The Hardships We Face

The Hardships We Face

I both run and swim year round. In the last year or so I’ve put a lot more emphasis on running, and felt the corresponding motivation for that activity. Back in April, after a week off from illness, I irritated my achilles tendon on the first (allegedly...
Amazing Things Can Happen In A Week

Amazing Things Can Happen In A Week

I would guess that the average number of practices a week for those reading this is three days a week. I know of some whose schedule permits less and some whose schedule permits more. When we add up the interruptions and challenges in our routines over the months, we...
Small Steps Toward A Longer Stroke

Small Steps Toward A Longer Stroke

This article continues from The Importance Of Making Small Steps… When I use the term ‘small steps’ I am referring specifically to taking incremental steps, or measured steps toward a goal where each step is appropriate to how far you can move...
The Importance Of Making Small Steps

The Importance Of Making Small Steps

In the previous article Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke? I described the difference between doing tricks to produce temporary adaptation – or we might call them, temporary boosts in some part of your performance – and doing the work over time...
Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke?

Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke?

When you are working on improving your stroke length (stroke count) or stroke rate (tempo) there are neural tricks you can perform to get your body to make a fairly quick improvement in a single practice. But, in many cases, those improvements hold up for only a few...
Moving From Novice To Expert – Part 3

Moving From Novice To Expert – Part 3

Continued from Part 2… I’ve mentioned before that my wife, Gail, is an ‘occupational therapist’. Occupational therapists, as they are called in the US, help people learn (or relearn) how to accomplish daily tasks that their damaged brain lost...