Phew! What a week. Spending six days with coaches eager to share ideas and learn was very uplifting. I am a bit overwhelmed with trying to put it all together. At Carmel Swim club they are beginning a journey of structuring their dryland training from 8 to 18. The challenge with the developmental age groups is to progressively improve physical literacy so that when they reach the senior level they have mastery of fundamental movements and no physical limitations.l It will be fun and challenging.
Michigan Women’s swimming is well down the functional path beginning the eighth year of following this paradigm. It was really cool yesterday morning getting input from their swimmers. That is what it is all about, they are the ones who actually live the program. It reminds me that coaching is not something we do to the athletes it is something we do with the athletes. Jim Richardson is a master at this.