Category Archives: Swim Training
The months of September and October were filled with extremely hard training! I achieved many training goals in and out of the pool that will move me into position for a great year of racing. I wanted to tell you a little about why these two months were so successful and what I have coming up.
No Pan American Games
The month of October was host to the Pan American Games in Mexico. After my swims at Nationals, I was selected to attend this meet by USA Swimming. I turned down the invitation due to many reasons but non bigger than the fact that I wanted to put in more hours of training in my preparation for the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games. To be successful as a USA sprinter at the Olympic Trials and also the Olympic Games requires a little more training compared to other sprinters from other countries. Most sprinters need a lot of rest to perform at peak sprinting levels. and that requires a longer taper compared to a 200 and up swimmer. Also When you swim at Olympic Trials and make the Olympic Team you have to wait another four plus weeks before you get to race again. Four weeks isn’t short but not long enough to build back up and fully rest again for sprinters. The only way to make that an easier time period is to put in more base work early in the year and just keep on resting! The base work I do now will allow me to hold any taper no matter how long! “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
PRO SWIM LEAGUE DUEL
This week on Wednesday November 16th and Thursday November 17th Club Wolverine will be host to the first ever Pro Swim League Event. The event is set up like a college duel meet spread out over two days. The Athletes (pros only) will be divided up into two teams, East Vs West and compete for prize money in each event. $300 for First, $150 for second and $50 for third. This event has been built by pros for pros to help support all the professional athletes that can’t afford to attend the World Cups which can cost thousands of dollars to travel to. If you live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area please attend the meet and help support the swimmers that make this sport so amazing! If you can’t attend, watch the live feed and show the world how important these events are to Professional swimmers and the sport they compete in!! Pro Swim League website and live feed
DUEL IN THE POOL ADDITION
My last 10 weeks of training has turned some heads in USA Swimming and propelled me on a path to be added to Team USA’s roster for the 2011 Duel in the Pool being held in Atlanta Georgia. In the 2005 Duel in the Pool, I was a part of the Team USA’s roster and won the 50 free, clinching the team victory for the United States against Australia. This time around in 2011 Team USA will be swimming against the best in the world which ups the competition drastically. The timing of this event (December 16 and 17th) is perfectly in line with the training I have done and will keep me going through December. I can’t wait to go after another victory in my events and help Team USA win another Duel in the Pool event!
last weekend I competed at a local masters swim meet along with some of Swim MAC Team Elite. Every year we like to compete at this meet because meets in October are normally hard to find and we also get to go after masters world records. This meet sat right at the end of six good weeks of the hardest training I have done in years. going into this meet I wasn’t expecting much. I ended up coming out with a Masters World record in the 50 free for age group 30-34. If you know me well, I am NOT 30 yet!! I guess the way masters aging works I am considered 30. Scary but also excited to post a Masters World Record! Check out The Swimming World Magazine article here about the Record: [link]
This weekend I put together a few sets we have done start out the season in September. Like I said in a recent post [Filling The “Bank”], we are really pushing our legs in every practice. Many of these sets are for kicking and getting your legs in great shape! You can find this page on my blog under the “Training” tab on the top of my site. Or you can click the link here: [Sept Training Sets]
This was a post I had up earlier this year (January) and today I experienced the results of dehydration! Post workout cramps!! They are very painful and now I’m playing catch up which won’t help for tomorrows training session!
I am 29 years old and have been swimming for over 20 years and you would think I understood how important it was to hydrate, right? Especially since I swam under the Arizona desert sun for close to 10 years. well, I guess I didn’t. Just recently I got to actually see how important hydration really is and how off my beliefs were on whether I was hydrated or not!
We have been running hydration tests over the last year and all of us here at Swim MAC Team Elite have taken some serious thought into how we hydrate before, during, and after physical activity. We also looked at hydration at key times during the day which turned some heads after evaluating…. I am someone that drinks a lot of water throughout the day time. But I don’t do well at drinking water at dinner and when I wake in the mornings.
I have learned that I have been “severely dehydrated” going into almost all my morning workouts! As of right now 5 of my workouts a week are in the mornings….. I don’t think that’s setting me up to have a good practice week! What we have learned is drinking almost 4 glasses or water from the time you wake to the time you hit the pool is what’s need to be optimally hydrated for workout. Also drinking more water at dinner time helps make the next mornings hydration that much easier.
I have seen huge gains with the adjustments made in my water intake. After seeing “SEVERELY DEHYDRATED” on the test results throughout the year I knew I needed to make a change since I really thought I was hydrating properly. I am glad I made the adjustments. I am feeling so much better in my morning workouts and I really think it was just hydration that got me there.
I feel like many can learn from this. Take hydration to the next level and make sure you fuel your body at the right times for optimal training output!