04/21/05 CCB Masters 100s Challenge Set

By Barbara Hummel to Group (Mixed Levels) | Apr 21, 2005 10:34AM

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.


04/16/04 Breast Kick & Turn Practice

By Barbara Hummel to Group (Mixed Levels) | Apr 16, 2005 11:33AM

Did this in a 20-yard pool with flat walls, but it's easy to adapt it to 25 yards.


04/15/05 Give the Legs a Rest

By Barbara Hummel to Group (Mixed Levels) | Apr 15, 2005 05:42PM

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.


Surrounded by Heroes

By Glenn Mills to Articles | Apr 15, 2005 08:01AM

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.


Pic of the Week - April 15, 2005

By Glenn Mills to Pic of the Week | Apr 15, 2005 08:00AM

This week's Pic of the Week features Amanda Beard swimming breaststroke. And we are offering a special incentive for you to post your comments.


04/14/05 Big Green Beach Ball

By Barbara Hummel to Group (Mixed Levels) | Apr 14, 2005 02:34PM

For some reason, this has been designated "Beach Week" at the community pool where I coach. We all have to dress the part, with board shorts, hats, shades, etc., so I felt right at home this morning when I brought my new toy, the big green bouncy ball, to practice.


04/14/05 CCB Masters Stroke-Count IMs

By Barbara Hummel to Group (Mixed Levels) | Apr 14, 2005 11:59AM

We do a fair number of stroke-count sets with my Masters team, but they are usually Freestyle sets. It can be a bit of a challenge to play with stroke count in the other strokes. You have to learn where and how to make the adjustments necessary to reduce your count. This was kind of a free-form practice in terms of sendoffs, but everybody seemed to have fun trying to get their counts down on back, breast, and free. If you want to substitute 25 fly for the 25 kick, you can do that. It was interesting for the team to find out what kinds of counts everyone was getting. The lowest count anyone got down to was 24 total strokes for a 75 of FL, BK, and BR. Others found it challenging to get under 40 total strokes by the end of the set.


Pic of the Week - April 8, 2005

By Judson to Pic of the Week | Apr 08, 2005 10:05AM

This one is an oldy but a goody. Check out this stud!


How Many Strokes Should I Take?

By Glenn Mills to Articles | Apr 08, 2005 10:00AM

With more and more people talking about swimming technique, length, or distance per stroke, stroke counting is really an easy way for you to check to see how you're doing. It's simple, and very effective in helping you judge your progress. Here are some sets to help you figure out your ideal stroke count per length, and to help you develop a stroke-count "range."


04/06/05 New Toy

By Barbara Hummel to Group (Mixed Levels) | Apr 06, 2005 11:25AM

I've got a new toy: an 18-inch, bright-green, bouncy ball that I picked up at the local WalMart for $2.50. I felt kinda dumb walking into the health center today, with a big green bouncy ball under my arm, but what the heck. Turns out that this inexpensive toy -- kind of like a small physio ball -- gave me one tough kick workout. If your local WalMart has a stack of these things, go get one!


Pic of the Week - April 1, 2005

By Glenn Mills to Pic of the Week | Apr 01, 2005 08:00AM

This week's Pic of the Week features Misty Hyman breathing in butterfly. This ties in to a current discussion. No video with this pic, but your comments are still encouraged.


Teach before Train

By Glenn Mills to Articles | Apr 01, 2005 07:59AM

I was recently asked about my views, or philosophy, on training young swimmers. Because so many parents are visiting the site, I thought we should revisit this question.

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