Sunday, March 31, 2013
Live Results can be found here.
UPDATE: For the record, my prediction is 4-5 NCAA athletes making the World Championship Team for Canada. Time will tell...
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Live video can be found HERE (Please watch, the meet is indescribably intense.)
Canadians such as NEW's Matthew Swanston, ESWIM's Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, ISLAND's Jeremy Bagshaw, CASCADE's Chad Bobrovsky & Edmonton's Richard Funk (seeded 3rd in 100BR) are all competing. Good luck to everyone; especially the Canadians!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Here are my thoughts on the trailer:
- In reference to the scene I mentioned above; can anyone name a "big meet" held on USA soil that Lochte went to since the Olympics? World SC Championships were in Turkey... I would imagine that he wouldn't be drinking the night before World SC Championships... especially in Florida, since he would have to be in Turkey the next morning. This may be more scripted than young impressionable athletes realize and that may actually harm the sport.
- WHAT HAPPENED TO GREG TROY AND WHO THE HELL IS MIKE??? For those of you who don't know, Greg Troy is Ryan Lochte's long time coach. This is a picture of Greg Troy. My guess is that E! felt that Greg wasn't young enough or good looking enough - or perhaps that Greg isn't backing the whole idea and was replaced with "Mike". Good gig for "Mike"... look for him to become the head coach of a program near you soon.
- Ryan Lochte's mom name is Ike???
- I love hearing Ryan explain things; like how to pronounce "JEAH" but not really explaining why he says such a daft thing all the time.
Kierra is a great athlete and a super girl. We had a lot of fun recording her #coachmikepodcast episode and I think very highly of her. I recommend that anyone who has had a disappointing race or meet read her entry. Kierra gets very candid and gives some insight to how she feels, what she thinks went wrong and how to move forward after "letting everyone down". Please take the time to read her post - we spend a lot of time talking about successes; but more time needs to be spent learning how to deal with disappointment. I feel that Kierra is handling it the right way.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
- Get back onto your sleep schedule: You cannot afford to miss more training time because "I couldn't fall asleep" or "I slept past my alarm". You'll need to dust the cobwebs off of those highly disciplined time management skills and internal clock that all swimmers boast about ASAP.
- Wash your hands: Stay as healthy as possible and no better way than to wash your hands like crazy. Remember, you're working from behind so you'll be working harder (making your immune system a little weaker) AND you cannot afford to miss any more swimming.
- Review your goals: Its always important to stay hungry and its easy to be complacent when you forget about why you're doing something. Reviewing your goals (alone or with your coach) is always a smart idea to help with your motivation.
- EAT!: You'll need to replenish everything you use. Again; I don't mean eat junk, eat smart and replenish what you're using. You're likely using around 1000cal every workout, don't forget. That needs to be replaced.
- Compete - All out - All the time: I love competition in practice - its healthy. Nothing motivates someone harder than the guy that never beats them beating them. We're nearing the end of the season and success in practice is becoming more critical. Pay attention to practice PBs, who you're keeping up to and who is beating you... then improve on all of it.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
2.) Women's Division 1 NCAA Championships begin in Indianapolis tomorrow. Canadians such as Brittany MacLean, Chantal VanLandenham (spelling..?) Sinead Russell, Brooklyn Snodgrass, Cynthia Pammett, Paige Miller, Kiera Smith, Lauren Erp, Marnie Oldershaw, Annie Harrison and others will represent and some will get medals. My friends over at swimswam (right side of the page linked as "results") will cover this fully and, while it is a yards meet, it is still lightning fast. Swimswam.com has a time conversion utility on the right side of their page. You can check out how fast these swims are yourself.
While I'm on this topic, I would like to publicly shake my head in confusion and shame at SNC for continually holding Major Games Trials (last year Olympic Trials; in this case World Championship Trials) 2 weeks after women's NCAAs and 1 week after men's NCAAs while other countries are holding theirs much later in the season. Some of our brightest talent are competing at these meets (Olympians MacLean & Russell are currently in the USA) and will have to manage a very tight taper, not to mention going from SCY to LCM in a matter of days. Needless to say; this is the hand we've been dealt and we're got to deal with it. I still don't understand why we're punishing our athletes (and ourselves) with this ridiculous timing.
3.) Ontario Provincial Mentor Coach, Dean Boles's monthly report can be found here. Thanks for the shout out, Dean!
Friday, March 8, 2013
Frank's pool videos (as seen in his presentation) can be found here: Starts | Back Starts | Pushoffs
You can find the rest of the videos from the conference here and the other PDF presentations here.
*Update: Yes, I am fully aware that it was Herm Mankiewicz that wrote Citizen Kane, not Wells, but no one would have caught the Mank reference.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
- Peeing in the pool is okay..???? - via RedOrbit
- Lets hear it for Canadian women in the NCAA. Official psych sheets are up and Canadians such as Sinead Russell, Brooklyn Snodgrass, Cynthia Pammett, Kiera Smith and Paige Miller are all top 10 seeds (Russell and Miller are top 3).
- Not sure if anyone read my article on Swimnews last week. You can read it again HERE.
- Watch "ASK THE EXPERTS" on OFF THE DECK from the Swim Ontario website. Send your "ASK THE EXPERTS" questions to me. I'll do my best to answer them.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Tyler McGill has a great 3 part series on "So, you want to get faster...".
Part 1 - Become a student of the Sport http://ow.ly/i42oy
Part 2 - Being Coachable... http://ow.ly/i41QS
Part 3 - Ownership: Give it Everything http://ow.ly/i421Z
Why can some kids handle pressure, while others fall apart? Scientists think bouts of panic in stressful situations can be traced to genetics. But don’t freak out. Biology is not necessarily destiny. http://ow.ly/i42BM