Our Pic of the Week for this week focuses on Amanda's feet. Comment and get a link to a short clip.
This is a good practice to work on drills -- and to COACH drills. I was able to stop the group or a lane after each of the 25s and give critiques or instruction, but then they got to do some SWIMMING, with a revisit of the drill during the swimming.
"The more I see him (Lance Armstrong), the more I tell myself that he's the only one. He's on another planet." -- Salvodelli, Discovery Team
Who among us has never had a bad race? Who among us has never failed to do what we set out to? Who among us has faltered while the entire world was watching in amazement that you didn't WIN? OK... two out of three for most of us.
We've been doing a lot of all-freestyle practices lately, so I wanted to mix things up a little today.
A long time ago, someone told me that it's harder to STAY on top than it is to get there. I never understood what he meant until I actually won a big meet. When you're on top, you are the target. When you're on top, you have to invent ways to keep yourself there. Once you're on top, you have to reassess your goals.
Another of one of our best "poster" children doing a drill for breaststroke.
Yesterday I sat down to watch Stage 10 of the Tour de France. As everyone on the planet is no doubt aware, Lance Armstrong is attempting to continue his dominance by winning a seventh straight Tour.
Our picture this week comes from our 2nd week of camp. This swimmer has something interesting about her breaststroke... what do YOU see?
We had only 5 swimmers at practice this morning, so I got in and swam with them. This gives me a chance to swim ahead of them, beside them, behind them, and sometimes underneath them. I can take a look at what THEY'RE doing from under water, and can stop them in mid pool if necessary to give feedback. I always worry that we don't do enough yardage when I get in with them -- because I do more teaching -- but they all said it was great to take some time and learn how to do the simple things better. Today we worked LEAVING THE WALL, FREESTYLE SCULLING, and STAYING LOW.