advice that you can remember being
given that was standout, what would that be? – (laughs) Don’t
overcomplicate your transition. Obviously these events are really big, and you know, it does look complicated, but actually the simpler you make it, the smoother it will be. – What’s the best bit of advice
somebody’s ever given you? – Eat and drink early. Eat and drink early, you know? When you start suffering
later in the race, that’s not the time to
start shoveling it in. Prepare early for the tough times ahead. You know, it’s great
when it’s going great, but you need to be prepared
for those hard moments. – Best advice I’ve ever
been given, patience. Be patient. I hate that word. (laughs) It’s really annoying, but yeah. I think, especially like, in this sport, just being patient with training,
and racing, and results, and that sort of thing, yep. – [Fraser] The best advice
you’ve ever been given. – I’d say, probably don’t spend too much time thinking about what others are doing
and what they look like. – Fastest speed you think you’ve hit. – Well, I know for sure
I’ve hit 50 miles an hour. But you know, I don’t know if
it gets much faster than that. You got to find some
pretty steep hills for it. – Yeah, and 50 miles an
hour is pretty quick. Right, what’s the best advice
you’ve ever been given? – I think, especially when
it comes to Ironman racing, and especially here, when it’s hot, it’s very much to go at your
own pace, especially early on. A lot of people get very excited. It’s a very big stage here, and
they’ve ruined their racing, they’ve lost two hours of racing. – Wish somebody had told me that. In the pool, what’s your
fastest 100 freestyle that you can remember? – 58.7 or something? In a relay, short pool, obviously, – [Fraser] Obviously. – that was the best that I could ever do.
– That’s a good time. What is the best bit of advice
that somebody’s given you? Can you think of any? – I think the best advice they gave me, which was quite natural for me as well, is like to be very flexible
and creative on race day. So, it means if something goes wrong, try to stay creative, and look for the solution, and yeah, stay positive. – [Fraser] A little
bit of a different one. Would you ever shave your forearms for an aerodynamic advantage? – Probably not, no. No. – Aerodynamics is always on the
front of people’s minds now, so what’s your thoughts
on shaving your forearms? – Yeah, I don’t do it. (laughing) – There we go. Athletes are spending so much
time on aerodynamics now. Do you shave your forearms at all, or spend any time worrying about that? – I did two times, I think,
and it was only for Kona. So I saved it for special races. – (laughs) Okay. Here’s a funky one. What’s your thoughts on arm shaving? – Well, as I stand here with
some nicely cleaned arms, yeah, I never do it sort of
the off season, but yeah, I don’t know if you go any
faster with clean arms, but yeah, why not? It’s not goin’ to make you slower. – [Fraser] What’s the
worst accident, or crash, you’ve ever had? – I’m not going to describe
the details of how it happened ’cause it doesn’t reflect well
on my general intelligence, but I fell off my bike in the Philippines, three days before my first pro race, and broke my collarbone. – [Fraser] I was going to say,
I can see the scar on there. – (laughs) It’s still there. – All right then, what would be the best advice you think
you’ve ever been given? – I would say probably the best advice, you know, especially when
you’re racing in Ironman, treat it like a long training day. You’re with like thousands
of other competitors and you have eight stations, so just treat it as a long training day. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and enjoy the day. – If you weren’t a pro triathlete, what you be in, career-wise? Do you know? – Actually, when I was 15 years old I did a little bit of soccer, and was quite tough decision
to switch to triathlon instead of becoming maybe
a professional soccer, but I enjoyed triathlon
way more than soccer. – [Narrator] Well, there we go. Fraser’s Scottish charm
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12 thoughts on “How Fast Can You Swim 100m? | GTN Ask’s The Pros

  1. Interesting video. I'd probably do about 1.08 for 100m free, but my target is 20min for the 1500.
    As a swimmer, it always seemed to me that the biggest difference between swimming background and non-swimming background triathletes is not swimming speed, but the amount of rest needed between intervals. I found swimmers need much less rest than other triathletes. Does that match others' experience?

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