The Weekly Wave (4/13)

Mike Kraeuter
Aloha BLUE WAVE ohana!
 
Hope you have had a great week. Thank you everyone for sending us your “Want to ‘taco’ about it” pictures. If you have not done so, you can still send them in. How have your conversations been going? Has anyone ‘taco’ about it :)
 
We look forward to connecting this week with you all once again in the Zoom meetings. The schedule and links are below with the password information this time. We would also like to get the parents in on the action, so we have scheduled a parents one for Thursday evening at 7pm.
 
We would love to hear back from you about the topic of communication we covered last week and see it has helped you in any way!
 
Also, I am posted episode 3 of Mindfulness with Coach Mike! It is called Seeing Clearly and I use my Zen Tube to help demonstrate how meditation can help settle our thoughts and emotions and it may help you in times when you feel overly excited or upset.
 
Mindfulness With Coach Mike – ep3 – Seeing Clearly
Here is a little meditation video based off the episode called Seeing Clearly Through the Zen Tube Meditation.
You can use phrases such as “See if you can settle your glitter” as a gentle prompt for kids to focus on their breathing when they feel overly excited or upset.
 
How I made my Zen Tube:
Here is the meeting schedule for this week.

Excellence vs. Perfection… Your athlete has a greater likelihood of becoming a high achiever and performer if he/she strives for excellence, instead of only focusing on winning or being perfect. Excellence is process oriented, and allows for failure, mistakes, and setbacks. It encourages learning, and finding the positives in the performance, rather than just in the outcome. Focusing only on perfection leads to frustration and stress filled performance. We believe this applies to any performance activity.

PVS JUNIOR/SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS… was a great experience for all that made these championship competitions. We swam great, making it back to finals, usually bettering the times achieved during the prelims.
Our successes thus far this season are defined by what we do each day. We take tremendous pride in representing our TEAM at these championship meets, our family and the values that have created an atmosphere of integrity, belief and excellence. The name BLUE WAVE describes an ohana of athletes who are not afraid to reach for their fullest potential. BLUE WAVE inspires the hopes, dreams and goals of a TEAM that recognizes the importance of caring for their teammates and truly loving one another and respecting the process of becoming a true champion.
 
Way to go BLUE WAVE!
 
We Broke 7 Individual Team Records:
  • Lauren Long broke the following records:
    • Her previous record in the 15-18 & OPEN 100 free with a 54.30
  • Ella Mcomber broke the follow records:
    • The three-year-old 15-18 & OPEN records in the 50 back with a 27.93
    • The three-year-old record in the 15-18 100 back record with a 59.46
    • Her previous record in the 15-18 & OPEN 200 back with a 2:09.31
We Broke 1 Team Relay Records:
  • 15-18 Girls 200 Medley Relay – Ella Mcomber, Lauren Long, Morgan Myers, Caroline Atkins – crushed the four year old record with a 1:52.13
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Caroline Atkins: AA-100 Back, 200 Back
  • Ella Mcomber: AA-50 Free
  • Morgan Myers: AA-200 Fly, 200 IM
  • Jordan Pham: A-100 Fly

MINI CHAMPIONSHIPS...was a fun and exciting meet for the squad of swimmers that were representing the TEAM.  Their hard work has really paid off and transferred into so much great swimming! Their excitement and technique really shined.
There are no ordinary moments, just moments we are aware and moments we are not. There is always something going on.

PARENT’S CORNER: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Quality’ Time…
When you’re too busy aiming for it, you miss the moments in front of you
By Ryan Holiday
 
It’s one of those lines we throw out casually: “I want to spend more ‘quality time’... ” whether it’s with friends, with family, with your kids, or with yourself.
 
While the phrase certainly comes from a good place, there’s a disconnect: The perfectionist side of our brain, fueled by movies and Instagram, wants everything to be special, to be “right.” But that’s an ideal that the busy, ordinary, doing-the-best-we-can versions of ourselves can’t always live up to.
 
The result? An inevitable sense of disappointment. We feel awful for the deficiency, so out of guilt, we plan elaborate vacations. We project enormous expectations and pressure on ourselves. We think “Oh, if only I had more money, or a better job, or lived in France where the child care benefits were different, then I could be happy.”
 
That’s not fair. And it’s also damaging.
 
The reason is that there is no such thing as “quality time.” Jerry Seinfeld, who has three teenage kids, put it well:
“I’m a believer in the ordinary and the mundane. These guys that talk about ‘quality time’ — I always find that a little sad when they say, ‘We have quality time.’ I don’t want quality time. I want the garbage time. That’s what I like. You just see them in their room reading a comic book and you get to kind of watch that for a minute, or [having] a bowl of Cheerios at 11 o’clock at night when they’re not even supposed to be up. The garbage, that’s what I love.” MORE…

"Mediocrity; set the bar low enough and everyone can pretend to be exceptional." –Bruce E. Brown