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From the USA Swimming website... By Emily Sampl//Contributor Winter training – love it or hate it, it’s a reality in all levels of swimming, from age group to high school, college to professional. Coaches start to ramp up their training with quality, uninterrupted practices that are sure to create a masterpiece of a championship meet down the road. For swimmers on the other hand – winter training can be, well, a grind. So, what are some ways to add some fun and spice to winter training? Here are a few...

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From the USA Swimming website... By Dr. Alan Goldberg//Competitivedge.com Suppose you just finished your mid-season taper meet, and you’re unhappy with how you performed. You were really hoping for a much better meet, but your times just weren't there. It's left you feeling discouraged and has taken the motivational wind out of your sails. You're now looking at the toughest part of the season coming at you, the winter grind, and your confidence and determination after this disappointment is at an all-time low. Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website.... BY ZOE GREGORACE As a self-proclaimed breakfast enthusiast, it is impossible for me to disguise my undying passion for oatmeal. Oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber and will keep you full for an extended amount of time. Now I know what you’re thinking; oatmeal is pretty much the blandest breakfast food out there next to cream of wheat. Well I’m here to prove you wrong! Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY "Whatever," I grumbled under my breath, looking at the last set on the soaked piece of paper stuck to the kick-board at the end of my lane. My workout was mostly done, but I was exhausted and I was over it. The rest of the warm-down could suck it, as far as I was concerned. I’m done. I slid out of the pool, took about thirty seconds to fully stand up, and went to the hot tub and with feet dangling in the...

From the Hands Free MAMA website... By Rachel Macy Stafford Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did. It was not from Henry Thoreau or some renowned child psychologist. It was a comment from kids themselves. And if I’ve learned anything on this “Hands Free” journey, it is that children are the true experts when it comes to “grasping what really matters.” Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY What’s your default reaction when things don’t go your way in the pool? Or rather, once you have had a moment to feel the setback, to vent off some frustration, how do you react? Do you give up? Or do you use that failure as high-grade fuel for something greater? Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY Research over the past few decades has shown over and over and over again that mental training can be effective at improving performance in the pool. Bigly amounts. And yet, not a whole lot of swimmers regularly work on their mindset. They seem to be content training their butts off, buckling under the pressure at swim meets, and then left perpetually wondering what went wrong. Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY While some swimmers seem to be born with a natural bravado and high levels of confidence, for the rest of us, having the confidence to believe in ourselves and our training can be tricky to maintain over the long term. As the season of the competitive swimmer is a long one there are going to be the inevitable setbacks and failures along the way…and the corresponding shattering of confidence that comes along with it. Read more >>

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From the USA Swimming website... By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN Those in the sports world have probably seen the New York Times opinion piece by a 23-year old runner, who at the age of 17 was the fastest girl in America. But then her body broke down as her coaches demanded she be thinner and thinner until she developed an eating disorder. Her athletic career was derailed as she developed amenorrhea (lack of normal menstrual cycles) and broken bones from low bone density. Many other female athletes have come forward...

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY Over the course of our time in the water there are a handful of moments we really remember. The ones that linger in our memory long after we hang up our tech suits. For me, some of the sharpest and most meaningful memories of my age group swimming days were moments when an older teammate took a moment to encourage me, to cheer for me during a hard set, gave me a pointer, or simply told me “Hey, get ‘em next time” after...