issue #26, March 5, 2019

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the wake-up swim

thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
Twilight at the Unley Swimming Centre in Adelaide on the southern coast of Australia.
Photo credit: @mikey_nicholson
“Coaching is teaching but it is also a creative process. I think sometimes we undervalue the creative process in coaching. For me that is what makes coaching really fun and fundamental. "
-Vern Gambetta
 Being creative is one of the aspects of coaching I love most.  The ability to design a workout every day, to figure out how to squeeze a bit more speed out of a stroke, and to help swimmers craft their own performance are highly motivating for me.  Some days I make what feels like a masterpiece, and other days it feels like finger painting.
 Coaching doesn't come with a map or instructions -- you have to figure it out for yourself and for your swimmers. I hope that this email and the blog inspire you to be creative.  You can certainly copy workouts verbatim if you want, but a far more powerful use would be for you to let an idea you read here get your creative juices flowing.   There is no one 'way,' just the path that you are on and a thousand roads you can take.
- RW
loosening up
swimming videos of the week
1. This week in Races You Need to See, Louise Hansson of USC goes 49.34 in the 100 fly. The efficiency of her dolphin kicks is particularly impressive.
2. FINA released the videos from their Golden Coaches series on Youtube this week.  Though I won't be going exclusively USRPT anytime soon, I was keen to watch Peter Andrew's lecture (below) and you can see the rest of them here.
favorite stuff from the blog
parent article

I wasn't able to squeeze in writing a parent article this week, but Guy Edson at ASCA wrote a helpful one that many parents could benefit from:
coaching inspiration

"If you spend too much time learning the tricks
of the trade, you may not learn the trade."

-John Wooden
That's all for issue #26.  If you have a workout, a set, or just a creative idea, send it my way at  If you love this weekly e-mail or feel you have benefited from the blog and wish to pay it forward, please consider donating to my "Swim Coaches for Clean Water" initiative below to help save lives.  Not a subscriber? You can sign up here or see our archives here.

Happy Coaching,

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