"When you allow yourself to begin to dream big dreams, creatively abandon the activities that are taking up too much of your time, and focus your inward energies on alleviating your main constraints, you start to feel an incredible sense of power and confidence."
~By Nico Messer
As coaching starts to become my primary responsibility at the pool, I realize there are five important things to keep in mind doing this job. However, these five points can apply no matter where you are in your coaching career. Although I wrote this post with the goal of sharing some of my experiences and help swim coaches, I realize that this information can also help athletes as well.
After all, at the end of their careers, many swimmers end up coaching themselves to a large extent. So no matter if you're just starting out in your coaching career or have been on deck...
Read on at the Race Club
"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
~Vincent van Gogh
Seven tips to improve your swim stroke in time for your next triathlon.
~By Sara McLarty
When you're really hungry and you don't have a lot of money, you go for the value meal. Whether it's a sandwich, a side salad and a drink or whatever, the value meal usually gives you the most calories for the least amount of money.
An oddly similar phenomenon happens during swim training as well: You are hungry for improvement in your swimming yet have a limited budget of time and knowledge to spend on it. It's a sad reality, but most triathletes just don't have the time or money to invest in a good swim coach to watch and correct their strokes. Sometimes the closest thing to a coach available is a spouse, training partner or lane-mate who may share a piece of advice during practice. Athletes training solo can glance over at the faster swimmers and try to mimic their smooth strokes or, as a last resort, one can utilize swim tips from a world-class swimmer in a triathlon magazine
Read on at Triathlete Magazine
"Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty."
"People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine."
~By Michelle Kaufman;p>
The plan was a world-record 103-mile swim in roughly 60 hours. Mother Nature got in the way. But Nyad, a successful marathon swimmer, wants to keep going. She calls it her "personal Olympics," says nothing but a hurricane could stop her. She finally concedes and aborts her dream. Her heart sinks as her friends lift her into the boat and applaud. Thirty-two years later, Nyad, who recently turned 61, will attempt to conquer the swim that defeated her.
Read on at the Miami Herald