Posts Tagged ‘competing in swimming’

Maintaining Your Free Speed

Last week, we discussed creating free speed off of each wall with your streamline position. This week, we pick up with maximizing your breakout (that moment when you take your first stroke). Here are two elements to your breakout: Depth: How deep you are on the push off is an important concept. Too shallow and…

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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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What’s in my swim bag

I carry two bags to the pool every day. My “swim” bag and my “gear bag”.  In today’s post I will discuss my swim bag necessities and next week will address my gear bag must haves. I hope these peaks into my bags help you be prepared for your trips to the pool. Swim suit: …

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Connect the Dots to Swim Faster

Connection is an important concept for swimming faster, but not often discussed. Simply put connection is all of the motions in a stroke flowing smoothly together to maximize the production and delivery of power to create forward momentum. What does that mean to your stroke? When we develop our stroke mechanics it is common to…

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The key to faster racing: Negative Splitting

For middle- and long-distance swimmers pacing is a key element in successful races. The ideal pacing, which leads to the fastest possible times, is to negative split. A negative split is where the second half is faster than the first half of the swim. To achieve this goal, you must swim this way at workouts.…

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