issue #10, november 13, 2018
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the wake-up swim

thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
Instagram user @gillianleone shared this picture of a beautiful pool near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Do you have a unique, beautiful, or amazing pool picture you would like to share with us?
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Every day focus on your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don't get burned out because of what we do, we get burned out because we forget why we do it."
-Jon Gordon
loosening up
video of the week
Jessica Hardy shows how to achieve race pace tempo in practice in this GoSwim video
favorite workouts from the blog
tweet of the week
Jeff Janssen (@janssenleader)
  "The only thing of real importance that LEADERS do is create and manage CULTURE.
If you do not manage your culture, it manages you." 
-Edgar Schein 
#CultureWins  11/12/18 6:16am
this week's bit of coaching inspiration

"Coaches today face different challenges than I did when I started coaching in 1969. In my 49 year coaching career, the world has changed dramatically but now it is changing at a faster rate than ever before. Data is growing faster with 2.5 Exabytes being produced each day! That is the equivalent of 250 Libraries of Congress of new information being created each day. Add the bombardment of social media and instant communication and there seems to be less time to reflect.
We can’t ignore these societal changes. Some may make our lives better. But we also cannot do what we have always done. Coaches must adapt -- not by compromising standards and lowering expectations -- but by being more professional and reaffirming values that can be learned through sport.
As a coach, you are a change agent. Therefore, we must lead change, not follow or react to change. We must learn how to learn better to get better at getting better. We must get better every day. That is the supreme challenge we face today as coaches.
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a great deal on training equipment
The folks at SwimSmart are running a super discount for the rest of the month of November.  Just click on the logo and use the code SMARTCYBER2 to get Buy-One-Get-One 30% off on everything in their store. Personally, I like the Squeezeline Streamline Sensor and their Power Harness, both of which I previously reviewed.   Just make sure you use the code SMARTCYBER2 to get the nice discount!
We have reached double digits! That's all for issue #10 - have an excellent Tuesday! If you are seeing the wake-up swim for the first time and want to subscribe, click here.  Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please send them to
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