Monday Meetings in F

Monday Meeting              2-9-09

Today I used an article out an American Swimming Magazine from 2005, written by Wayne Goldsmith titled “Winning Starts with Today”. The article gives 10 tips on how to prepare to win tomorrow by winning today.

1.       Arrive earlier than everyone else. Stretch and prepare for practice.

2.       Make sure you have a drink.

3.       Be the first swimmer to get in the pool and start training.

4.       Finish every repeat with a legal, race quality touch. Make a conscious effort to race from the flags to the wall on every repeat to practice your ability to win close race finishes.

5.       Swim your warm up with more attention to detail, than at any other time.

6.       Challenge someone faster than you to a race everyday in workout.

7.       Ask yourself four questions: Could I do this with fewer strokes? Could I do this with fewer breaths? Could I do this with better technique? Could I do this with better starts, turns, and finishes?

8.       If you want to be the best swimmer on your club, your state, USA, or the world, you must first be the best swimmer in your LANE.

9.       Aim to do it faster, with better skills and excellent technique ESPECIALLY when you are tired. Race day success will require you to swim fast when you are tired, under pressure and hurting. MAKE TRAINING MORE DEMANDING THAN RACE DAY.

10.   Believe that anything is possible. You can do personal best times in practice. The words “I can’t” usually mean “I am not prepared to try in case I fail”.

There are no guarantees to success. You can however increase the likelihood of success by making training more demanding than you ever thought possible, attempting to do the impossible everyday and aiming to win every workout.

Everyone wants to WIN THE RACE. How many want to WIN EVERY WORKOUT just as badly?

Monday Meeting             2-16-09

Again I used an article out of the same magazine this one was written by Jeff Pearson head coach of the Sierra Marlins Swim Team. The article talks about Intensity and how it can be defined and used every day in practice.

The article describes the words Intensity as” the ability to do each component of one’s sport to the best of one’s ability almost all the time. Whether it be shooting a jump shot 200 times after practice or working on race speed turns during every set, intensity refers to focusing all of one’s energy on the moment without losing focus.”

How do we become more intense or focused everyday? Start by clearing your mind when you walk onto the pool deck each day. You can’t do homework or fixed a strain relationship, with you face in the water, so forget those things for the time being. From the time you hit the water try and focus all your energy to the task at hand. It might be warming up with perfect technique, fast kicks under water, or perfect turns throughout practice, all of this requires focus and intensity. The key is to keep your mind from wandering.

Intensity in racing is a little different. If you have done what you are supposed to do in practice, you don’t need to get caught up in thinking about specific techniques or worrying about who you are racing. Intensity in racing is focusing all your energy on what is important. There is a common mistake between intensity and tension. Look at the world’s greatest athletes when they are performing well; do they look like they are straining? They will most likely look relaxed and focused.

 With every level of athletic ability, the majority of the athletes with in those levels have the same level of talent. There are athletes out there with the same talent level as Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, or Michal Jordan, the difference between them and the rest of the world is the intensity they bring to practice, training, and competition.  To separate ourselves from the rest of our competitors we need to bring a higher level of intensity in everything we do.