We spent a very interesting weekend in Roseville at the Summer Sanders Senior meet. This is a trials and finals meet early in the long course season. We say “early” since our high school season ended in mid-May. California high school swimmers have the shortest long course season in the entire world…maybe 7 to 9 weeks before the end of season shave meet.
We had our team race in the prelims in regular training suits and if they swam fast enough to get a finals swim they could then “suit up”. And those that did so swam VERY fast in the evening.
On the third and final day, Sunday, we let all who wanted to do so, put on their suits for the prelims so they could actually have a shot at a final swim. Most took us up on the opportunity. Several didn’t and actually made the top 27 (3 finals in a 9 lane pool). Those that did suit up swam fast enough to get a second swim.
In the finals of the 100 free we had lights out races and times from every single swimmer – 4 girls and 5 guys. Of course there were lots of smiles and rightfully so. They competed well and swam very fast. We took no rest for this meet and yet swam super. How did that happen, we ask ourselves?
Certainly the suits make a more streamlined, compact body. But there is no shave and no rest, so how come the times drop dramatically? It seems to us that the suit gives the swimmer “permission” to swim fast. They have a higher level of “positive expectation” that the result will be a “good” one so they “go for it”.
A Ha…a positive expectation leads to an anticipated (dare we say “guaranteed”) positive outcome (time). If this is true…and we submit that if not totally true it is at the very least mostly true…then the real question is: “How do we get the swimmer to “put on the suit” every darn time they race?” without putting on the actual suit?
Tonight in workout we posed this question and asked them to imagine they had a suit on when we did a set of fast 50’s. We had some fast swims and we could see a few brains working on the concept…and that is all we really ask. Work on the concept, daily, weekly, monthly until you figure it out.
When you figure it out, you will be light years ahead of the rest of the population.
In our opinion…