This is a continuation of my series on how the elite swim various races. In previous posts, I've analyzed all of the 200 races. There is no question that the 400 is a distance-oriented race, and so we can expect distance-oriented strategies. The purpose of this analysis is to determine which strategies are used by… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: Women’s Elite 400 Freestyle Strategies
I'll start off right away by saying that I'm not a nutritionist, dietician or an expert in food in any sense other than I've been eating my whole life. Clearly that is NOT enough to make my nutrition opinions count. That's why we have a team sports nutritionist. And to tell the truth, our team… Continue reading Swimming’s Incredibly Backward Approach to Sports Nutrition
The start of a season is a good time to review some of the basics. And the first one is the role of a swimming parent. I should warn you here that I'll be repeating some points I made in a similar post almost exactly one year ago. Before I start, I should point out… Continue reading 6 Rules For Becoming a Better Swimming Parent
How many hours of training should we put our youngest swimmers through? How intense should training be? When should we ask them to give up other sports and specialize in swimming? These are questions that have been around for a long, long time. And while the swimming world claims to divided on this topic, in… Continue reading How Hard Should We Push our Young Swimmers?
After a long delay, this is the next instalment in a series that looks at how the elite swim the 200 by looking at their race splits. This time we're analyzing the 200 Individual Medley for women.It's taken me a long time to figure out how to analyze the 200 IM. When I analyze a… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Women Swim the 200 IM
I'll start off with the teaser. Existing one-size-fits-all course conversion rates are not remotely accurate, especially for backstroke, and there exists a sizable difference in accurate conversion rates between men and women. Finally, any swim governing body that uses a single, artificially low conversion rate is doing a great disservice to its members. Now, on… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: The Unfairness of Short Course – Long Course Conversion Rates, especially for Backstrokers!