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Pain, Can You Handle It?

January 23, 2011


WARNING!  The word “pain” in this instance is not talking about pain in terms of an injury or something that is going wrong with your body that is preventing you from being the best that you can be. It is talking about getting through difficult training and hard work to become the best you and […]

It’s Definitely Crunch Time!

January 13, 2011


As the new big meet of Florida age-group swimming quickly approaches, FLAGS as they call it, I am reminded of some of the very basic things to cover in practice.  After all, these are kids still are not at the highest level yet and need to continue to develop their stroke technique and efficiency. We want them […]

Point of Pain

November 21, 2010


I work with age group swimmers, most of who are not accustomed to putting their body into pain.  And, yes, it is difficult to explain to a 12 year-old the reason why they should not only push their body into pain, but also be happy they are doing it. Not only that, training has a […]

Power of the Get-Out Swim

November 19, 2010


Well, well, well!  Darn it!  I knew I shouldn’t have opened my big mouth, but I did.  Our two “first-day” newcomers (Madison Faherty and Grace Giddings) from a lower group were the last two on the block today on sprint day.  So I yell out, “If you both go your best time in the 100 […]

Do You Have the Passion? Cool Nike Video

October 12, 2010


Want To Get Faster? Change It Up a Little

September 5, 2010


When I approached the last practice before the long Labor Day weekend, I wanted to send the athletes off with something fun but also extremely productive, both mentally and physically.  (With a longer training cycle coming up this fall, I like to change things up now to avoid monotony and major boredom!) The more times a team changes […]

“I cannot go to swimming today…”

August 16, 2010


Adjusted for the swimming crowd, via the great Shel Silverstein (my comments are in parentheses) “I cannot go to swimming today,” (Likely story…) Said little Susie Ann McVeigh. “I have the soreness and the pain, (Poor thing!) A gash, a rash and it’s in the rain. My mouth is Chloriny, my throat is dry, (So, quit […]