Weekly Newsletter


Kyle Albury and Tyler Adderley were in Plantation, Florida on the weekend racing for the mighty Barracudas. The quality of the meet was quite high and they were in tough but raced well. Kyle’s best race was a 33.3 50 free where he showed some real improvements in his skills and moved up from his entry ranking. Tyler saved his best for last posting a 1:39.9 100 breast in the final event.

Please see the date change for the Orca meet – moved to December 2nd. Please confirm your entries with your coach.

Upcoming meets:

December 2 Orca meet (all swimmers) NOTE the date change. Timing on December 2nd will remain the same.

December 7-11 Gatineau (16 swimmers)

December 15/16 Family Guardian Insurance Meet hosted by the Barracuda Swim Club

We are adjusting this meet to a 2 day – 2 session meet. We will need all families to assist with providing timers during this meet. We run great meets and look forward to another excellent competition for our swimmers.

This is a perfect opportunity for some of our away swimmers to do some long course racing and post times eligible for selection to international meets. Plan your travel to get home in time to participate if you can.

The Friday night session will have a 4 p.m. warm up and 5 p.m. start while Saturday will have a 7:30 warm up and 9:00 a.m. start.

Christmas Schedule:

Darts, Neons and Tigers will swim their regular schedule until (and including) Wednesday, December 20th. These swimmers will be off for two weeks and return to their regular schedule on Wednesday, January 3rd.

Flying and Dragon Fish will have regular practices until Friday, December 22nd. Off December 23, 24, 25, and 26. One a day practices will be offered December 27-31. Off January 1st and 2nd. Back into regular scheduling on January 3rd. Timing and location of workouts in between Christmas and New Year will be confirmed.

News from the deck:

Team Christmas Party – Saturday, December 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Location is to be confirmed. Please add this to your Christmas calendar.

Adult Learn to Swim programming starts this week. Everyone should have received an email with details last week. If you have questions, please contact Coach Jeff.

Some excellent training performances in the past week. It is exciting to see people competing November 21, 2017 Edition 1 Newsletter 3

at high levels in training. We will continue to challenge our best ever performances every day and expect to post lifetime bests at the next meet.

News from our Away Swimmers:

A few swimmers will be back this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. Let’s welcome our swimmers back and learn from their experiences in our training sessions.

Swim Tip:

5 Things You Can Do to be More Mentally Tough

Mental toughness is one of those aspects to fast swimming that we know all elite swimmers possess, but is ultimately hard to measure. We can track a swimmer’s efficiency, their velocity—but quantifying their mental fortitude is a little trickier.

There are a couple things we do know about mental toughness, or resiliency, or perseverance—it’s critical, and it is something we can improve and strengthen, just like a muscle.

Here are five ways that you can be a mentally tougher swimmer and reap the benefits of better training and faster swimming:

1. Embrace the challenges. Given the option, a mentally tough athlete will welcome a challenge. They know and understand that improvement comes in the little chasm between the set they know they can do and the set they haven’t done yet.

While some swimmers will sigh, grumble and complain when the tough stuff is written up on the whiteboard, the swimmer who is mentally tough will welcome it—for they know that these are the moments where improvement springs from.

2. Learn from your mistakes. At some point—or many points, as is the case with most of us—we stumble on our journey to swimming awesomeness. No matter how grand or modest our goal, it is inevitable that there will be points where we mess up.

Perhaps we thought it would be easier, or we were living the lifestyle of a part-time athlete while hoping for full-time results. This is common with some of our Barracuda swimmers and can change with some focused efforts.

While some swimmers will take mistakes as proof that they aren’t worthy, or that it’s too hard, our mentally tough athlete applies the lessons of their mistake and moves forward.

3. Use your setbacks as fuel for the next step. Perhaps the biggest mark of a mentally tough swimmer is in the way they react to disappointment and failure.

As an example, being injured is a common occurrence for athletes, and swimmers are not immune. We all experience them. For the mentally tough athlete they vow to come back stronger and faster than they were before.

Another example: It’s common for swimmers to open a big meet with a bad swim. The nerves and jitters are running high. A mentally tough swimmer will use that bad swim as motivation to correct themselves and bounce back.

Use your setbacks and failures as jet fuel for what is to come.

4. Keep your eyes in your own lane. Competitive swimming is a, well, competitive sport. We race our teammates in practice, we race the competition at meets. How we finish is largely dependent on how others perform, and not just how well we perform.

Using your competitive instincts to help you train and race at your peak is great, and is part of what makes the sport enjoyable. However, there is a point where constant comparison-making and paying attention to what others are doing becomes counter-productive.

Mentally tough swimmers understand that there are limits to what they can influence and control, November 21, 2017 Edition 1 Newsletter 3

and spend a majority of their energy and time mastering themselves.

5. Don’t wait for the mood to train hard to strike you. We have access to good facilities, good coaching, supportive parents and a beautiful environment. At some point it comes down to doing it on the day; every day.

Mentally tough swimmers are willing to make the absolute most of whatever they have in front of them.

They know success isn’t going to come down to who has the best facility. It is going to come down to who put in the work. As such, they don’t make excuses for their training environment, or wait for better and more ideal circumstances to give a full effort.

Prepare to challenge yourself every day. Let’s be mentally tougher when we face any of our challenges and we will see better results quickly.

Nutrition Tip:

Eating throughout the day is important to help keep up your energy and to help your body recover after morning workout. Lunch is an important part of the day especially when you are swimming in the morning and in the afternoon. Your body needs fuel. A little planning means you can have a healthy and nutritious lunch.

This Week’s Recipe: