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issue 5 / october 9, 2018
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the wake-up swim
thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
swimmingwizard.com
This colorful and inviting pool can be found in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was shared with us by instagram user @alexaa_ndra. It just needs some lanes lines and backstroke flags and we would be in business. 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.

“The highest form of learning is teaching and applying. It’s easy to fall into the never-ending information consumption trap. But reading and researching BY THEMSELVES, does not make one a skilled craftsman.​"
-Brett Bartholomew

(I hope you will find some resources here to take and USE to become a better craftsman!)
loosening up
inspiring video that every coach and swimmer should watch

Admiral William McRaven’s speech to the 2014 graduating class at UT Austin is one I try to watch again each year.
favorite workouts & stuff from the blog
recommended social media follows
Here are a few of my favorite twitter accounts to digest:
a great idea: The Confidence Journal
This is a ridiculously simple but intriguing tool that I stumbled across this week listening to Mario Fraoli's podcast with American marathon running great Kara Goucher.  Goucher revealed that she keeps a written training log where she records her workouts each day, and a separate log that she calls her Confidence Journal.  In the Confidence Journal, she writes down at least one thing EVERY DAY that went well for her in training.  On good days, it might be excellent workout results.  On bad days it might be something as simple as a positive comment a teammate made or the way she felt loose and relaxed during warmup.  The purpose is to have a running list of positive things to remember.  In the last week before a major race when the doubts start to creep in, she goes back and reads her Confidence Journal.  Since it is kept separate from her training log, this allows her to focus on the positives, the reasons why she should expect to perform well. What a great idea to help athletes who struggle with confidence!
That's all for issue #5 - I hope you had fun and found a few helpful nuggets for your coaching. Please email me any comments and suggestions or awesome resources that you have found to thewakeupswim@gmail.com
 
Thanks for reading,

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