Time Out of Water
July 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm #1735
Do you all have any tips for lessening the damage of time out of the water? I have an almost 14 year old who missed two weeks of training because of camps. He was injured in the second week and is out of the pool for a third week. We have one week to train for a meet and three weeks to prep for our LSC Championship. In traditional training, three weeks out of the water would have killed him. Can I expect it to be less of an impact because we have been doing USRPT for a few months? He has been running and doing some dryland workouts. My gut tells me to put him back in the water on the regular schedule that we have been keeping. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!July 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm #1736MSchuberParticipant
I do not know the scientific answer to your question, however I would think three weeks out of training is three weeks out of training regardless of training methods.
However, the reality is there is nothing you can do to change the three weeks, all you can do is prepare for the upcoming meets. So stop looking back. If he doesn’t do his best at the meets you have a pretty good reason to justify the results in order to conjure motivation for next season.
I would approach it like this…
You’ve worked really hard. Of course it’s not ideal that you have been out of the water, this just means we have to be more focused on technique. I would spend a bit more time getting technique back (or improving it) and then don’t ever mention the three weeks again. Move on and see what happens! Thirteen year-olds are pretty resilient.
I'm proud of what we've done, but I know 5, 10, 20 years from now I'll wonder what we'd done had we done it 'right'July 8, 2014 at 4:07 am #1738
Thanks! I have not verbalized it to him that way, but I will. We actually have a mini meet tomorrow. Your verbiage is encouraging. He has had a defeatist attitude. I think I will review some video and pick one technique from each race that I will be looking for tomorrow. We’ll make those things our “wins.”July 15, 2014 at 1:56 am #1745
He ended up swimming all best times at the mini meet, but only a few at the weekend long meet. I have also realized that we have been too focused on results. He had some good swims and executed some of the things we have been working on in practice. I think your verbiage really helped change his focus a little bit. Our summer league chamionship meet is this Saturday with our LSC Chamionships the following weekend. It is hard to believe this season is almost over! We are going to be more intentional about focusing on just swimming without getting so wrapped up in QTs and PBs.
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