May Newsletter

Jeremiah Stanton

Team Newsletter

Volume 5, Issue 5

 

The best confidence builder is experience.
Team,

The changes and adjustments just keep coming(and coming)!  Thank you for all your flexibility and patience as we had to adjust our sessions with little notice again.  
CDC and New Mexico are no longer requiring vaccinated individuals to wear masks.  We are moving in the right direction and coming out of this pandemic.  We are excited to get back to more normal times.  We are still sorting through USA Swimming regulations and City regulations.  We will update you with things as they progress.  
Congratulations to Ronan McCarthy for ranking 55th in the nation for 11 year old male in the 100 free with a 57.11!  Way to go!
We had some very fast swims in April!  This is just the beginning!  We can't express how impressed we are with all of our swimmers for what they are doing and what they have done in the past year.  
Our Highschool swimmers were amazing in such a short season!  Congratulations for so many PRs, state qualifying times, and finalists.  We also had zones and sectionals qualifying swims!  
Our Club State Meets will be separated out into 15&Over and 14&Under.  The dates for these are on the event page.  More info will be posted as we get more details.  
We have our meet next weekend.  It is going to be a fun one!  If you haven't already please sign up to help at our meet.  This meet will still not allow spectators.  You can view the meet by working it or watching via our live stream.
Good luck to our swimmers that are competing in our meet and/or are traveling to compete in Arizona!
We are looking for some swim instructors for our lesson program.  If any swimmer or adult with swimming experience/background is interested, please let Coach Jeremiah know.

Together we can go far!
 
 
Upcoming Events 
(Please Make Sure You Look at Meet Info or Talk to Your Coach to See if Its The Right Meet For Your Swimmer)

May 20th - Triathlon Training Sessions Begin
  • We will start our triathlon team trainings with running sessions every Thursday from 5-6pm.  We realize this over laps with swimming but that is by design.  Our triathlon team will eventually be swimming 2-4 times per week, running 1 time, and biking 1 time.  
  • Trainings will be held at GoTime Fitness
June 5th - Summer League Competitions Begin
  • Those that are enrolled in this league may not compete in other club meets out side of this league for June and July.  Summer League meets will be designated "summer league meets".  These meets are posted on the event page.
June 12th - 1st Open Water Training
  • We will have our 1st open water training.  More information and itinerary will be posted to the event page

 

 

Learning Centers
GT Sports
GoTime Fitness
  • MAKO is partnered up with this gym to help our swimmers get sport specific dryland training
  • MAKO Families get a discount for gym memberships
  • Click here for more info
  • Follow them @ GoTime Fit for daily health tips and challenges.
Swim Lesson Reservations
Social Media
Swim Apps to keep you connected to the Team
 
  •  Check out these apps that are designed to help you find the info you need right on your phone or tablet! 
Swim Assist
 
Happy Birthday to our May Birthday Swimmers!
 
Megan Bouvet
Franz Marl Guinitaran
Xavier King
Carter Manning
Ava Jaramillo
Teague Brown
Karli Vejil
 
 

Pool Reflections: How to Refocus Mentally and Emotionally After a Hiatus from Swimming


Whether the decision to take a hiatus from swimming is due to injury, illness, personal life struggles, or an unexpected pandemic, returning to the pool can be a difficult mental and emotional space for swimmers to navigate. Oftentimes, returning to a sport after taking a long break can be mentally challenging for athletes as they become frustrated with their performance due to the expectation of picking up right where they left off. The important factor to remember is to avoid self-condemnation and to take each practice one day – and one stroke – at a time. These five tips should help refocus swimmers’ mindset upon returning to the water. 

Avoid Negative Self – Talk 
Thinking or talking negatively about your training during practice can be detrimental to your progress and improvement. Remember that if you think you are performing poorly, you will perform poorly. Avoid concentrating on where you were athletically before the swimming hiatus. Instead, focus on positive thinking, setting short-term goals and establishing a determined mindset for daily growth. 

Be Patient
It is vital to take into consideration the fact that you cannot rush the process of rebuilding your athletic prowess after taking a lull in your training. Do not expect to be able to jump right back in with the times you had when you stopped swimming. Be patient and know that it will take some time to regain your energy and speed. Take heart in knowing that with tenacity, determination and hard work you will eventually achieve peak level performance in the pool.   

Set Daily Goals
Fixate on one goal in practice each day and do your best to carry out the skill exceptionally well. Whether it is working on perfect turns, streamline, underwater dolphin kick or a specific stroke technique, strive to execute that skill to the best of your ability throughout practice. Concentrating on one technique daily will help you establish a positive state of mind, which in turn will result in better swims.

Do Not Overdo It  
Pushing yourself too hard, too fast can result in burnout both physically and mentally. Build your training up slowly to avoid unnecessary injuries or feelings of disappointment and failure. Aspire to make the sendoffs in each set but do not beat yourself up if you cannot accomplish the objective right away. Talk with your coach to determine the best strategy for rebuilding your strength, endurance, flexibility and speed. 

Praise the Small Triumphs
Be sure to praise your triumphs and accomplishments, no matter how small. Center on a favorite stroke and top-notch skill you have mastered and commend yourself when you do well. Every time you complete an aspect of practice you are proud of, give yourself a mental pat on the back or speak a motivational phrase to yourself such as “I did it!” or “Yes!” as a reminder of the successes you attained. 

Keep in mind that achieving greatness, both in and out of the pool, takes time. The most important thing is to use that time to your advantage upon returning to swim training.
 
Want to Swim at the Next Level? Stay Away From This Performance-Disrupting Mental Trap

If you really want to improve your chances of getting recruited to swim at the next level, whether that be in college or at certain camps or meets, then you must become aware of one of the biggest performance-disrupting mental trap that plagues a lot of swimmers.

Over the years, I tend to get the most panicked calls from high school juniors and their parents. There is always a familiar theme to their anxiety. The swimmer had brilliant freshman and sophomore years, dropping time and looking like they were well on the road to getting recruited to swim at the next level. Then, things suddenly shift in the wrong direction.

Often starting during the long-course season before junior year, their times plateau and they begin to struggle in their races. They become victims of overthinking before and during their races and, as a consequence, their stress level went through the roof whenever they compete. When this happens, their self confidence does a disappearing act and this further contributes to more disappointing swims. Poor swims, in turn, create even more urgency to go faster, which only lead to additional frustrating races.

So what was the problem here?

The common mental trap that these swimmers were regularly falling into is related to a lack of concentration both before and during their races. Instead of keeping their concentration in the NOW on what THEY were doing, one stroke at a time, they allow their focus to drift ahead to the FUTURE and their need to put up a fast time to meet a goal or impress a next-level coach. It's these two concentration mistakes (focusing too much on outcome and on what you think others, like college coaches or other competitors, are thinking about you) that can be MAIN causes of emerging swimmers struggling to perform.

Keep in mind that having a goal to want to swim at the next level and perhaps even get yourself a college scholarship is a fine goal to have! That kind of an outcome goal will motivate you to work even harder in practice, which is exactly what is necessary in order to successfully turn your dreams into a reality. However, you must remember that your goals are motivational tools for practice only! The sole purpose they serve is to get you to work hard today and right now in training, even if you don't feel like it! You never, ever want to take your goals with you into a meet, because when you do, you'll create too much stress and tension to stay loose and swim to your potential!

So if you really want to impress others (and even yourself) in your next swim, then you need to discipline yourself to do three key things:

1) Whenever you race, keep your focus of concentration on what YOU are doing and no one else.

2) Stay focused in the NOW on the FEEL of your race and away from the future and your thoughts about the outcome and implications of the swim.

3) Whenever you notice that your focus has drifted away from what you look like to the onlooking coaches, OR if you have jumped ahead to the future and the need to put up certain fast times, then you must quickly and gently return your focus to the proper place: Staying in the NOW and “staying in your own lane.”