A New Year, fresh season ahead and new goals on the horizon. It’s January and our squads have been overwhelmed with the number of enthusiastic swimmers looking to join our sessions. I’ve decided to feature a session each month to share some of the key areas we focus on in squad training during the year, starting with January.
After a break from swimming, particularly over the Christmas/ festive season our squad program launches into the new year with a key objective for all our swimmers – to re-establish ‘feel for the water’ in their individual stroke. This underwater propulsive stage of the freestyle stroke is often described as ‘mythical’. However with ongoing development in accessible high-definition footage, comparative video analysis and many examples of elite open water and pool swimmers, we can easily see and work with the key components of an effective, propulsive catch and pull underwater.
Each year it is evident from our swimmer feedback and progression observed and measured by us (as the coach), by establishing an effective catch and pull straight after the festive season, most of our swimmers and triathletes are usually not far off sustaining their Autumn CSS pace and speed, within a few weeks. Naturally this is partly due to the high residual fitness levels that triathletes and endurance swimmers have, so it is a helpful focus for them to gain confidence that they have not lost very much in terms of speed efficiency, if they can regain their feel for the water relatively quickly.
Here’s our January session of the month: click on the session to see full view!