New Hardware and First Attempt at Coaching

When I got home from work, I was surprised to hear that I had a package.  I hadn't ordered anything for a while and couldn't think of what it could be.  I was excited to see that it was the trophy for the Josh Green Loop Virtual Open Water Swim that my friend Gords put together!  The trophy is awesome and I'm glad that I get to keep it for a while until someone breaks the record.  I'm actually a little disappointed that no one has tried to break the record yet, I'll be happy to hand the trophy over to a faster swimmer!

Tonight was my first attempt at coaching.  I have always liked helping people with swimming and I really enjoy putting on open water clinics.  I love working with newbie open water swimmers.  So when my friends Kate and Rachel asked me to give them some tips and look at their strokes before Slam the Dam in a couple weeks, I was super excited to do it!

It was a bit of a scramble to find a pool, but in the end Kate came through.  We had been planning on using an outdoor pool in Draper until it stated raining.  Kate got us in at the Mount Jordan Middle School pool and it was great!  We were the only ones there!

I had them warm up while I watched them swim and took some video.  I tried to take notes on the different parts of their strokes and note the good things they did as well as the things that needed improvement.  We talked for a while about different parts of the stroke, did a few drills and talked about some open water specific skills.  I tried to answer their questions as best I could.  I wish we would have had a little more time that I could have gotten in the water to take some underwater video.  Maybe next time.  I really had a lot of fun and was humbled that they would ask me for help.  I hope it was worth their time!

1 comment:

Rachel Wagner. said...

It was great! Thanks so much. I hope we can do it again and that next time I will be at full strength.