Andrew McLean catches his breath.
Andrew McLean catches his breath.

An ironman effort at Harbour City Swim Meet

ANDREW McLean only has three events on his list for the Harbour City Swim Meet, and after two of them last night he had broken two of his personal best marks.

Swimming in the 800m and 1500m, which followed each other in quick succession, McLean thought he was no chance of beating his previous best times.

Changing this week from an official Gladstone Gladiator to the Southport Olympic club, McLean has not even trained with his new home in the south, and will have a nice story to tell when he arrives.

"It killed me (going back to back), but the aerobic fitness is good," he said.

"To be honest I didn't think I would break one, but the others set a good pace."

The feat is not only remarkable because of the physical endurance and mental edge needed to will a swimmer on, but because Mclean still completed his usual 4km training session Friday morning.

Even more noteworthy still is the fact the training McLean has not been focussing on distance, more enticed by the sprints in his past few years.

"Usually I just sprint, but it is important to try everything the sport has to offer," he said.

"It is good to have a record in the 800m. I don't train for them but it is good to have it."

Andrew McLean's Harbour City Swim Meet

Friday- 800m Freestyle- 9.41.21 Personal Best and Pool Record

Friday- 1500m Freestyle- 19.19.89 Personal Best

Today- 400m Freestyle- Yet to be swum



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