How You Practice is How You Perform

What Does Coach Charles Always Say?

This is the time of year to do the work so next season’s goals can be reached, You can set Personal Records and achieve person success.  We have all been there:  coming to practice tired, dragging, and not quite all there. I propose something a little different…

You’re there.  Why not make the most of it?

We all know technique is the most important thing in swimming. To achieve proper technique, muscle memory is key. I’ve heard all kinds of things at practices from all kinds of people for years.

“I’m just warming up.”
“It takes me awhile to get going in the water.”

And so on and so forth. Remember the way you practice is the way you race.

The first second you get in the water and take your first stroke, you must concentrate on technique has to be concentrated and perform at your best ability. Everybody’s busy, our schedules are jam packed.  You’re already at practice and in the water…make every lap count!

Warm-up you don’t have to go 100%  – yet you should concentrate on every part of the stroke that you can.  Bad habits are hard to break – don’t create them during your warmup. After warmup, perform each lap with intention and precision.  Do the drill, the lap, the set and practice with your best effort.  If you do flip turns in in your race do them every lap in training (By the way swimmers and triathletes…there is an avalanche of literature and the data is conclusive…there is not a better instrument than the flip turns for training your body to process oxygen more efficiently)

Remember that Coach Charles plans every workout with the team in mind.  He schedules each set, each drill, each practice after heavy research and development.   We will continue to do research and apply new advances in training so why not take advantage of it today.

I can’t wait to see next year‘s achievements by all of you!  Yeah, you probably have seen, we get emotional but it starts from the very first second you get in the water!!

Spencer Allen