Coaching

Breathing Strategy for IMs

As any of my swimmers will tell you, our pre-race strategy talk for IM always includes discussing their energy strategy (where to swim harder), and their breathing strategy. And of the two, I think the breathing strategy is more important. The breathing strategy for single stroke events is pretty straightforward. Get into some kind of… Continue reading Breathing Strategy for IMs

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7 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent – (2019 Version)

This is my (almost) annual post regarding the role of swim parents. The beginning of every swim season is an exciting time for both swimmers and parents. And every year, I try to make sure that parents know how they can best help their swimmers achieve their goals. And the short answer is fairly easy.… Continue reading 7 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent – (2019 Version)

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Analysis of 2019 World Swimming Championships: Less International Parity and Less USA

  In watching the 2019 World Swimming Championships, I was struck by the apparent wide range of countries that were making finals and even medaling. And, of course, I was extremely surprised at the complete absence of US swimmers in either of the 200 FR finals. Some of this was no doubt due to the… Continue reading Analysis of 2019 World Swimming Championships: Less International Parity and Less USA

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Nightmare Championships: Circulating Pool Currents and Outside Lanes

Every once in a while we hear about circulating pool currents, and how that they created unfair racing conditions.  The latest problem that I've heard of is the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre in Windsor, Ontario - host to the 2018 Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships in April, 2018. Because I like stats, I decided… Continue reading Nightmare Championships: Circulating Pool Currents and Outside Lanes