Hello Junior Bs!
First off, I would like to say a huge congratulations to those of you who were at the swim meet this weekend! We had great swims and took lots of time off, and we even made finals in multiple events!! This is awesome – great work.
As you may have heard, this week is the lovely week we like to call “Hell Week”. But before you get ready to run away in the other direction, let me explain. It is going to be a fun week complete with challenges in and out of the pool, such as the Grouse Grind (which is tomorrow!) and the Triathlon, which is happening this Thursday morning at 5am. At practices every day this week there will be a certain challenge to complete, whether it be a relay, a tough swim set, or something else. Some challenges might be repeated over the course of the week to see how much we are able to improve.
As for this morning, we swam 1000 meters (one whole kilometre)! It was a great practice and you guys worked very hard, so let’s stay motivated and keep up our endurance for the week. We will be swimming more metres than normal in lieu of this special week, so I am very happy with the amount we accomplished this morning – our goal was reached! On another note, please remember to wear running shoes all the time to practice for our dryland/stretching, and bring a water bottle because the weather looks HOT for the week.
And of course…. the prize. There is a reward for your hard work and effort, but it must be earned. We will be doing something called scoops. These scoops can be “cashed in” later on for ice cream, sprinkles, sauce, and some yummy candy. So in other words, you get to create your very own ice cream sundae! Scoops can be earned by successfully completing the daily challenges, having very nice technique (such as turns and streamlines), and just by demonstrating a positive and determined attitude when in the pool even when sets get tough. Each swimmer will automatically earn a scoop for attending practice, and those of you who attended this morning already have two scoops.
On our Wednesday evening practice we will be doing something called drag, aka swimming with clothes on, so please bring an old pair of shorts and a t-shirt. I recommend cutting off the sleeves of the shirt so it doesn’t weigh down on your shoulders, but since it will be only one practice it isn’t crucial if you choose not to. A great example of a shirt would be the type of red sports t-shirts that we have from Kigoos, or anything else of that same material. I will bring some extra shirts just in case, but they will be much bigger, so please try to bring your own. If you do not have a pair of shorts to swim in that is alright, but please try your best to remember to bring a t-shirt in order to be able to participate in drag with the rest of the group.
I’m excited for the week ahead, and let’s keep up the great work as we head into the final stretch of swim meets!