Coach Retta competed in her first CrossFit competition over Labor Day weekend. Check out what I was able to connect from the experience to our traditional Masters swimming meets.
Please bring a t-shirt to practice this Saturday, September 1st. We'll be doing different DRAG-related exercises.
- Coach Retta
Be sure to bring a pair of socks to this Saturday's (08/25) practice. We'll be using them in practice and you won't want to miss out on the fun. :)
Unfortunately, the pool maintenance is taking longer than anticipated. As such, NKSM will NOT have practice tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14th.
Coach Retta will keep you posted on Thursday's practice, so look for update via email and here.
FYI, the scheduled pool maintenance is not yet complete, which means NKSM will NOT be having practice on Monday, August 13th. Stay tuned for more updates on this site and via email from Coach Retta.
REMINDER to all that Silverlake's indoor pool is CLOSED the entire week of August 6th. As such, we will NOT be having practice on Monday (08/06), Tuesday (08/07), Thursday, (08/09) or Saturday (08/11).
See you on Monday, August 13th!!
Folks at this morning's practice tried out straight arm recovery freestyle on the way down in a set of 10 x 50 and, for many, this was a totally new idea. Typically, swimmers bend their elbows on the recovery (the part of the stroke where your arm is out of the water) with a low hand. But, with straight arm recovery, your elbow is essentially locked from the time your hand exits the water.
Benefits of straight arm recovery include pulling more water and being able to have a faster turnover. However, being a windmill can take its toll in the form of increased drag and hitting exhaustion sooner.
Below is a good article that highlights the idea of straight arm recovery.
And, here is a video demonstrating the straight arm recovery.
Team - Take a look at this 'drill' posted by famed coach David Marsh of Team Elite and UC San Diego. With a partner holding your head, lengthen and strengthen your spine to keep a nice straight line all the way into your head. Your head then drives into the partner's hand. The idea is to then carry this feeling/technique over to regular swimming.
We'll be doing this on Saturday, so get ready! :)
Let's help our teammate, Marianne, recover from shoulder surgery with a nice big meal train! Thanks Scott B. for the awesome idea! See email from Coach Retta with details on how to sign-up to deliver a tasty dinner to Marianne and her husband during her immediate recovery.
We'll be thinking of you, Marianne!