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.
When was the last time you pondered? It's not a word thrown around much these days, but every morning when I drive to the pool at 5:30, the local radio station has a segment called "Walden's Pondering."
We have posted 689 pictures online from our two summer camps at Bucknell University. If you'd like to know where they are, you MUST have gone to camp to find out.
About half the team are doing a local triathlon this weekend, and many were tired from long bikes and runs, so we did something a little easy today. We did a couple of long swims with fins, incorporating all the strokes (to use different muscles) and lots of dolphin kick on the back (air and abs). Then we did a short, more difficult, set at the end.
Many swimmers on our team are getting ready for the Vermont State Triathlon Champs this weekend...or the Fairlee triathlon...so I wanted to make this an all-freestyle practice today. I also wanted them to go from swimming right into heavy use of the legs, so we threw in the med-ball segment.