Competing

Creating a Strategic Training Plan

Today I would like to introduce a widely used training concept in swimming. A three macro-cycle training program is a simple concept at the high level. Traditionally, each of the three cycles are done for equal amounts of time.  During my look at each of the three cycles I will comment on timing of each,…

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What to Bring to a Swim Meet

Going to a swim meet? Here are the most critical items to pack. Suits: Yes, plural. Of course, you want to pack your tech suits if you own them. If not decide which suit(s) are best for your races. Don’t stop there, pack several warm-up suits. I often don’t warm-up in my tech suit, they…

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Breaking FINA’s hold on where athletes can compete

If you have not been paying attention to the world scene in swimming let me catch you up on the controversy that should not exist. Swimming is not yet a support with a robust professional presence. It is hard for any without sponsorship to make a legitimate living.  While Michael Phelps is worth an estimated…

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Raising a Competitive Swimmer

Over the decades I have often been asked about how much swimming does a young ager grouper need?  When do they need to start swimming on a team? When is it too late to start as a swimmer? As I try to provide some guidance to parents on how to help their young athlete evolve…

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Resilience at Swimmeets

The dictionary defines resilience as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.  Resilience is an important concept for a successful multi-day meet. When you are training hard your body’s ability to recover between workouts is a key element to your success.  If you go to a three- or four-day meet, but you never train…

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Want to Swim Faster? Read this!

Most of us want to swim faster. Even those among us who don’t complete much, or at all often, still want to swim faster.  Here are the priorities I use to help swimmers swim faster: First, with no doubt is get efficient stroke mechanics. I often discuss mechanics that help keep you healthy. Health aside,…

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Hypoxic Training

The term hypoxic is the adjective form of hypoxia which is defined as in adequate oxygen in the blood.  Swimmers have traditionally used hypoxic work in their training when they are limiting their breathing to one breath every three, four, five, six or more strokes. I grew up doing this form of training, as did…

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Descending: What it means and why it is important

Descending, or negative splitting refers to getting faster over the course of the race is not just a swimming concept. It is a critical concept in energy consumption for all endurance sports. If you are swimming a race longer than 50 yards you need to manage your energy output.  The concept of descending will help…

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Lactic Acid and the Multi-event/Multi-day meet

Many swimmers work very hard all year, paying the price to improve.  They deal with sore muscles, the tired body, going to bed early and fighting off falling asleep at work or school.  They want to see the payoff at their season’s big meet. Then after a great taper, they head off to the competition…

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