Saturday, 25 November 2017

October Swim Smooth

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  • Published: Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:52
  • Written by Martin Darlison
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If you haven’t been in the club for long; it’s worth noting that we cease hard training at the end of September and go ‘back to basics’ with a strong focus on correct technique at club sessions.  It is crucial for us all to have a period of recovery following the end of season and low intensity ‘Aerobic’ and ‘Technique’ sessions continue during the autumn, then intensity increases during the winter and harder efforts are introduced during springtime to be ready for the start of the next racing season.
 
So “Oktoberfest” (with or without the beer!) includes ‘workshop’ type swim sessions on Saturday mornings.  We introduced the Swim Smooth approach to coaching a few years ago, which is endorsed by the British Triathlon Federation.  A key principle is to identify which Swim Type each swimmer belongs to, then we can coach targeted and specific stroke correction techniques and drills on a more individual basis rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.
 
A lot of you will already know your swim type, but if you have forgotten or never known your swim type, please ask one of the coaches to watch you swim and let you know the most suitable group for you.
 
There is some very useful information, videos on each Swim Type plus a questionnaire to help identify your Swim Type on the SwimSmooth website: http://www.swimtypes.com/.  Be aware that you might be a mixture of 2 or 3 different Swim Types, so the results of the questionnaire might not be totally conclusive, but it’s always best to get one of the coaches to watch you.  Remember the allocation is based on the type of drills and exercises that will be most beneficial for your improvement.
 
If you get to the start of October and still not certain of your swim group, just come along to one of the sessions in the first week, get a coach assessment and we’ll go from there.
 
To make sure Saturday swims work well, we will use the following arrangements for Saturday morning swims (October only):
 
3 Oct - 6:30            Group A: Bambinos (in lanes 1-2), Overgliders (in lanes 3-6)
3 Oct - 7:30            Group B: Arnies (in lanes 1-3), Smooths, Swingers & Kicktastics (in lanes 4-6)
 
10 Oct - 6:30          Group B: Arnies (in lanes 1-3), Smooths, Swingers & Kicktastics (in lanes 4-6)
10 Oct - 7:30          Group A: Bambinos (in lanes 1-2), Overgliders (in lanes 3-6)
 
17 Oct - 6:30          Group A: Bambinos (in lanes 1-2), Overgliders (in lanes 3-6)
17 Oct - 7:30          Group B: Arnies (in lanes 1-3), Smooths, Swingers & Kicktastics (in lanes 4-6)
 
24 Oct - 6:30          Group B: Arnies (in lanes 1-3), Smooths, Swingers & Kicktastics (in lanes 4-6)
24 Oct - 7:30          Group A: Bambinos (in lanes 1-2), Overgliders (in lanes 3-6)
 
31 Oct - 6:30          Group A: Bambinos (in lanes 1-2), Overgliders (in lanes 3-6)
31 Oct - 7:30          Group B: Arnies (in lanes 1-3), Smooths, Swingers & Kicktastics (in lanes 4-6)
 
Please note the sessions you have been allocated to and make sure you bring along your fins, hand paddles and pull buoy to all of the sessions.  If you don’t own any of these yet, it will be worth getting on-line and ordering some toys as soon as you can.
 
Members of the Coaching Team will talk through the approach and principles we are adopting with some videos and to answer your questions at the first Saturday morning Oktoberfest event - 9am Saturday 26th Sept for the basics and Saturday 3rd October for detail and Q&A in the Pavilion - so please come along to get the full benefit from October’s sessions.
 
Martin

Upcoming Events

Sat Nov 25th 2017 - 6:30am-7:30am
Swim (All In) Session 1
King's Centre
Sat Nov 25th 2017 - 7:30am-8:30am
Swim (All In) Session 2
King's Centre
Sat Nov 25th 2017 - 7:45am-8:15am
Core Session
Sat Nov 25th 2017 - 9:00am-10:00am
Parkrun East Grinstead (free timed 5km run)
East Court College Lane East Grinstead
Wed Nov 29th 2017 - 7:15pm-8:30pm
Turbo
Pump House, Kings Centre
Sat Dec 2nd 2017 - 6:30am-7:30am
Swim (All In) Session 1
King's Centre
Sat Dec 2nd 2017 - 7:30am-8:30am
Swim (All In) Session 2
King's Centre
Sat Dec 2nd 2017 - 7:45am-8:15am
Core Session