Swimmers and Triathletes:
has been quite a week here in Philadelphia…
GO E-A-G-L-E-S !!
It just goes to show that faith in oneself
and ones team means more than talent. Doug
Pederson’s “Next Man Up”
approach carried the Eagles to victory all
season - a season that did not end until the
last second of Super Bowl LII.
the athletes that go the farthest, believe
in themselves :-)
is a cusp month for O2 SWIMMING every year
~ swimmers heading into CHAMP season, and
triathletes crawling out of the cave and returning
to the water. Due to this huge division, I
always split my Feb Newsletter so that each
is what you have all worked for since last
fall - the traditional final championships
of the swim season. Here are a few pointers
to help you get through AND to the next level:
Be INVOLVED in your taper - don’t just
“let it happen” or think everyone
tapers exactly the same.
Recovery rest and nutrition are key - this
is no time to alter the best habits that got
you this far !
NEVER do anything different on race day that
you haven’t proven in your past !!
ALL warm ups matter - use them to the fullest
and don’t leave your fastest swim in
the warm up pool…you got this :-)
Get your HR up a little before you step up
on the blocks. Too many swimmers stand behind
the block with their google strap hanging
out of their mouth and their hands folded
while their pulse is barely breathing. How
do you expect your HR to go from 0 to 100
in the first 2 seconds of the race? Stretch
a little, bounce a little, BE ALIVE !
As you get up on the block, focus on the black
line - nothing else. You know what you have
to do and how to do it. Focus on the black
line and GO !
luck to each of you. Reach out for me if yo
have any last minutes questions.
Update your tech suit using the SwimOutlet
team pricing link on our website.
Inspire us all with a post on Facebook or
text/email me…. I love that part - it’s
why I still do what I do.
Good to see you again, kids ! It has been
a long winter and plenty cold enough - luckily,
of the 3 sports we do, SWIMMING is the sweetest
thing to do on a 12F morning ! Here are my
observations to help get you into the rhythm
Get wet. Do it now. You are already behind….
ALL levels of workouts have the same structure:
- warm up
- drill/swim sets
- main set
- cool down
Competition IS inspiration…join a club
or get a friend. I am so thankful to have
a nice little group where I have been swimming
the last 4-5 years : LA Fitness, Warrington.
Catch up will ALWAYS be the most foundational
drill in all of swimming…. Do it EVERYDAY.
Increase your yardage - whatever it is today,
go up 10% ASAP. It is already the second month
of the year and races start in 2 more months
Work on both the mental and physical aspects
of connecting the HIPS into your full body
stroke. Think of you body as split in 2 identical
halves: right and left, NOT FRONT AND BACK.
And last, as we begin another Olympic season,
here is a VERY inspirational video to jump
start your heart and your training:
4 X100 free relay - Best Swimming in history