Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches

98 Days to the FGC Junior Olympic Championship at Plantation

  Now is the time to intensify you training, you cannot wait until the week before the meet to tune up your strokes, starts and turns. You should be focusing on better turns in every workout, every set. You know that your coaches have been preaching over and over again for you to streamline every turn…You have to make it happen!

Power off your turns keeps you in the race. Power off your turns keeps the flow of your speed into the next lap. Keeping your head down and not breathing into your turns sets you up for a good streamline position off the wall. These are the things I know I have told you as well as your present coach has..DON’T BREATHE INTO OR OUT OF YOUR TURNS. It’s a matter of practice, it’s a matter of forming a habit.

Pick on one part of the turn each day of practice and FOCUS! it’s all up to you and your attitude towards practice, set your goals and practice for it, by being intense. Don’t give in to the boredom, don’t give in to the person in your lane who doesn’t care about where they are headed. Don’t give in to your body saying “I am tired”…It is when you are tired that you should be more focused. 

Set your calendar for July 24 thru July 27 at Plantation Pool. If you have any questions or concerns about your stroke or starts or turns please post them on the BLOG and I will do my best to address them. 

April 17, 2008 Posted by | Age Group | Leave a comment

Start Block Controversy at Olympics

race start

Swim officials get set to resist

  • Nicole Jeffery, Beijing | February 05, 2008

A REVOLUTIONARY swimming starting block that is said to improve times by up to one-tenth of a second has become the center of international debate in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics.

Officials fear Australian swimmers will be disadvantaged if the new block – designed by official timing supplier Omega and featuring an angled piece at the rear of the platform that resembles a track starting block – is adopted for the Games.

Omega has set up a prototype of the block in lane nine of the new pool in Beijing, where the China Open Olympic test event is being held – in an effort to persuade the larger swimming community to adopt it for the Beijing Games in August.

The company has gained some support from within the International Swimming Federation, which will put approval of the new technology to a vote at its extraordinary congress during the world short course championships in Manchester in April.

Australian head coach Alan Thompson, who is the secretary of the FINA coaches committee, believes Omega’s offer to supply each competitive swimming nation with two blocks on which to practice would disadvantage large nations such as Australia and the US, where the Olympic team swimmers were spread out across the country. Thompson added that the Australian Institute of Sport and the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center had both tried unsuccessfully to order sets of the blocks.

He said the sport would be moving too fast by introducing the blocks just four months before the most important competition in the calendar.

“Everyone thinks the blocks are a great idea, but we won’t have any time to practice on them before the Olympics,” he said.

“If we’re not ready to do it properly before the Olympics, let’s not rush it. I think the blocks have to be more widely available first. We need to practice and race with them. While they are not readily available, it puts some people at a disadvantage.”

The FINA coaches commission is arguing for an amendment to the Manchester proposal that puts a starting date of September 1, after the Olympic Games in August, on the introduction of the technology.

A prototype of the new block was displayed at last year’s World Championships in Melbourne but Omega has since improved it, creating a block with an adjustable piece at the back that can be moved into five different positions to suit individual swimmers.

Omega spokesman Peter Huerzeler said the company had tested the block with a group of German elite junior swimmers and found they improved their starting times by up to one-tenth of a second.

“The track start – one foot forward, one foot back and popular with many swimmers – without this is hopeless because they have nothing to push off from behind their back foot,” Mr Huerzeler said.

“This is only an advantage for the swimmers and nothing else.”

Whether or not the starting block is approved, Omega has introduced another innovation at the Water Cube pool: a new video replay system to check on the legality of starts, finishes and relay changeovers.

The old system used videotape that could be rewound and reviewed only following the race and led to delays. The digital system can be checked while the race is in progress so results can be confirmed immediately

April 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment