This weekend I attended the Sydney Open Meet that doubled as University Nationals, and here is what I took away. Team culture. I think there are many avenues one can go down when trying to define such an idea, but instead of defining it, I would rather focus on what it does. As part of … Continue reading Team Culture | Australia’s Missing Piece
Are you one of those athletes who never seem to be able to race faster than you go mid-season in training? Perhaps you’re the opposite, and you can only go fast under pressure. Regardless, there are some key principles that can enhance your ability to perform on race day, that if done well, can help … Continue reading 3 Steps To Prepare for the Big Race
The term ‘easy speed’ gets thrown around a lot, but for the majority of individuals, remains somewhat unclear. In picturing it, we can all imagine the fastest Olympians making swimming top speeds look really easy, but what we don’t realise is that the underpinning theory can be extended to anyone. The most exciting element of … Continue reading Examining ‘Easy Speed’ to maximise performance
So far, I have begun to discuss the critical elements behind what makes someone fast, or good, in a given discipline. For sprint swimming, it appears to turn on finding the equilibrium between absolute power and the application of such. There are many theories surrounding this, but surely there exists a vast number of additional … Continue reading The Importance of a Functioning Support Team
There’s this saying that always gets brought up in swimming… “Spinning the wheels” What does this mean? Well it is usually referring to someone who is sprinting, without really holding water. Their limbs are moving quickly, and it is obvious that they are putting in a lot of effort, but it isn’t resulting in … Continue reading WHY MAXIMUM EFFORT MAY NOT EQUATE TO MAXIMUM SPEED
What is it that allows people to swim fast? Balance, stability, power is what comes to mind. So it makes sense that to become comfortable at high speeds, one must practice as much as possible at high speeds. Well this could be very wrong. I am sure everyone has ridden a bicycle before. Once you … Continue reading The Key To Speed May Be Exactly The Opposite
As a youngster, or a beginner, you may be looking at 30 seconds. As a seasoned athlete 22-23 seconds may be how long it takes. Either way, it’s a very short amount of time, where a lot can go right, and a lot can go wrong. We have all seen the glamorous sprinters on TV, … Continue reading 50m: From Start to Finish
A few months ago, I was in the pool doing a light recovery session – that kind of swim in the middle of the day where a lot more floating is done than swimming with any real conviction. I pushed off the wall with the intent of doing a perfect, easy 50m. As I swam … Continue reading Why?
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