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Am I Training Hard??

  

    

  HOW CAN A SWIMMER TELL IF THEY ARE TRAINING HARD !!!
EACH YEAR AS A SWIMMER DEVELOPS A KEY TO SUCCESS IS
TRAINING HARDER AND BETTER THAN THE PREVIOUS SEASONS.
HOW CAN SWIMMERS MEASURE THAT ?  THEY NEED TO KNOW
PRACTICE TIMES - WHAT PACE ARE THEY HOLDING ?  HOW MANY
STROKES PER LAP ARE THEY TAKING ? ARE THEY WORKING DAILY
TO FIX  THINGS COACHES HAVE TALKED / TOLD THEM ABOUT?


PARENTS - QUIZ YOUR SWIMMERS - ASK THEM SOME QUESTIONS.
WHAT IS THEIR MEET 100 FREE BEST TIME ?
HOW MANY STROKES DOES IT TAKE THEM FOR A LAP OF FREE ?
WHAT 2 THINGS ARE THEY WORKING ON DAILY AT PRACTICES ?
WHAT IS THEIR 100 FREE PRACTICE HOLD / PACE TIME ?
WHAT IS NBZ ?
ASK THEM TO SEE THEIR GOAL PAPERS & 2 THINGS THEY ARE KEYING ON TO
MAKE THEIR GOALS HAPPEN !
WHAT IS THEIR RACE PLAN FOR THEIR KEY EVENT ?
WHAT IS THEIR RESTED HEART RATE &  AFTER HARD SET RATE ?
ASK THEM ARE YOU REALLY PUSHING 100 PLUS % DAILY AT PRACTICES & HOW DO THEY KNOW ?

I WOULD LOVE TO SAY ALL OF OUR TEAM IS WORKING AT HIGH LEVELS AND DOING THE THINGS THEY NEED TO DO.
BUT  TRUTHFULLY MAYBE 25% AT BEST OF EACH GROUP (TSUNAMI &
WHITEWATER) REALLY IS TRAINING AT LEVELS THEY NEED TO.

I AM HOPING IF YOU PARENTS WHO AFTER ALL ARE FOOTING THE BILL FOR THEM TO SWIM.  ALSO CHALLENGE THEM TO BE MORE AWARE OF HOW TO TRAIN AND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO ACCOMPLISH GOALS.

BOTH GEORGE AND I HAVE (ALONG WITH OTHER COACHES) BEEN POUNDING TSUNAMI & WHITEWATER KIDS TO BE SMARTER ABOUT THEIR SPORT AND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO GET BETTER.
YOU MAY BE SURPRISED - MANY OF OUR SO CALLED TOP SWIMMERS ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO TRAINING THE WAY THEY NEED TO.  THEY ARE SHOWING UP - SWIMMING REQUIRED LAPS - AND THAT IS WHERE IT STOPS FOR MANY.  IMPROVING PRACTICE TIMES - TRAINING RACES THE WAY THEY WANT TO
SWIM AT A MEET - FIXING WHAT COACHES ASK THEM TO WORK ON -
USING OUR WEIGHT ROOM TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE.

WELL COACH BOB ISN'T THIS YOUR JOB ???
YES - I CAN TEACH THEM - COACH THEM - SET UP TRAINING FOR THEM - GIVE THEM GREAT SETS & YARDAGE - TALK TO THEM ABOUT PAST SWIMMERS AND EXPERIENCES AND ENCOURAGE THEM.

BUT I AS WELL AS YOU CAN NOT DO IT FOR THEM !
I AM ASKING PARENTS TO CHALLENGE YOUR SWIMMERS.
I KNOW PARENTS LOVE TO ASK THEIR KIDS - HOW WAS PRACTICE - WAS IT HARD - WHAT DID YOU LEARN - ETC. ETC.
ASK THEM ABOVE QUESTIONS - THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO ANSWER RAPID FIRE FOR EACH.  IF NOT THEY DON'T KNOW AND THEY NEED TO!

OUR COACHES / TEAM GOAL IS TO HAVE EACH SWIMMER MEASURE THEMSELVES AND GRADE THEMSELVES DAILY.
ARE YOUR PRACTICE TIMES COMING DOWN ?
DID YOU REALLY - HONESTLY GIVE IT
ALL  YOU HAVE TODAY AT PRACTICE ???
DID YOU HONESTLY FOCUS ON WHAT COACHES HAVE TOLD YOU TO FIX ?

THEY WANT TO PLEASE YOU - AND RE-ENFORCEMENT WOULD BE A GOOD BUILDING BLOCK TO GET THEM FOCUSED.