issue #8, october 30, 2018
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the wake-up swim

thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
This is the pool at the Intercontinental Hotel on Chicago's Magnificent Mile and the picture is shared with us by instagram user @kenitiromuto. Here is another view and one more of this spectacular pool. Do you have a unique, beautiful, or amazing pool picture you would like to share with us?
Please send it to us and maybe we will feature it here.

   tweet of the week:

loosening up
  • The tweet I quoted above really got me thinking about the challenges my team faces and the goals we want to achieve. I had to admit to myself that I could do more to educate and communicate with the parents on my team.  Thus, my goal is to start writing a weekly parent education article. I plan to share these articles with you beginning with next week’s newsletter.
  • The twist on the traditional dual format that Virginia and Auburn put on their meet last weekend was fun and interesting. Our sport needs more of this -- innovation and ideas that bring more excitement and fun.  My own team has hosted a meet these past few years where we did mixed-gender relays instead of single-gender relays. The kids loved it, and it added an element of novelty and some thrilling races.  Coaches -- what other tweaks have you tried that you liked?
  • The “Focus 3” podcast has a brief 20-minute episode that my team found useful: Be Elite in Your 20 Square Feet. We listened to a few key excerpts during dryland and followed it up with a good conversation about taking responsibility for our own excellence. The theme is in the same vein as Bill Belichick’s “Do your job” mantra.
  • I enjoyed reading Rose Bowl Aquatics Head Coach Jeff Julian’s note to his team, mostly for the positive yet demanding tone he creates.  Good stuff, coach!
  • Chris DeSantis offered some interesting observations in his article about getting faster when the genetic free ride ends. If you have ever the frustration of having a swimmer get to age 14-16 and them just stop improving, this may get the gears in your brain started on how to avoid that fate in the future.
video of the week
"paddle head drill" to practice in-line breathing mechanics and stable head position while not breathing
favorite workouts from the blog
this week's bit of coaching inspiration
“'Fail' is not in my dictionary. I don't know what people are talking about who use that word.  All I do know is temporary non-success, even if I've got to wait another 20 years for what I'm after, and I try to put that into people no matter what their object in life"
- Percy Cerutty,
Legendary distance running coach
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   5. Quotes for Before & During a Meet
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