Short Course Yards Season has begun!

Welcome to Short Course Yards Season!

On February 10th, ten members of SilverPeak Performance descended upon the Rose Bowl and participated in Day One of the Rose Bowl Aquatics SCY Meet!  The results were, shall we say, a big splash!  Here’s what members had to say about their experience:

Lloyd Umail:

I enjoyed this meet a lot. It was efficiently-run by polite and respectful officials and volunteers. I especially liked the atmosphere – I thought it was light, fun, more personal to the swimmers. Basically, just get in the water and have fun! Being an outdoor pool helped with the atmosphere as despite an overcast throughout the meet, outdoor was still better than indoor, to me.

As a swimmer, it felt great to see my teammates cheer me on from the other side of the pool right on the deck – I liked that! In between my events, I enjoyed supporting my teammates, cheering them on as they crashed the walls and wowed us with their underwater prowess, and being close to the action.

As a team, I thought the event was a great bonding opportunity. We carried ourselves and represented SPP well – with pride, respect, finesse and smiles all around. Our sum was greater than its parts. Without a doubt, Together Everyone Achieves More – T.E.A.M.

Oh and yeah, we had fun and our loot of ribbons was super. Rock On!

Yvette Mankerian:

Proud to be part of such an amazing group of people. Mostly, superbly proud of Coach Charles McPeak who inspires and encourages us every day. I feel very fortunate to be part of this team.

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!!

Race Report – Trick or Tri (October 28, 2017)

kadie jaffe trick or tri
It’s always fun to see a new triathlete complete their first race!  SPP was thrilled to be with Kadie Jaffe at the Trick or Tri this year.  Here’s what she had to say about her experience…

Kadie’s First Race – Trick or Tri, October 28th

I think one of the most intimidating parts of completing your first triathlon is all of the coordinating involved. Between gear, transitioning, and the events themselves, there is a lot to think about! Thankfully Charles and Kris made it easy on me. Every step of the way, they were there to remind me what was important and what wasn’t for my first race. With their guidance, I felt prepared and relaxed before Trick or Tri even started!

The Starting Line…

When the race started, I panicked a little during the swim but it was over before I knew it. The rest of the race was great. I must have had a big cheesy smile on my face the whole time! Everyone’s energy is infectious. One of my favorite parts was socializing with other triathletes after the race. I told some about my swim and even the seasoned athletes could totally relate. They were very encouraging and had some great advice for how to relax if it ever happens again.
My goal was just to finish, but I ended up being really pleased with my time.  I’m so happy I just did it! Now I feel confident that going into my next race I’ll know what to expect. Can’t wait until next time and next year’s Trick or Tri!  Thanks SPP for making it possible!
–Kadie Jaffe
Remember that when you race, it’s just yourself you compete with.  The other swimmers, bikers, and runners don’t matter.  Just get out there, do your best, and finish proud.  Charles and Kris try their best to be at everyone’s first races because we know how important this is!  Please always let us know when you are getting ready to compete so we can support you!

A Swimmer’s First Meet

The Spooky Shoot Out at Pierce College – October 22, 2017

Spencer Allen I was actually going to tag Silverpeak in this post, but it wouldn’t let me… Happy to share my thoughts 




Just swam my first short course meters USMS swim meet. Was a bit surreal and a bit intimidating to be out swimming in the same pool as future and former Olympians.

Had a nice start with a 50m freestyle sprint, and got cocky… decided, against my initial instincts when I first signed up, to pencil in for a 200m freestyle.

I finished it.
I can say that much.
I had genuine fear I was going to black out, and finished with a roaring headache. Instincts.

All in all it was a great day. After I recovered, I had a nice 100m free and swam anchor on a 200m medley relay.
My coach is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, and the people involved with the club are genuine and awesome people. I feel lucky to have found this group, and am excited to get to work pushing down my times.

Yvette K. Mankerian The Spooky Shootout was truly a fun and exhilarating experience.

Thank you Coach Charles for constantly believing in us and pushing to not only do great but to have fun.

We have a great team! I loved the support and it certainly made competing much more fun than stressful.




I can’t wait for the next meet. And the article is right on!!

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