March 18, 2018
With spring starting officially on Tuesday, the Thunderbolts are heading into the busy racing season. Here is some information for you to look over but p lease remember if you have any questions do not hesitate to visit the Thunderbolts Home Page. The Calendar, Bolts Events and Upcoming Events have lots of information for you to peruse while you are waiting for your swimmer.
There are 2 Bingo training sessions coming up at Superior Shores Gaming, located at 435 Memorial Avenue. Both sessions will run from 4-5 pm.
April 15 – New Volunteer Training
April 22 – Volunteer Refresher Training
Please be sure you are aware of the new changes taking place.
The Zombie Apocalypse Swimathon is coming up on March 24, 2018 with the first swimmers entering the water at 5:45 am. By now all athletes should have a registered profile by going to the website http://ontarioswimathon.ca/tbt
The Bolts are doing a great job of fundraising but we still have a ways to go. This is always a great morning for our athletes with a DJ, Games and a healthy breakfast following a hard workout. Let’s keep fundraising…..proceeds of this fundraising event help all Thunderbolt swimmers.
The following is a list of upcoming swim meets. Please check with your swimmer’s coach to determine which meets your swimmer should be attending. Meet information can also be found on the Bolts Calendar page and the Bolts Events page of the website. Hotel information and meet packages are also listed on the Bolts home page under the event. Please sign up for meets so the coaches know which athletes are to be entered. The following meets/time trials are scheduled:
April 7-8 NWN LC Spring Invitational – held at LU Pool – all athletes
April 13-15 Kenora Open Swim Meet –Kenora Pool –Prospects, Intro White/Blue, Lightning, Sparks
April 19-22 MAC April Invitational – Markham – qualified athletes are listed on the sign up page
May 5-6 FFast 0-100 – Fort Frances - Intro White/Blue, Lightning, Sparks
May 25-27 First General Grand Prix – Bolts home meet – all athletes
June 15-17 Ontario Summer Festival – Markham – qualified athletes
June 22 Blue vs White – The Final Battle – all athletes
June 28-July 1 Ontario Summer Provincial Championships – Details TBA
For more information and/or to register, please visit the ‘Bolts Events’ section of the website.
As we all saw at the January Meet, it takes a lot of “hands on deck” to have a meet run successfully. That said, please think about signing up for one of the clinics coming up.
March 26 – Stroke and Turn
March 28 – Recorder/Starter
Both clinics will
start at 5. Location will be sent out prior to those
Calling all Photographers!!!
We all take pictures at the swim meets and maybe even practices, these pics are stored on computers, phones, memory sticks or in a drawer. One of our Bulletin Boards set up is for "Bolts Family"…..and we want your pictures!! If you have great pics of our athletes having fun at one of the many events we attend please have them developed and bring them in for our bulletin board. Let's show all the CGC members how cool it is to B Awesome.
How to prepare for a Swim Meet by Swim Swam
With championship season just around the corner swimmers from coast to coast are priming up for their big meets of the year. After months of investing all of those early mornings and seemingly impossible main sets, the opportunity to reap the benefits of all of your hard work is upon you.
Here are 7 tips for making sure that you maximize all of your invested efforts going into meet time–
1. Pack like a boss. An extra suit, goggles and cap are obvious ones. Then there is all the non-essential, yet essential stuff. For some it is music – make sure your iPod is charged before you head to the pool. Having had a few meets under your belt this year you should already have a good idea of what ya need, and what ya don’t, as well as what you will need for your pre-race routine.
2. Manage that extra energy. In the couple weeks leading up to the meet, training volume will go down, and with it, you will experience a level of superhuman energy that you forgot you were capable of. Managing that sudden influx of energy will be challenging, but be mindful of burning it off in ways that don’t interfere with your taper.
3. Keep your diet surprise-free. Although we like to think that we love variety in our diet, most of us have a surprisingly consistent set of meals. Will these be available to you at the meet? The last thing you want is your stomach doing a back-flip while you are standing behind the blocks moments before your big race. There are times to try new things with your diet; in the days and hours leading up to your competition is not one of them.
4. Have your pre-race routine planned out. Your pre-race routine acts as a trigger, a cue telling your body that it’s time to rock and roll. Have a plan for your warm-up, how long you are going to stretch, what you’re going to listen to, and so on. Having a pre-race routine helps to keep things familiar and comfortable for you, even if you are at a pool halfway across the globe. Don’t know how to build one? Think back to the last time that you swam completely out of your mind, and emulate those same circumstances.
5. Have goals for the meet. Duh, right? But you would be amazed how many swimmers don’t bother to plan this out. No expectations, no chance of being disappointed, am I right? Wrong. Revisit your dream goals and see where the upcoming meet fits in the long term plan. Go into the meet with a clear outline of what you hope to accomplish, whether it is time, stroke rate, splits, and so on.
6. Perfect practice. Repetition and volume are important, but fairly useless unless you are executing with proper form. With lowered yardage heading into the big meet there will be a greater emphasis on developing speed and power; sharpening the blade, so to speak. If you have been focused on maintaining excellent technique in practice until now, this isn’t the moment to let that slip.
7. Envision yourself swimming successfully (especially in the face of adversity). Phelps was a monster at this; he visualized his races up-and-down, imagining all sorts of scenarios, so that inevitably when something did go wrong (his goggles filled up in the 200m butterfly at the Beijing Games), he was able to remain calm and collected.