Thursday, January 07, 2016

Numbering Your Sessions

SS Clinics and Camps:

United Kingdom

Video Analysis Workshop Reading Jan & Feb

Northampton Video Analysis Clinic

Yorkshire Squads (Pool & OW)

Yorkshire Video Analysis

West Lothian Video Analysis

Richmond SS Squad

Freestyle Improvers Course, Oxford

Richmond / Wimbledon Workshops

Salisbury 1to1 Analysis

NEW Ringwood SS Squad

Twickenham Video Analysis

Lancaster SS Squad

Lancaster Video Analysis

NEW Kings Cross London Squad

Northampton Swim Squad

Truro Cornwall Clinics, January 2016

Acton London Video Analysis

Birmingham Video Analysis Clinic

Cardiff Video Analysis Clinic


Swim/Tri Camps Alicante

Prague Junior Swim Club

Dublin Video Analysis

Prague Video Analysis

Stockholm Swim Clinic

Asia & North America

Hong Kong Video Analysis

Dubai December Video Analysis Workshops

South Carolina Clinic Jan 24th

3 Day Camp, Florida April 1-3

NYC / SC Video Analysis
If you've just started swimming again in the new year, or started a new block of training, a nice way to keep things in perspective is to number your sessions as you do them. A super-simple idea but a really insightful thing to do.

If you are coming back after a layoff, here's some things you might find:

Session 1 often goes surprisingly well for a comeback swim.

Sessions 2-5 feels like a bit of a slog and you are a long way from where you used to be.

Session 6 is often a breakthrough, feeling like you've got a bit of fitness back.

Sessions 7-14 you should find you can complete full training sessions well. Take advantage of this and get some solid sessions under your belt, perhaps adding a red-mist session to your weekly routine.

Session 15-20 Somewhere in here you're going to experience another jump in fitness which is very motivating. You'll also have the odd bad session where you feel flat, that's to be expected.

Sessions 20-40 The improvements will keep coming bit by bit but expect them to be a little smaller than previously. Keep it rolling and remember consistency is everything!

We recommend you keep a training log which you can look back on to assess your training weeks or years later. Numbering those sessions within a block gives you added perspective on how you were doing.

You might have 30 sessions planned over the next 10 weeks (perhaps leading up to a challenge or key race) and numbering them tells you exactly how far you have come and how far you have to go.

For an elite level example, see Paul Newsome's block of 50 sessions leading up to his win at the mighty 46km Manhattan Island Marathon swim:

Paul with the Gallagher Cup.
Swim Smooth!

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