issue #16, december 24, 2018
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the wake-up swim

thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
This winter scene is at the Allas Sea Pool in Helsinki, Finland. Photo credit: @nikonieminenn
“Don't worry about motivation. Motivation is fickle. It comes and goes. It is unreliable - and when you are counting on motivation to get your goals accomplished, you will likely fall short. Don't count on motivation. Count on Discipline.”
-Jocko Willink
loosening up
  • Adam Peaty, Katinka Hosszu, Ryan Murphy and a cadre of elite swimmers from around the world met last week in London, presumably to plot strategy in their conflict with FINA over their right to earn a living from their performance.  Peaty has challenged FINA to ban him “because they know they can’t," ostensibly threatening a boycott of the Olympic Games if FINA doesn't share a larger percentage of its income with the athletes. FINA needs to be more athlete-centric, and these swimmers are justified in their pursuit. My concern is that Peaty and company might not have as much leverage as they believe. Swimming careers are brief in the broader scheme of the sport, and FINA as institution has the ability to wait them out.
  • Jon Gordon is one of my favorite social media follows — check out his excellent pdf “20 Ways to Get Mentally Tough.” I will be putting this one up on the wall at practice.
  • This week saw the retirement of two gold medalists from the 2012 London Olympics - Cameron van der Burgh and Missy Franklin.  Franklin included with her announcement a video of her swimming at age 6. I spent some time looking back at Franklin's history, and included some of what I learned in the parent article below.
  • Steve Magness wrote a fantastic piece on the ways we hold ourselves back from performing at our best.
  • Jake Shellenberger has 3 Fast and Simple Ways to Increase Productivity that got me thinking and even starting to use 2Do, his suggested app for managing your "to do" list.
parent article

What Can We Learn from the Career of Missy Franklin?

by Ryan Woodruff
   This week, American Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin officially retired from swimming.  Though only 23, she has been at a world-class level since she was 15 years old when she first made the U.S. national team.  At the 2012 London Olympics, she won 4 gold medals (5 total) and captured the admiration of young swimmers everywhere (you might remember the viral video sensation of that summer).  Her retirement came as no surprise, but it brought to a close one of the most meteoric careers in recent memory.
   Upon reading the news, I took a look back in the USA Swimming database to see what we could learn from her performances over the course of her career.  Read more here...
swimming videos of the week
1. This video was one I used to demonstrate dolphin kicking and a backstroke breakout.

2. This drill from Coach Brett Hawke (demonstrated by Tyler McGill) from Fitter & Faster is worth a watch:

favorite stuff from the blog Do you have a special team tradition or challenging workout you do over the holidays? We would love to hear about it:
tweet of the week
BONUS pool picture: This is the Arrowtown Memorial Pool with the beautiful backdrop of snowy mountains just outside Queensland, New Zealand.  Thank you to reader Ashley Amodeo for the picture.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed getting your "wake-up" a day earlier this week. For those in the midst of hard holiday training, keep it creative and keep pushing them to be their best! Any comments, suggestions, or submissions are welcome to
Thanks for reading,

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