Friday, January 20, 2012

Consistent Work + Consistent Focus

T2 Aquatics had an awesome meet last weekend with about 60 swimmers in attendance. Another 95 are preparing for a meet this weekend. Many swimmers last weekend had breakthroughs. Some were with personal best times while others made big strides in their meet preparation and "big meet" attitude. These attitude developments are a large part of what we are doing at T2 Aquatics. Helping T2 swimmers become confident, high performing athletes.

Many of our younger (and not so experienced) T2 swimmers are "getting it" and "getting it" in a big way. Cheering and supporting your teammates. Learning that wearing sweatshirts, parkas, pants, socks, shoes (not flip flops!). Being aggressive and racing tough. Learning that those "racing skills" that we talk about so often are differences between 1st and 2nd. 8th and 9th. 2nd and 1st. 9th and 8th. The difference between getting that AAA time..... or not.

Some swimmers tried to tell me this weekend that Balloons make you swim fast..... Oh, that couldn't be further from the truth!

Consistent Work and Focus are what really make you swim fast!

Remember: The work and focus that you put into it at practice changes your outlook at the competitions.

What can you work more at? What can you focus more on?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

"One Finds Limits By Pushing Them."

"One finds limits by pushing them."
-Herbert Simon
One of the teaching points in the Age Group Program at T2 this past Fall has been teaching the swimmers how to navigate through a practice in order to set the path of a higher level of performance. While each of the Age Group Development and Performance groups are operating with different age groups and different ability levels - the core values remain the same. We must work to achieve higher levels of accountability, and dedication while working on setting goals and more importantly - a path to achieve those goals.
Part of the "theme" of the last few weeks has been learning how to figure out how to set the path.

First step, what is the goal? Second step, be aware of what is going on. Third step, dig deep. Fourth step, climb high.
Establish The Goal. What do you want to do? Why do you come to practice? What is your goal? Set a goal that is "do-able" and something that YOU want to do. Someone can put an idea in your head, but in the end, the satisfaction of the process will be enjoyable if YOU are behind the goal 100%.
Be Aware. You must constantly be aware of what is going on with your training. What is your attitude like? Your attendance? Your speed? Your technique? Your motivation? If you are slipping, be aware and correct it. If you are pushing it to a new limit, congratulate yourself! If you blow past a goal, be aware, and set a new one quickly.
Dig Deep. Use your motivation to accomplish great things. When athletes dig down deep for that little extra, they always feel good about it. That’s one of the things about great athletes - that satisfaction is something that they crave. The more you crave it, the better you will be.
Climb High. Enjoy your success, your triumphs, your new limits.

Update Our Formulas

2011 was an amazing year for me. A totally new challenge in a totally new place on Earth.

T2 Aquatics has made so many amazing strides in my last 12 months here - it has been an awesome sight to see. I can not wait too work hard and see what the future holds for T2 Aquatics and the swimmers of T2 Aquatics!

"That makes me know that, we we we we're doin'
We had the right idea in the beginning
And and we just need to maintain our focus, and elevate
We what we do we update our formulas
We have certain formulas but we update em
with the times, and everything y'know"