Coach Michael will join the US National Team once again, this time in Scotland. The team travels to Glasgow in December for the 2013 edition of the Mutual of Omaha Duel In The Pool.
The meet, considered the Ryder Cup of swimming features an All Star lineup from Europe vs. a similar US team in competition over 2 days. Competition begins on December 20th and will be televised on December 22nd on NBC.
LFSC alum Conor Dwyer has been named to the US team following his outstanding performances at the World Championships last summer in Barcelona.
Follow the news for Team USA at www.usa-swimming.org.
Worth watching, worth thinking about, worth remembering.
At the USA Swimming Golden Goggles event in mid-November Coach Michael was confirmed as the new Chair of the International Relations Committee. The committee is a direct report to the President of USA Swimming and is responsible for overseeing matters of protocol and strategy for USA Swimming in the global arena.
"I look forward to the challenges this new position presents," said Coach Michael following the announcement, "and am deeply honored to be trusted to plan and develop the agenda for expanding the influence of USA Swimming in the swimming world."
Coach Michael stepped off the Board of Directors in September after 13 years of service on the Board. During that time he spear headed several major initiatives for USA Swimming including the Club Excellence program, Athlete Partnership Agreement, two re-writes of organizational ByLaws and the development of online membership registration.
During his tenure (1999-2012) as the longest serving elected member of the Board he served as a Zone Director, Program Development VP and Chair of the Olympic International Operations Committee. He has also served on the Rules Committee, Club Development, Camps, Age Group and Senior Committees.
All athletes have a pre-competition routine. Good athletes have a routine that contributes to a positive result while lesser athletes often have a routine that is nothing more than checking the results on the scoreboard after the race. Which are you?
Your pre-race routine starts during warm-up. Do not waste warm-up time or understand its importance on your race results. Everything you do in warm-up should be intended to prepare for your events that day. Think about what you are doing, what you are swimming today? 400 IM? maybe a little more kicking, especially fly and breaststroke. Trying to make a cut in freestyle? maybe a little extra attention to the catch is in order today. 200 back? better check my walls at speed. Don't waste your warm-up.
Know your events. Check the entry before the meet. At minimum you should check your events during check in. There is NO EXCUSE FOR NOT KNOWING YOUR EVENTS FOR THE DAY.
Know, or at least predict, the timing and timeline. Is you event at 10:20am or 10:40am? How much recovery time between events? What is your strategy for recovery and re-setting yourself for the next event? There is NO EXCUSE FOR BEING SURPRISED BY THE TIMELINE.
30 minutes prior to your event
Championship meet -- re-check the timeline, light stretching and calisthenics, bathroom, check equipment, grab everything you need behind the blocks, water
Non-Championship meet -- re-check the timeline, water
20 minutes prior to your event
Championship meet -- pre-race talk with your coach, report to the Call Room, water
Non-Championship meet -- re-check the timeline, light stretching and calisthenics, bathroom, check equipment, grab everything you need behind the blocks, water
10 minutes prior to your event
Championship meet -- you are probably in the Call Room, light stretching and calisthenics if needed, re-check equipment. THIS IS YOUR LAST PRE-RACE PREP TIME!!! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TALK TO ANYONE IN THE READY ROOM . . . just get ready. Water.
Non-Championship meet -- pre-race talk with your coach, report to the blocks, water
Over time you will find certain things work better for you than other things but the only way to learn these things is by establishing and practicing a routine over and over and over again. And again. And again.
That's what a routine is. Over and over and over. Again.
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