TUESDAY, JUNE 21
In honor of starting our camps this Sunday, the Pic of the Week is just FUN. We know our past pictures of our camps have given the impression that FUN is all we have at our camps, but try this little drill with our campers a few times, and you'll realize it's tougher than it looks!
Last weekend I had the opportunity of a lifetime, at least for me. I traveled with two of my best friends to Montreal for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix of Canada. Being an F1 fan, this was something I had looked forward to for years.
Fast hands are extremely important in breaststroke, and this week's drill, which puts a slight focus twist on a standard drill, presents a tremendous opportunity to prepare the quickest hands possible.
There's a cool kid in New Hampshire that you should keep an eye on because I think he's going to do great things. Name's Aaron. Age 13. Soft-spoken, but gets things done. Still in junior high, but could probably be recruited early for the right price. What can he do? What's he good at? Anything he puts his mind to.
I took a short break from swim training after Nationals three weeks ago, and have been focusing more on biking and running. For swim practice, I've just been SWIMMING, trying to maintain swim fitness and feel for the water, and I've been playing with some new swim toys. Did this practice in a 20-yard pool.
To get the most out of your breaststroke kick you need to connect your feet to the water as high up as possible in your kick. The higher -- or sooner -- you connect with the water, the more time you'll spend in the propulsive phase of the kick.
This week's Pic of the Week features Kaitlin Sandeno performing a backstroke-to-breaststroke transition turn.
Several of our Masters swimmers are doing a June 19th triathlon with a 600-yard swim. So today we did two sets of 6 X 100, on decreasing rest intervals, to simulate the race. We did vertical kicking right after each set of 100s, to simulate heavier use of the legs (biking) right after the 600 swim.
I am helping a masters swimmer train for the 1500m. I helped her previously for sprinting (2 years back now). Anyway I saw her in the pool and she trains by just swimming the 1500m.
How much is too much? As a coach this is something that you have to make yourself aware of on a daily basis. You want to be on the fringe without going too far.
On Tuesday and Thursday nights, I work as an assistant coach for a USS team based in Lebanon, New Hampshire. I love working with the kids, but what I REALLY LOVE is working with the kids who WANT to be on swim team, but aren't quite ready. We call them The Rookies, and Rookies Rule.
Here's a fun, safe way to begin building great backstroke turns. First of all, having a "system" for doing anything in athletics is very important. The typical hit-and-miss, or trial-and-error method of training or teaching has gone by the wayside with the term "dumb jock."