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Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis

July 17th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Alexis)

Ready for a meet up with Hades? This year the Intermediate Whites are travelling down to the Underworld to save our friend, Kigoo. There will be many rigorous tests of our courage, determination, and speed on our journey. In the two weeks, there are 14 practices in total and 2 extra events; the triathlon and grouse grind. If you make it to 14/16 events in total you will be invited to come to Coach Alexis’ house for a pizza party! Brush up on your Greek mythology and get ready to swim hard!

JD Fun Week Update from Coach Alexis

July 17th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Fun Week Update from Coach Alexis)

This year we travel to the Polynesian Islands to help save the world from Te Kä’s evil grasp with Moana! We will have to fight our way through pirates, learn how to sail, and destroy Te Kä before returning the heart of Te Fiti. This year we will be doing ice cream scoops, with the first 2 practices you attend earning you 1 scoop and every additional practice earning you toppings! Please email alexis@kigoos.com with any allergies. JD Fun Week will take place from July 17-21with the JD triathlon and party on the Friday in lieu of practice. Get ready for a fun week and wear your best Hawaiian outfits to blend in with Moana and her friends!

Intermediate and Senior Red Updates from Coach Emmy

July 16th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate and Senior Red Updates from Coach Emmy)

Senior and Intermediate Red swimmers,

The 2017 Amazing Race Canada will follow the senior and intermediate red swimmers as they embark on a two week journey across Canada, competing in challenges, and grueling practices to earn points for their team. The swimmers will compete for a chance to be crowned the winners of the 2017 Amazing Race, and win a pizza party for their team in addition to the ultimate prize for 100% attendance. In order to be eligible for the grand prize, the swimmers must attend 100% of practices as well the grouse grind and triathlon. The Amazing Race is a demanding competition and in order to be successful, swimmers must come prepared to train hard.

I would like all intermediate and senior red swimmers to arrive 15 minutes early for all afternoon practices, as they will be competing in challenges in an attempt to earn points for their team.

Looking forward to a challenging and rewarding next two weeks!

Your 2017 Amazing Race Canada host,

Emmy

Next Two Weeks!

July 14th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Calendar - (Comments Off on Next Two Weeks!)

Here are the details on the next two weeks . . .

Hell Week is the peak of our training intensity. All season, practices have been working up to this week(s) of training where swimmers will be put through a series of grueling practices before we begin the tapering portion of their training in preparation for Regionals. We call it Hell Week because the practices are extremely demanding and will challenge swimmers to go beyond what they think they are capable of.  Swimmers should come to each practice ready to work hard! The harder the swimmers work during Hell Week, the happier they will be with their results at Regionals.

All swimmers are required to attend 100% of their Hell Week practices in order to be awarded their group’s Hell Week Prize. There will be no make-up practices allowed for Hell Week unless otherwise specified. 

Junior Development (Fun Week!)

Theme: Moana

Dates: Monday, July 17-Friday July 21

Grouse Grind: Not mandatory but will count towards scoops prize! JD triathlon will be held Friday, July 21

Prize: Ice cream scoops

 

Junior white:

Theme: Survivor

Dates: Monday, July 17-Friday, July 28

Triathlon and Grouse Grind: Neither is mandatory but attendance will count towards scoops!

Prize: Ice cream scoops

 

Junior red:

Theme: Desert Island

Dates: Monday, July 17-Friday, July 28

Prize: Scoops

Triathlon and Grouse Grind: Both are mandatory. If you cannot make both events, please contact Coach Jacob for the possibility of a makeup practice.

 

Intermediate white:

Theme: Descent to the underworld

Dates: Monday, July 17-Friday, July 28

Expectation: Neither is mandatory but must attend 13/15 events or practices to qualify for the prize.

Prize: Pizza Party at Coach Alexis’s house

 

Intermediate red:

Theme: Amazing race

Dates: Monday, July 17-Friday, July 28

Triathlon and Grouse Grind:  Both are mandatory

Prize: Pizza Party at Coach Alexis’ s house

 

Senior white:

Theme: Canada 150

Dates: Monday, July 17-Friday, July 28

Triathlon and Grouse Grind: Neither is mandatory but swimmers are welcome to attend both!

Prize: Big Splash Waterpark

 

Senior red:

Theme: Amazing race

Dates: Monday, July 17-Friday, July 28th

Triathlon and Grouse Grind: Both are mandatory

Prize: Big Splash Waterpark

Weekend Warm-Up Times

July 14th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Meets - (Comments Off on Weekend Warm-Up Times)

Surrey: 

Saturday:

6:55-7:25Junior and Intermediate red

7:10-7:40 Intermediate white and Senior

Sunday:

7:25-7:55Intermediate white and Senior

7:40-8:10Junior and Intermediate red

Salt Spring: 

Saturday8:55-9:30

Sunday7:50-8:25

Senior White Update from Coach Michael

July 11th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Michael)

Hello Sr. Whites and other Kigoos,

I hope everyone enjoyed the past Canada day long weekend!

This weekend we had our first big heats and finals meet, and as a club, I felt that we all did great job. We had a lot of best times, great finishes, and established new goals for the rest of the season. However, we still have a lot of work left to do.

For the Sr. White, we need to focus on executing race strategy and fallowing through with them. Its very important to fallow through with the strategy given, and how to prepare for it. Weather that is preparing before marshalling or in marshalling. Execution leads to success.

Tips:

  • Breathing in through the nose and out the mouth 5 times through with your eyes closed thinking about your race
  • Watch film on YouTube before your races
  • Relax and have fun before you are asked to go sit in marshalling
  • Do not over think your race. If you need to start visualizing on the second to last bench before marshalling
  • Listen to music and activate

We have a long time before Regionals and Provincials; meaning we still have a long time to polish off a couple of things before those major meets.

Keep Working hard!

JD Orange Update from Coach Hailey

July 10th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Orange Update from Coach Hailey)

Hey JD Orange!

I’m super proud of all your swimming so far this season! Last week we have been working really hard on our breaststroke. This we are going to work on perfecting our dives and turns and also start learning butterfly. We have been doing really good with listening when I am coaching so keep up the good work!
I hope to see you all at the Kigoos JD meet!
Coach Hailey

Intermediate and Senior Red Update from Coach Emmy

July 9th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate and Senior Red Update from Coach Emmy)

Hi Kigoos!

Great job at the Hootenanny this weekend! The coaches saw a lot of fast swimming and I am so proud of all the intermediate and senior red swimmers, as well as the club as a whole. Great work Kigoos!

The intermediate and senior red’s have been slowly building their intensity over the past several weeks and I am impressed with how they have been adapting to the challenge. I have also been pleased to hear more positive comments regarding challenging sets at practice, and I am excited to see this positive thinking transpire at meets as well!  I have asked the intermediates to start practicing their visualization by imagining their upcoming races before falling asleep each night and we are going to start doing some visualization as a group in the upcoming weeks. Although it is often overlooked, positive thinking is necessary for fast swimming. Here is an article outlining some key aspects of positive thinking, which we will be discussing at practice. As hell week approaches, practices will begin to get more challenging and it is essential that the swimmers are mentally tough in order to be able to train at the best of their ability.

My plan for the upcoming week is to split each practice into about 60% technique focus with one main stroke each day, and 40% main set working on intensity/endurance to prepare for hell week. I encourage everyone to attend as many practices as possible as I hope to offer some fine-tuning and run through the main technical areas of each stroke. During hell week, the practices will be fast paced and intense and while technical feedback will still be offered, it will not be the main focus. I hope we can get a lot done this week in anticipation for an intense (but fun) two weeks ahead! For planning purposes here is my tentative schedule for the week:

MON: free technique

TUES AM: free review, breast technique

TUES PM: breast review, fly technique

WED: practices cancelled for JD meet

THURS AM: fly review, back technique

THURS PM: back review, all/whichever needs more attention

FRI PM: best stroke

Looking forward to a great week! More on hell week soon…

Emmy

JD Yellow Update from Coach Erika

July 9th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Yellow Update from Coach Erika)

Hi JD Yellow Swimmers and Parents,

The past 2 weeks we have been working a lot on breast stroke and dives. I know Brest stroke kick can be difficult for a lot of swimmer but we are doing an amazing job in practice! I’ve seen a lot of improvement in our dives throughout these 2 week, diving in hands first and even off the blocks!

During the next few weeks I’m hoping to work more on breast stroke kick, making sure we use flexed feet. As well as more work on dives and flip turns, so we can use them in our races. Hopefully within the next few week we will all be amazing at all these skills!

It was great seeing so many of you at the JD meet on Wednesday, and Hootenany this weekend. Many of us swam best times at both meets! I was extremely happy with everyones races, as many of us tried flip turns, and diving off the blocks for the first time. Some of us even got the chance to swim on relays! All the hard work in practice is really paying off.

Keep up the great work JD yellow!

Coach Erika

JD Blue Update from Coach Lucy

July 7th, 2017 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Blue Update from Coach Lucy)

Hey JD blues!

I’m so impressed with how much everyone has improved since the beginning of the season! Everyone has consistently been getting best times and I’m super excited to see everyone continue to improve throughout the next couple of weeks!

Heading towards the end of the season, we’ve been working on our breastroke and we have started working on butterfly in practice! During the next few meets leading up to regionals, more and more swimmers will be entered in some more challenging events such as 100IM and 100 freestyle. I’m also super impressed with the amount of swimmers that are doing flip turns during their races. This is something that we will continue to work on  more in practice along with our dives!

Awesome work so far JD blue!

Coach Lucy