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Happy new year swimmers!
We will be focusing the month of January on fitness and skill development. Coaches will be focusing on specific skills to improve overall technique. We will also be pushing swimmers to up weekly mileage so that overall fitness is improved.
Swimmers will be encouraged to enter completions this year with a big focus on Paris, GLLAM and Nationals, although we are going to try and enter many more competitions over the year.
Look forward to seeing you all poolside,
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Firstly congratulations to all the very busy swimmers at the weekend. lots of bling and Partying in Berlin, lots of fun in Brighton and lots of PB's for our Para swimmers.
This sets us up nicely into the taper leading to nationals in just under 2 weeks time!
if you have not done so yet please can you let David know if you are attending this event. We do not need to arrange permits for you but it is always good for the coach to know who will be there!
As we are now entering our final taper of the year what can you expect?
- A little more rest during the set
- A few more HVO and short sprints
- A bit more technical drills and sculling
- Feeling a little heavy in the water for a few days
- Feeling faster as we head towards the end of the taper
- and finally coaches picking up on all your mistakes........
During taper please make sure we are practicing touching with 2 HANDS when swimming FLY and BREAST.
Make sure when you do back to back turns we count through the flags and do not turn too soon on our front to then have to swim F/C
Make sure to tumble turn and try and get good underwater transitions in.
and lastly please do finish at the wall....
Over the next two weeks we will continue with endurance and work on technical skills, please try and swim on different nights of the week ( I know sometimes this is not always feasible) but that way you will get a good overall workout.
As a matter of rule:
Monday's are generally fast hard work outs.
Tuesday's are longer sets working on fitness and endurance.
Wednesday's is a mixture of all types of sets.
Thursday at Oasis is fast hard lactate sets.
Thursday at London Bridge (start 13th October) will be distance sets, these sets are for open water swimmers, triathletes and those who like to swim long distance.
Friday due to the length of the set you will get a good overall fitness session that will be challenging.
Saturdays are sprinting, fitness sessions. These are more technical sets and no matter what lane you swim in or whether you go to LAC or QM your coaches will challenge you on swimming technically correct and beautiful so may end up doing lots of drills.
Remember all sets should be challenging, the sets are meant to help you all improve fitness and technical aspects of your swimming.
Warm ups - do not start these too fast! Warm up is meant to gradually get you ready for the hard work that will follow.
Drills - slow down when doing drills, think about what you are doing and what aspect of the stroke you are working on. If the coach lets you choose the drill don't always pick the easiest drill - CATCH UP!
Main set - this is when you do need to work hard and push yourself, yes it will hurt but as you get fitter the sets will become easier!
Swim downs - again this is when you get to swim slow bring the heart rate down and prepare to finish the set. Swim down is important and so many times i see swimmers getting out before the end of the swim down. The SD is part of the set and should be swan to the end.
Entries to nationals closes on the 30th of September at midday. if you are thinking of going and are not sure what to swim or what times to enter please do speak to any of the coaches. We will be sending the wonderful Nathan for the weekend to support you all at the event! If you have entered and want to swim relays please let Andrew Benson know as he is sorting out relays and if you have entered can you please let David Deporta Mendez know.
have a good couple of weeks of swimming
I hope you had a great August and got to enjoy the sun with a number of sessions being cancelled at ULU. Now we are all back from holidays (those of us who managed to be away) or just carrying on as normal!
We have some intense work to do! with just over 9 weeks to go till nationals in Sheffield in October! The focus for the next 6 weeks will be aerobic endurance ( getting you all up to full fitness) working on good technique and ensuring that we work on turns, transitions and touching with two hands in fly and breast.
For this week we will be working on endurance so lots of distance lots of skill development and starting to get our fitness back (those of you who have had a break) and for those of you who did not this type of training will just get you fitter.
For all of you this week I would like you to set yourself a goal of trying not to stop during the main set or go to the loo during the main set! As well as touching with two hands onFly and breast turns.
I hope that many of you will sign up to take part in Nationals and look forward to seeing you all pool side.
It's really good to see so many of you swimming over the summer and to see that sessions are still quite full. I would like to remind you all that you please remember which lane you are assigned to and check which nights you have sessions. I have had a number of swimmers turn up on the wrong nights. Sets are set according to the standard of swimmers and if a swimmer is in the wrong lane / impeding the lane, it wouldn't be fair for others or the coaches. So please be considerate.
If you're trying too hard to keep up, realistically you will not be achieving the objectives of the set because you're swimming in the wrong energy zone.
For this week we would be looking into stroke technique in backstroke. Coaches would like to see nice body position ( this weeks focus) follow this link for some good body position advice:
A good drill is to put a pull buoy on your forehead and try swim a length with out dropping the pull buoy. To make it more difficult try using a plastic cup or a finger paddle.
Well done to all our open water swimmers at Henley Bridge to Bridge 14km / London Tri and congratulations to Geraldine Treacher who swam 26.5km across Lake Zurich over the weekend!
Also excellent team work for the Orcas who were competing in the waterloo tournament in Amsterdam at EuroPride.
Lastly, please do sign in when you arrive on pool side! If you have not seen the list taker then ask the coach if they have the list to sign in. Please do not just get into the pool, we need to know who is in the pool (for safety/ insurance etc).
Thanks all and enjoy some sunny swimming,
For august we will be doing endurance and lots of skill work.
Fridays and Sundays at LAC is a perfect opportunity to use fins and paddles but please check with the coach they are happy for you to do so. These can be bought from a good sports shop, swim shop or any online shop that sells swim wear. You do not need to purchase expensive equipment.
Swimmers please note that not all sessions will be fully covered during August many of the Coaches and Teachers are away! So no abusing of the coaches who are there please!
Our next big target is nationals in October in Sheffield please speak to any of the coaches if you would like to swim but not sure of what times you should enter. Please do speak to some of our more experienced swimmers about where to stay what to expect and where you can party!
Have a good summer and next blog will be in a couple of weeks in the mean time as Dory would say' just keep swimming'
This week we will be fine tuning our skills for the Middlesex County Championship on 24 July.
Turns and starts are on the agenda this week and fast quick swimming.
We will still do some focus on skills.
Can I remind all swimmers that when leaving the pool you tell the coach especially during the session.
Focus for swimmers this week:
Set yourself a training goal, this can be anything from tumble turning through out the set to doing drills correctly or even a time goal. Write this down before the session and then after the session see if you have achieved this ...
This will help you focus on something in each session.
Have a good week of swimming.
It was lovely to see the whole club from swimming to water polo to synchro, women and men getting together for Pride, I hope you all enjoyed yourself.
This week we see a number of swimmers head off to Euro games and we wish them the best of luck.
In terms if swimming we are focusing on developing speed, working on Technical elements of your stroke.
Swimmers, remember when doing drill you need to slow down and think about what the drill is doing for your stroke.
Entries are still open for middlesex till the 8 th of July, if you want to swim in a relay please let David know ASAP as we need to register the relays before the closing date.
Momentum is picking up leading into the Middlesex County Championship and entry forms are fast disappearing! Don't fret if you did not get one, you can download it here.
You will all have noticed that Alex and Nathan have put up some videos on Facebook, do have a look, learn and think about what is being said.
For those that swam on Saturday and were filmed I am sure you found that useful. We will do more of that in the coming weeks. This is a useful way to understand what it is you are doing in the water and what it is we want you to do!
For this week much the same as last week in terms of sessions but we will also be doing more HVO work. You may ask what HVO is, follow this link to our page that will give you an idea what HVO, Aerobic, Lactate Sets etc are.
A reminder that you all need to do a combination of all these sets to be a better/ faster swimmer.
Good luck to the cold water swimmers competing tomorrow night at Tooting Bec Lido! and well done to the Water Polo team who competed at the tournament on Sunday.
Have a good week of swimming,
So the European Masters Championship is behind us and now we can focus on getting ready for Helsinki Euro Games and Middlesex county Championship.
This week we will work on doing some endurance based work, skill work, but continue the momentum with speed work as we are working towards competitions.
During this time unless the coach has specified you can choose the stroke you want to swim. It is always good to mix up your strokes.
On another note, remember that we do drills to help improve our strokes, so do not rush through doing drills, think about what you want to achieve from doing a specific drill and don't just do the drill for the sake of doing the drill.
Happy swimming this week!
Wow, is all I can say! Congratulations to all the OTS swimmers who swam last week at the European Master's Championship and did so well. Lots of PB's some very good swims from everyone, with Lizzie winning 2 medals and our men's 4x50 relay team coming 4th in Europe!
Going forward we will continue to work in competition mode but we will be building up some distance to ensure we don't loose the fast swimming. there are a number of swimmers going to IGLA (if you are going and have not told David yet, please do) The emphasis is to continue to work on feel of water and good technique starts and turns.
Remember that there are a number of sessions a week and you should vary the nights you swim in order to get an overall varsity of swim sets and energy systems worked. Just doing fast swimming or slow swimming will not make you a better swimmer!
Sunday's sets are more about Technique and skill development
Monday's and Thursday's at Oasis are your sets where you will do hard sprinting and fast swimming.
Tuesday will be more focused on building fitness.
Wednesday will be a mixture of technic and fitness.
Thursday LB will be distance work for Triathlons and open water swimming.
Friday is an opportunity to swim longer, get faster and fitter.
Saturday's are a mixture of fast, endurance and challenging swimming!
Next focus now is to get as many of you to Middlesex County Championship on the 24th of July. To enter, contact our competition secretary here.
Coaching aim for this week:
The taper will continue till mid week, when our team of swimmers start to compete at LEN European Masters Aquatics Championship.
This week we will continue with the theme of good technique, sculling and getting a good feel of the water. The sessions will start to increase meterage towards the end of the week.
For our open water/ distance swimmers Thursday London Bridge will be a good set and then Friday night will be a good meter eater set (doing some good distance set).
A reminder that no training on May Bank Holiday Monday!
Well done to our open water team at The Fix Splash in Stoke Newington this weekend!
This week, we start to taper. There are 21 swimmers representing the club at the European Masters 25th -29th of May.
We wish them all the very best of luck!
The taper will mean that sessions will still be challenging but focusing on getting all swimmers ready to compete. You will find that there will be a bit more rest during sets and you will be doing more specific work on No.1 and more scull and drill work to get a real feel of the water.
We hope to be able to have Blocks out for start practice on Saturday and Sunday at QM but we can't promise this as we have no control on what the pools will allow. If we can't use blocks we will still do some dive practice.
Sunday swimmers will work on Turns and transitions.
Remember there are 11 pool sessions a week and depending on what lane you swim in you should be mixing up when you attend sessions to get a good overall swim.
Have a good week of swimming.
Hi swimmers, so as we head into the next phase of our cycle and are looking at what events are coming up in June, May becomes an important month of swimming! Our main targets are Middlesex and TIP
Firstly you would have noticed that some sessions are getting more intense and so they should, as we are now starting our completion phase of training.
For May we will be working on getting faster in the water. So what does this mean for you the swimmer:
Well to start there will be more sets of fast swimming, this will include Lactate sets, V02 Max sets and Heart Rate sets as well as work on speed development. Why do we do these sets, I hear you ask? The answer is simple, we spent the winter months doing lots of aerobic and endurance type of work to build up our fitness and our aerobic capacity, as we move into competing more we also now need to speed up! These sets will help improve your speed so that when you do take to the water for a competition you will feel fast.
Some tips for these types of sets:
Warm up as you are asked to by the coach, but do not swim fast in the warm up. Instead as you get the feel of the water, increase your speed just enough to get the heart rate working a little harder.
Most coaches will add some HVO work into the warm up or some build-up work to get you ready for the main set.
Do swim fast when asked to whether that is at max effort or a % of your max. Swim slow during recovery and easy swims.
Do try and maintain good technique through out the set and ensure you get a good feel of the water.
Do ask if you don't understand what the coach has asked you to do!
Finally if you do all these things you should notice improvement as you start to compete.
Remember you will not always get a PB in every race you swim