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issue #36, May 14, 2019
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the wake-up swim

thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
This is the Centre Nautique Tony Bertrand, situated right next to the Rhône in Lyon, France.
Photo credit: @eveyumyum
"It may not be your fault, but it can still be your responsibility."
-Unknown
  Much of this week’s swimming news here in the U.S. is about the game of musical chairs that is collegiate coaching.  There are top-notch schools scrambling for a coach, coaches virtually swapping jobs, and schools that seem to not care whether they hire a coach anytime soon (looking at you, UNC).
  It's one of the realities of our field -- coaches tend to have many stops over the course of their careers. I am on my 4th head coaching job at the club level, with two of those jobs also tied to Division I college programs.  If it is up to me, I will be staying at my current team for a long time to come. The criteria that used to be important to me (an elite group of athletes, a clear path to the next job, a role that will help me earn the respect of my coaching colleagues), just are not a priority anymore.  Now, I value the opportunity to do meaningful work at a club with long-term stability in a place where I love to live. I have all of those things here in Lynchburg, plus the chance to watch my own kids grow up in the program. Don't get me wrong -- I still have ambitious goals for our club and I am sometimes impatient to achieve them, but it is no longer about the next step for me. I hope that you all might find the same. - RW
loosening up
swimming videos of the week
 
This week's theme is dryland training.  Here are a few interesting videos for your dryland consideration:

1. Tornado ball.  I made one of these for my team once -- it took us only a week to destroy it because the kids got really into the exercise.  But it was the best oblique ab workout I have ever done.

2. Skater Physio Ball 1-Leg Squats

 
3. Backstroke Balance and Proprioception
favorite stuff from the blog
coaching inspiration

Thanks for taking the time to read issue #36.  If you like what you are reading or have a suggestion on how I can make it better, please e-mail me at swimmingwizard@gmail.com

Happy Coaching!



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