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AG Blast #2

Entries for the NOVA BB/B/C meet are in and we will have them on-line by Wednesday.  Please let me know if there are any late additions or deletions before we ship it to NOVA on Sunday.

  Sign-ups for the PSDN 14&Y BB+ meet are due Monday, 10/29.  If you have a BB in two different strokes you should be swimming in this meet.  You can swim any event, as long as you meet this criteria.

  Sign-ups for the ODAC Senior (15&O for PSDN swimmers) are due by Thursday, 10/25.  This sign-up date has changed from what was on the web-site.

  The SEVA Senior Circuit meet is open to 13&O swimmers with a AA time in two different strokes.  If you are a swimmer that fits that description, I’ll be asking if you plan to go.  Please know before I ask.  It helps a lot.  It will only be for one or two sessions, and probably for Saturday only. 

  We will be experimenting with our dryland in the next month.  In all of Mike’s and Mark’s groups (except the 2:30 Varsity) we will have the GIRLS dryland on Mondays and Wednesdays and the BOYS dryland on Tuesday and Thursday.  We are just trying this on for size to see if it changes our dryland dynamics.  If there is a schedule conflict, swimmers can still do the dryland from with the opposite gender (carpool situations or other activities that interfere), but we will be having those genders primarily work together on those days until Thanksgiving.

  Topic of the Week:  Swimming faster later…doing it the right way.

  USA Swimming did a study on National level swimmers, not long ago.  They tabulated the average age of the top 10 best swimmers in history in each event.  Here’s what they came up with:  “the current generation of elite swimmers (especially women) is achieving career peak performances at later ages.” (Sokolovas and Herr 1997, 2005).  We know that Dara Torres and Gary Hall Jr. are primed to make history in attempting to be “old” Olympians.  Both specialize in short distance races.  What people don’t know is that both of them put in some good old fashioned aerobic yardage as youngsters.

  Aerobic yardage is the equivalent of eating spinach.  No one wants to do it.  It’s tough to dress it up and make it fun.  However, it’s necessary to achieve better results later.  Aerobic swimming can be characterized as swimming with a heart rate between 30-60 beats below maximum.  It may not help a swimmer be the best 50 butterflyer in the state at age 12, but it won’t hurt them either.  It will definitely help them be the best 22-year-old 100 butterflyer he or she could ever be. 

  A smart swim club will design their program to plan for swimmers continuing to improve throughout their careers, regardless of immediate results.  It is important to stress excellence at each level, but with the knowledge that each step up the pyramid requires excellence in a different area of achievement.

  Swimmers have to stick to this plan, however.  They have to continue to do more swimming as they get older.  The practices will continue to get longer and more intense as they move up each level.  The practice requirement for each level also continues to increase.  This is to ensure that each swimmer that wants to take that step will continue to improve and achieve above and beyond the previous level.

  Our end goal is for our swimmers to be swimming their best in their peak performing years.  For males that means 21-25 years old, for women that means 17-23 years old…and in some cases for both genders, older means even BETTER! 

Each swimmer in my group filled a space in their goal sheet that was listed as a life-time achievement goal.  Each swimmer knows that this goal will not happen this year, but with hard work and commitment to the aerobic training path, the chances of a dream come true are that much better.