Long Course – You Know You Want It

Five Reasons to Embrace Long Course Meters Season

I know what you’re thinking, because I’ve thought it before myself.

Oh.  My.  God.  I’ll never get to the end.

But you will.  And you’ll love it.  You just need to do it – just once.

Prior to this year, I had only done one long course meet.  It was my first swim meet EVER, and it was at UCLA.  And I’m not gonna lie – it kicked my ass.  But at the same time, it really empowered me.  It was my first swim meet, after all.  And I did come home with ribbons.

SPP works out in a yards pool so we don’t get to workout in long course.  I can apprecaite the  apprehension.

So here are five reasons to be excited about Long Course….

1.  Two Words:  Flip Turns. 

If you only do 50’s, you have none.  If you only do 100’s, you have one.  See how beautiful that is?

2.  Distance Events are Transcendental. 

I discovered this while competing in the 200 Freestyle at the Santa Barbara meet on June 30th.  It was imperative to just focus on keeping my stroke smooth, getting my elbows high, and keeping my breathing steady.  I could see AND hear Coach Charles during parts of my race.  And I had the best time.  I even ribboned in that event!

why you should love long course

3.  Long Course takes place during the summer months. 

What’s not to love?  Sun, warmth, and a good reason to be in the water.  What’s summer without swimming?

4.  Long Course is one of Swimming’s THREE SEASONS.

What other sport has three seasons?  None.  So we get to mix it up a little bit from season to season.  And your times seem a little faster, too!

5.  If it’s good enough for all those Olympians….seriously. 

World Class Athletes swim long course. What other argument do you need?

SPP will be swimming Long Course on Sunday, July 22nd in La Jolla for the San Diego Imperial Masters Championships.  You can still register up until July 21st by clicking here.

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!!

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