A New Tritons Swim Year Starts!
Welcome to a new swim year with the Mighty Tritons!
For swimmers and coaches both, the start of a new year is an exciting time. We’ve all had a nice break and a chance to recharge our batteries. The mistakes and successes of the past year are behind us. We can approach swimming with new energy, and a new determination. And we can HAVE FUN!
The start of a new year is fantastic for a few other reasons as well.
This is a great time to set new goals for yourself. Goals are what help us to push ourselves harder, and to achieve things we didn’t think were possible. This is true for swimming and your life in general. So take this time to set some challenging swim goals. Then while you’re at it, set some school goals as well. And maybe some personal goals.
If you haven’t set goals before, it’s not hard. Choose something that you really want to achieve. It could be something as simple as swimming your first 25 metres of butterfly, or something tougher like swimming in your first meet, or winning your heat in a swim meet. As you get better you can challenge yourself to qualify for bigger meets – central region championships, provincial championships or national age group championships. Then once you set that goal, try your hardest to achieve it.
For me, there’s another reason to look forward to the start of a new year. A big one. And it is……
You’ve forgotten your strokes.
Believe it or not, that’s exciting! You see, all swimmers have stroke flaws. Some flaws are minor and just need some fine tuning. We can manage that. But some flaws are not so minor, and are almost impossible to correct near the end of the competitive season. So a long break from swimming is a chance for your body to forget the muscle memory that comes from repeating a flaw thousands of times in practices and meets. A new year is a chance to create new muscle memory that will help you reach your goals. Keep that in mind when you get back in the water.
One other thing…
New Schedule This Year
Unfortunately we’ve had to restrict the number of Entry 1s and Entry 2s we can take on Fridays during the 6:15 – 7:45 pm practice. The first 16 of each group that sign up for Friday get in. The rest will have to select one of our other 3 evenings (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
And yes, in order to help with the crowded Friday evening session, we’ve now added Thursday evenings at Drury from 7:30 – 8:30 pm for the Entry 1 and Entry 2 only. I know this is a late start for many, but its the only time we could get from the town. Hopefully this will help.
Let’s go out there and HAVE FUN!
Published by Rick Madge
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