Do What Works For You (?)

Do What Works For You (?)

“Just do what works for you.” I have heard some version of this phrase spoken or written by coaches or pundits many times, in many different sports. It can be alarming to me because:  I doubt the average (citizen) athlete understands the context of...
Focus On Small, Specific Pieces

Focus On Small, Specific Pieces

We are continuing from Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 in this discussion of the features of Ericsson’s Deliberate Practice concept. We will look at the importance of focusing training upon small, specific pieces of skill. I am referring to Chapter 4 “The...
TI Weighs In On Ledecky

TI Weighs In On Ledecky

Like wasps prowling a picnic, many coaches are weighing in on Katie Ledecky after her stunning sweep of all 200, 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle events at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Why not TI? In this article in Outside Magazine are some observations...

Awareness Gap

There is a common experience swimmers may run into after a workshop in particular – I might call it the ‘Awareness Gap’. Here is the scenario: A swimmer who has been practicing TI on his own comes to a workshop with a list of things he wants to work...