Club News January 28th 2019

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”




KAJ Snowfest results and new time standards are now available on the website under the events tab.


Upcoming Meets:

KISU Draft Meet: February 9th 

KISU is hosting our one-day DRAFT meet again.  

This is a meet where swimmers are 'drafted' on to different coaches/teams and will inter-mix with the rest of the swimmers in the region.  It is a one day meet and should be a lot of fun.  Be sure to sign up.

There is a clinic for all swimmers 7 - 9am.  The meet warm-up is at 10am. Projected finish is 4pm.

Job sign up is on the website.


KAJ Jamboree Teddy Bear Splash: February 9th Registration Deadline Jan 25th

This is the only February Jamboree.

Location - H2O, 4075 Gordon Dr, Kelowna.

Warm up 1-1:40pm.  Meet starts at 1:50pm.

Events - limit of five individual swims.  Swimmers limited to 100 OR 200IM, but not both.  


February Mini Meet- Saturday February 16th, 7:30-9am, Registration Deadline: February 14th

-Racing! Ribbons! Muffins! KISU Mini Squad and Junior swimmers are invited to come out and swim at our first Mini Meet of the season! This is a great introduction to what it will be like at swim meets. Everyone will swim either 25m or 50m of each stroke and will earn a nice handful of ribbons.  At the end swimmers will get a delicious muffin, juice box and fruit.  Hope to see you all there!!  Let’s help them get excited!!

Cost: $5


Swim BC Age Group Championships: February 22-24th, Registration Deadline Feb 4th

Feb. 22-24 at Vancouver Aquatic Centre, 1050 Beach Ave, Vancouver.

This is very similar to the Tier I meet last year.  Swimmers need to have the Age Group time standard in 200 IM and one other event.

All KISU swimmers with Swim BC Age Group times should be attending.  It is one of KISU's goals to increase the number of our swimmers attending this meet this year. 


Regional Championships, Salmon Arm: March 1st-3rd, Registration Deadline Feb 13th

This is a Regional Championships for swimmers who do not have their Swim BC times yet.  If you are one of these swimmers, we highly recommend this meet as it is your Spring Championship Meet.

Book accommodation SOON.  There is also a Cross Country Ski loppet in Salmon Arm that weekend, so hotels will be booking FAST.

Based on last year's meet information- 

Warm up times - Four sessions - Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning.

Entries - max of 9 individual events, plus relays.

Entry fee - $7.50/event, plus $4.50 splash fee.  The club will cover relays.


Swim BC Provincial Championships: March 7-10th, Registration Deadline: February 11th

Kamloops, Canada Games Aquatic Centre

This meet is very similar to the Tier Ii format of last year.  There is an additional day (they are starting on Thursday and it is LONG COURSE).  

All KISU swimmers with Provincial times should be attending.  KISU's goal is to place Top 5, but we need everyone there to do it.

Small room block at the Best Western Plus on Columbia. $132 per night. Must book before Feb 21st.  Call hotel to book. 250-374-7878.


Wenatchee Apple Capital: May 31st– June 2nd Registration Deadline Feb 28th

This is KISU highlight meet of the summer.  The meet is open to all Sub4 swimmers and we really encourage all swimmers to attend.  It is great experience - 10 lane outdoor pool, international competition.  It is also a great team bonding experience for KISU.  Don't miss out. 

There is an early deadline as this meet does fill up and we want to be first to get our entries in.

Also . . . book your hotel rooms early as this can be a big weekend for Wenatchee with other events happening at the same time, so you want to get your hotel booked as soon as possible.  More information on the KISU Hotel Block Booking is below.  Unless you are camping!

KISUhas a room block at the Coast Wenatchee Centre Hotel, 201 N Wenatchee Ave. Please call the hotel directly to book 1-509-662-1234 and quote KISU Swim Club. Single/Double $139, Triple $149, Quad $159, Suite $285.  All prices in USD. Room block held until May 1st.


Parent Article:

What to Do When Hard Sets and Swim Practices Intimidate You

By Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Got a perfectly reasonable email from a swimmer recently:

What to Do When Hard Sets and Practices Intimidate You

Oh, buddy—I doubt there is a swimmer out there who hasn’t experienced the shock and aww heck no that happens when coach writes up some preposterous main set up on the board.

The agony, the ouchies, the out-of-breath’ing… All of it. Three rounds through. Butterfly.

There are a few different reasons why that big grease-ball of a set intimidates you, including pure, unadulterated laziness.

But I’m gonna assume that you aren’t lazy, and that you are simply not putting that pain into proper perspective.

Two things.

Can you take the set or practice one lap at a time? 

When that smelly pile of a main set makes you feel wee and intimidated, it’s typically because you are thinking about the sum total of the effort and pain required to complete the whole set or practice.

Instead of looking at the set as a series of individual laps and reps, you are mentally tallying up the pain and effort of every rep stacked one on top of each other.

Like a massive pain sandwich.

It’s no surprise that when you think about sets and workouts this way you’re gonna experience some heavy-duty reluctance and a deep feeling of being overwhelmed.

The trick to this is simple, but not always easy. It’s using something called “to the wall” thinking. (TM pending!)

The key is taking it one step, one rep, one lap at a time. This concept isn’t new—you’ve likely been told to focus on one thing at a time before, right?

Think about just this lap, this stroke cycle, this repetition.

“To the wall” thinking requires you to take a much narrower point of view with your swimming and dial things down to the present lap or rep. Not the last one or even the next one.

This one and this one only. 

Here’s an example to illustrate what I’m talking about.

If I was to write up a set that was just one lap with awesome technique as fast as you can, what’s your reaction? No sweat, totally doable.

Right? How about two laps? Three? Okay, starting to stretch it a little…

How about a hundred? Erm, ouchies.

Notice how you went from yeah, I got this to I already can’t feel my legs?

This is the mindset you gotta take with you during those tough sets.

The funny thing about exclusively focusing on this rep or lap is that you will feel less anxious when tough sets come up.

And even better…

You will also swim faster.

Your brain is constantly evaluating and judging how much effort to spend.

When you think about having to do a 10,000m for time and your brain runs the math at how much effort that will require it’s no wonder that your mindset takes the 14a exit for Screwthisville.

The brain, as smart as it can be, doesn’t instinctively understand the difference between managing the pain of one rep versus trying to slam it down all at once like a milkshake.

And as a result, will subconsciously slow you down. Not by much, but just enough. Just some light brake-tapping.

Thinking to the wall will benefit you far beyond just dealing with those difficult sets in practice—you will also get the seriously sweet side-benefit of being more mentally prepared for the stress and anxiety of competition.

And that’s always nice.

Now, for the second thing…

Sometimes it isn’t the physical pain you are actually fearful of.

That big set, that big scary workout—it’s not always the pain that it includes that has got ya feeling a little apprehensive. It’s the idea that you are going to work your tail off and not be successful.

Here’s an example.

Let’s say that coach has ya doing ten 50s from a dive, the goal being best average. That’s a tough set—going all out from the blocks over and over again is sure to result in some serious lactate and some heavy panting.

You are more worried about not swimming as fast as you hope and think you should be swimming, which in some brain-fart kind of way is scarier than the pain you will experience along the way. (Which, by the way, passes within moments of the set being completed…)

What if I push myself to the point that there is an 8/10 chance I am going to hurl into the pool gutter, and I still don’t swim as fast as I think should have?

The physical pain of a hard set is quite fleeting—exertion pain passes within moments as you lay out-stretched on the cold pool deck. A minute, maybe two and your breathing is relatively normal again, and your heart rate quickly descends.

But that fear of failing?

Well, that stings for far longer.

Giving your all on a set and not swimming as fast as you think you should have—I would argue—is more fearful and agonizing than the exertion pain from working hard.

We worry about wasting all that effort for a disappointing result. We worry that if we don’t perform as well as we think we should, that somehow our big, end goal is also now at risk.

Of course, if you step back and logically think this through, the flaws quickly become apparent.

If you do pursue your swimming to the point of failure you will never experience the outer limits of your talent and ability. Failure in practice shouldn’t be feared.

It’s precisely the place where you should be chasing it, in fact.

To sum up:

When that main set looks epic and gnarly, focus on performing the first lap or rep to the best of your ability. Once that is done, focus on the next lap. And so on. Avoid the urge to jump ahead mentally.

Failing in practice is okay. Training is where you are battling with your limits, constantly poking and prodding what you think is capable. Those tough sets are simply opportunitiesto redefine what you think is possible.



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Administrator: Amy Wall,, 250-490-7452

Head Mini Squad Coach: Hilary Harling, , 250-488-6292