As a coach/teacher, there are a few things that really get you excited about the work you're doing. One really important thing for me, is when an athlete starts to make suggestions, or has new ideas. Such is the case with this drill.
This week's Pic of the Week features Erik Vendt doing a flip turn. And we are offering a special incentive for you to post your comments.
Masters Nationals are one month away, so I'm transitioning into taper mode this week and next. My goal is to do a little bit more whole-stroke breaststroke (as opposed to emphasizing kick and drills ) and to introduce some speed and pace work with minimal rest.
I was down in New York City this weekend and had a chance to swim at my old home pool -- Asphalt Green. Every Sunday morning they configure this 50-meter indoor pool for long-course swimming, so how can you pass up an opportunity like that? I love to do drills in an LCM pool because you can get a rhythm going and really tune in to whatever drill you're doing.
This week's Pic of the Week features Jeff Rouse performing a backstroke start. We are offering our usual special incentive for you to post your comments.
Recently I have been thinking about the pickle I am in for morning practices. I have limited time and limited opportunities: one hour a day of practice time, five mornings a week. My objective is to pack as much quality training as possible into those five hours of time.
The first main set is really just a long warmup or lead-up to the second main set -- the challenge set. We did this challenge set about two months ago, and I had a record of the sendoffs that everyone used back then. A couple of swimmers tried a faster sendoff today and succeeded, which was really cool. One tried a faster sendoff (after a long layoff), and didn't make the challenge. Others used their previous sendoff, and had a really strong set.
Did this in a 20-yard pool with flat walls, but it's easy to adapt it to 25 yards.
I kinda blew out my legs with the Big Green Beach Ball yesterday, so I gave 'em a rest today and focused on sculling and pulling, then headed under water. Did this practice in a 20-yard pool.
It didn't really hit me until we walked onto the transplant floor of the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday. It wasn't the dozens of doctors and nurses running around in scrubs.