A Great Swim Workshop!
by, June 14th, 2009 at 07:07 PM (163 Views)
My kudos go out to Dick and Lisa Sidner for organizing an awesome Saturday Swim Clinic at Forest Park Pool and Morse Lake!
The day began with several land stations for the participants to rotate through. Stations included Yoga, Sports Nutrition, Pool Toys, RC exercises, and basic strength training.
After free rotation through the stations we were introduced to our coaches for the day, then a short talk with Maritza Correia! (1st aftrican-american female to earn an Olympic Medal).
Next we broke up into ability levels and worked on Freestyle with our coaches. I had the pleasure and luck of being assigned to Kris Houchins (Indy-Swim Fit Coach/USMS coach of the year I think). Kris is a wonderful stroke technichian and teacher; she has the rare ability to break complex skills down to the level any swimmer can understand. I learned alot about my crazy stroke and how to improve.
Next we moved to the diving well and were video-taped from the front, then side doing freestyle.
All swimmers met with Kris afterwards for a 1-on-1 analysis of their video.
The coaches then split up into butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, turns, and drill stations. Maritza ran a start/relay start station too. We were able to move freely into any station and stay as long/little as we wanted. I worked on fly, breast, and drills.
Next on the agenda was an hour break for lunch and the short drive to Morse Lake. A few of us got to eat and chat with Maritza, she's a very cool lady!
The Morse Lake session was lead by Marcia Cleveland and Jim Barbour (both english channel swimmers and ow super studs!) The group was split into A) folks who were uncomfortable swimming in the lake, and B) folks who have ow experience and are looking for tips to get faster and conserve/be more efficent in the water. We covered/practiced crazy mass starts, sighting, cork-screw turns around the bouys, what to do if panicky or over-tired, and how to finish the race. (running technique in shallow water, allowing and lessening dizziness, dolphining techniques to shore).
This session was awesome! Marcia and Jim shared lots of lessons they have learned with their experiences. We had 5 or 6 folks in our group who are currently training for the Channel or other longer events; they were great to chip in and contribute lots of great info too!
To sum it up, I have never had a better value for my money($45.00 including tee shirt, lunch, snacks all day) than I got at this clinic! Not only did I learn alot; I had FUN and met some great new master's swimmers from the central Indiana area!
I hope this becomes an annual affair for Team Nasti!
Week-end Workouts: I was tired by Friday. I have really ramped up my weekly yardage for 6 weeks or so. I am cutting back this week due to a 5K race I'm doing in Huntington Indiana. I'm really not expecting anything but a good practice at the race but I still feel like a slight break is in order.
FRIDAY: I did a short and easy workout with alot of kicking, about 2,400 yards (indoors)
SATURDAY: I probably swam 1,500 meters or so by the time we did stroke prac., video taping, and ow stuff...maybe more.
SUNDAY: GREAT swim outside at Forest Park. Workout ended up 3,700 LC Meters. Nothing really hard, but a good endurance effort.
After this weekend I feel like a total swimming geek with no other life................and I like it!