Lisa Cowling

lisacowling-profileFull name: Lisa Cowling

City and country of birth: Cape Town, South Africa

How many hours do you train per day currently and give us a very brief outline of when and where you train and what it entails?
I train between two to three hours on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat mornings and then again every afternoon apart from weekends. I train with the Vineyard Swimming Club at the Point Virgin Active under the direction of my trainer, Csanad Feldhausz, swimming between 6-9km per session.

Do you have a routine before a competitive event? If so, briefly, what does this entail?

I always arrive at least a hour and a half before my event so that I can ensure I do a proper warm up and this also gives me time to  discuss with my coach, Csanad Feldhausz, what my goals for that specific meet would be.  This gives me time to get not only my body, but also my mind into the game.

What pumps you up?

Good music and being in my own “bubble” to concentrate on my races.

What music do you listen to generally and if any, before a race?

Something with a good beat, nothing slow.

Do you follow a nutritional programme? If so what are the basics? Do you eat in the last three of four hours before a race and if so, what?

I don’t follow a program but I do live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I don’t eat large meals but prefer to eat smaller and more frequent meals.  I snack on high energy foods such as raisins, grapes, dates and maybe the occasional jelly baby.

Do you eat junk food, e.g. burgers, pies, French fries, chocolate?

Sometimes, maybe once a week.

What’s your favourite Speedo product?

I use the Speed Socket goggles which are great for training and racing.

What do you do when you’re not training?

I am currently doing my private pilot’s license at the Cape Town Flying Club at Cape Town International Airport and I am also part of Fish Hoek lifesaving club.

Where is your most favourite place in the world?

My hometown Cape Town

What advice do you have for ordinary swimmers in general and aspiring champions in particular?

Don’t give up on your dreams and be prepared to work hard to achieve them. Learn from every race you swim, even if you don’t do as well as hoped- it is never a failure only a lesson learned.

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