Every muscle. Every day. Every four years.

October 09, 2017

Growing up, Brendan Hyland dreamed of swimming in the Olympics. As his swimming career took off, so did his chance of reaching the Olympics. “When I was 16 or 17, my swimming really came together, and the Olympics started to seem like a real possibility.”

“But I missed out.”

Brendan fell short of his Olympic dream by the smallest of margins. “Four years out I was on track to reach the Olympics, but in the end I didn’t make it, and I should have.

“This time round I know what it takes.”

Training for the Olympics is a full-time commitment. “We do 9 pool sessions a week of 2 hours each. We swim 7 to 9, then 3 to 5, three days a week, then two days could be a single session.” Brendan swims as much as 10km a day, or 50km a week. That’s the same as 2,600km every year until Tokyo 2020. “But I’m going to get there.”

“I’m gonna have fun, but I’m gonna get there”

After narrowly missing out on the Rio Olympics, Brendan learnt the importance of taking time off from training and enjoying himself. “When I was focusing on the Olympics, I had tunnel vision, and I swam pretty badly. I don’t respond well to being that strict. People say there’s no days off, but balance is important sometimes you have to switch off and forget about it. The more fun you’re having while swimming, the faster you swim.”

Me and the Water.

Brendan Hyland, swimmer.