Friday, February 12, 2016

The Power Of Training In A Group

SS Clinics and Camps:



United Kingdom

Yorkshire Video Analysis

West Lothian Video Analysis

Richmond SS Squad

Freestyle Improvers Course, Oxford

Richmond / Wimbledon Workshops

Salisbury 1to1 Analysis

Twickenham Video Analysis

Lancaster SS Squad

Lancaster Video Analysis

Northampton Swim Squad

Acton London Video Analysis

Birmingham Video Analysis Clinic

Cardiff Video Analysis Clinic

Video Analysis Clinic, Sherborne

Video Analysis Workshop Reading Feb & April

Northampton Video Analysis Clinic

Yorkshire Squads (Pool & OW)




Europe

Dublin Video Analysis

Prague Video Analysis

Lanzarote Swim Camp March 2016


Swim/Tri Camps Alicante

Prague Junior Swim Club




Asia & North America

3 Day Camp, Florida April 1-3

NYC / SC Video Analysis

Hong Kong Video Analysis

Dubai December Video Analysis Workshops

South Carolina Clinic Jan 24th
Thanks to everyone who commented, tweeted, emailed and facebook'd about last week's blog: How Difficult Can It Be To Spend A Little Time In Your Own Head

To inspire you as to what's possible (and the power of training in a group) we've just released a couple of short videos to Youtube from the Swim Smooth squads in Perth.

The first is a time lapse of a 5km Red Mist session, sped up 30x to last just 2½ minutes:



Filmed earlier this week, you can see a group of Swim Smooth Certified Coaches in training on the pool deck. Also keep an eye out for the Smooths turning up late and chatting before finally jumping in. In total the group of 43 swimmers completes over 200km (125 miles) during the clip!

Our second clip is one of our favourite super-slow-motion shots showing Sally, Suzi and Cyndy in the middle of a Red Mist set. Suzi's little pat of appreciation on Sally and Cyndy's shoulder is a powerful bit of camaraderie which at normal speed would be easily overlooked:



Each Swim Smooth Coach runs training squads to give you the right training to improve your swimming in a motivating, fun training environment. Get in contact with your local coach to find out what they can offer you:

www.swimsmooth.com/certifiedcoaches

Training hard can make the world of difference but is physically and mentally challenging, could training in a group make all the difference for you too?

Swim Smooth!

Friday, February 5, 2016

How Difficult Can It Be To Spend A Little Time In Your Own Head?

SS Clinics and Camps:



United Kingdom

Yorkshire Squads (Pool & OW)

Yorkshire Video Analysis

West Lothian Video Analysis

Richmond SS Squad

Freestyle Improvers Course, Oxford

Richmond / Wimbledon Workshops

Salisbury 1to1 Analysis

Twickenham Video Analysis

Lancaster SS Squad

Lancaster Video Analysis

Northampton Swim Squad

Acton London Video Analysis

Birmingham Video Analysis Clinic

Cardiff Video Analysis Clinic

Video Analysis Clinic, Sherborne

Video Analysis Workshop Reading Feb & April

Northampton Video Analysis Clinic




Europe

Prague Junior Swim Club

Dublin Video Analysis

Prague Video Analysis

Lanzarote Swim Camp March 2016


Swim/Tri Camps Alicante




Asia & North America

South Carolina Clinic Jan 24th

3 Day Camp, Florida April 1-3

NYC / SC Video Analysis

Hong Kong Video Analysis

Dubai December Video Analysis Workshops
Do you ever swim for more than 10 minutes without stopping? Or even 5 minutes? Even if you feel you train pretty hard, it's easy to get into the habit of swimming sessions where all your sets are repetitions over short distances. Why is that?

The thing is, for most swimmers the further you swim the more the mental pressure builds:



If you set off on a long continuous swim, by 600m you'll probably be thinking 'This is stupid', 'Why am I doing this' or 'I can't do this, my stroke is falling apart'.

And yet... if you are a runner you wouldn't dream of stopping after 8 minutes and triathletes ride their bikes for hours on end... So what's the difference?

There's certainly not much to look at when you swim and you are very much "alone in your own head" during long sets. But the real reason it's so hard to swim continuously is simply that you never do it in the first place and stopping becomes a habit. By only swimming short distances you never develop the mental state to maintain a strong effort over longer distances - "getting comfortable with uncomfortable".

How can you expect to reach your potential as a distance swimmer if you find it such a mental challenge to swim beyond 400m? Swimming long sets at race pace is perfect mental and physical training for distance swimming, triathlon and open water swimming where you have to perform over distances of 1500m and beyond.

SS Coach Emma Brunning about to swim a 10km race (in a speedy 2:30).
Mentally phased by what's to come? Not at all!

The irony is, once you train over longer distances regularly (in the pool or open water) it actually becomes a pleasure rather than stressful. You learn the ability to zone out and simply focus on the effort and the rhythm of your movements. Just like you would cycling or running.

So perhaps a key goal for your swimming over the next few months should be to establish a session once a week where you do swim some sets containing longer swims such as 800, 1000 or 1500m. Your swimming will take large steps forward as a result.

To really develop your aerobic swimming base the perfect weekly swim is a Red Mist session (there's 75 to choose from in the Swim Smooth Coaching System!). You might swim these sessions at 4-8 seconds slower per 100m than your normal training sets - and on paper that pace might look plain slow. But come to terms with that and you'll find over distances of 4km or longer that's strong swimming.

Mentally Red Mist sessions are some of the toughest you can do - but that's exactly the point! Get your head around them, overcome the Red Mist and a whole world of faster and more enjoyable swimming opens up before you.

Swim Smooth!