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issue #45, July 16, 2019
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the wake-up swim

thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
This is the Dublin Wave, in Dublin, California, and marks our third week in a row featuring a pool in the Golden State. Photo credit: @awright2care

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When you take charge of your mind, you will discover that anything is possible.

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-George Raveling
You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.
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You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/challenge-Ralph Waldo EmersonYou jYou
 Welcome to issue #45 of the wake-up swim.  It's championship season here in Virginia, and I am scrambling to host meets, finish entries, make travel plans, and do all sorts of things that aren't actually "coaching."  I'm not complaining -- that's the job, and a big part of it. Brett Bartholomew (who wrote Conscious Coaching, my favorite coaching book of 2018) tweeted today:

"Like it or not, every profession has to understand the craftsmanship aspect of what they do, as well as the business of what they do. Doesn’t matter if it’s music, coaching or even a non-profit. Anyone who tells you otherwise isn’t telling you the whole story."

 True words for sure. Now if I can just figure out how to be more craftsman, less businessman. Let's get right into it this week...- RW
loosening up
favorite stuff from the blog
videos of the week
 
1. I'm not sure which stroke this drill targets, but I like it for either breast or fly:
 

 

2. Last week I wrote about making meets more fun, and it has been pointed out that "swimming is not tennis."  How fun would it be if we had races like this at meets?
 
coaching inspiration
My first reaction when I read this quote is to think of what my athletes have to do to be good.  We as coaches also need to be looking at ourselves the same way.

"If you want to be good, you really don't
have a lot of choices,
because it takes what it takes."


– Nick Saban
Thank you for taking the time to read issue #45.  It takes a bit of time to put this bit of curated coaching content together each time, so I hope you find it valuable in some small way every week.  Have you had a really good practice recently?  I would love to see it and make you internet-famous (sort of) for the blink of an eye -- please send it to swimmingwizard@gmail.com.  If someone forwarded this e-mail to you, you can subscribe here.

Happy Coaching!



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