It has been a busy last two weeks! I was impressed with the performance from the Intermediate Red swimmers at the first finals meet of the year! It was exciting to see so many swimmers qualify for finals in a competitive field.
We have been talking about the power of positive thinking and I have been so happy to hear almost no negative comments around the pool deck. It has been great to see the Intermediate swimmers apply this in practice and at meets, demonstrating that they are understanding the connection between hard work and results and taking their training very seriously. I am excited to see what the Surrey meet has in store!
Last week we focused on backstroke with a special attention to the catch. We practiced pulling with a bent elbow and pushing the water down to the feet. This is much more efficient than keeping the arm straight, which does not generate a lot of propulsion and creates extra drag. In order to pull with an efficient bent elbow, we practiced rotating the body to get into the position for a stronger pull. Enough bend will allow the swimmer to pull correctly with the hand still under the water, creating the power necessary for a strong backstroke. As the season continues we will not have as much time to dedicate to a single aspect of technique, and will shift our attention to a focus on general training. We are anticipating the approach of hell week by building intensity with a focus on anaerobic training.
Finally, congratulations to the most previous swimmers of the week, Tiana M and Zack K!
Tiana brings positivity and fun to the group while staying focused and working hard. She is a leader to her lane mates and demonstrates excellent team work by keeping others on task, often helping other understand the set and pacetimes. Zack is known to be one of the groups best trainers. He always works hard and has impressed me this season with his improved resiliency and willingness to apply feedback immediately. Zack had a great meet at the Hootenanny dropping an impressive 4 seconds off his 100 breast. Way to go Tiana and Zack!
See you at the pool,