The end of the current short course season is officially upon us,
as meets quickly approach across the country for all swimmers,
meaning that championship season is here! With Age Group Sections,
Senior Sectionals, Divisionals, NCAA’s, there is a meet for
almost everyone. The next few weeks, I want to focus on how to
prepare for championship season so that every athlete can utilize
these opportunities and swim their absolute best!
I call the few weeks before taper hits, the “taper
blues”. This is because I usually have taper on my mind and I
am ready for rest and easier practices, but I still have some time
until that happens! During these weeks there can be a lack of focus
and even a lack of effort, so I wanted to share some tips on how to
beat these taper blues, and get the best out of training before
your big meet.
I think it is important to keep goals in mind, and during these few
weeks I even make goals of things I’d like to work on before
racing. I spend extra time working on the little things such as
starts, turns, and even my stroke. It is important to stay focused
on what you want to accomplish, for example my goal may be to do
five kicks off every turn that week, so it helps me to push myself!
They don’t have to be big goals, and your coach can also
share some ideas on what to work on so you can perfect your
- Continue eating and drinking well
Hydration and a good eating habit is very important to keep up!
Sometimes I don’t eat as well and this can make me feel
lethargic and my training won’t be as good. So make sure you
are drinking enough for training and also hitting all of the food
groups so you can have enough energy to make it through the last
few weeks of tough training.
Many elite athletes have expressed to me the importance of focusing
on your race and even imagining it! Visualization of a race is the
process of imagining and walking through your whole pre-race
routine and also your race, thinking of every single detail! This
usually gets me excited to race and helps me think of my upcoming
race strategy that I would like to implement.
These tips are all beneficial as you attack those last few weeks of
Teaching Tuesday Contribution by Megan Kingsley