October 31, 2017 at 8:23 pm #14208chuciferParticipant
Welcome to the Preseason period of the 2017-2018 season of the Masters Swim Program of the DC Tri Club. This period will extend until the end of December and is designed to provide a targeted emphasis on technique, building a base of fitness, and on learning new tools and skills to help you achieve your goals.
During this period of time coaches will be guiding you through weekly workouts that will contain details and points to focus on so that when January comes, you will be both mentally and physically ready to tackle the challenges ahead. If you have any questions regarding the workouts and how to execute them, please ask a coach. If there is something that is bothering you with your technique, please also do not hesitate to ask a coach. This is the time to focus on all those aspects of swimming that we ignore when we are deep into the race season.
As this is the period to focus on technique, we are recommending swimmers bring the following as workouts will be written with these tools in mind:
While the equipment cages have plenty of Pull Buoys and some paddles and bands for general use, we do not have enough for everyone to use at the same time. To simplify choices, we have created a SwimOutlet.com team page for you to pick and choose recommended equipment and specific suggestions for each tool are given at the end of this email.
Further, to facilitate your return to the pool for this upcoming season, we have implemented a 55$/month Unlimited Offseason Membership for the months of November and December. With this membership, you may swim at both AM and PM sessions with no restriction on the number of sessions you attend per month. This is a savings of 20$ a month from the regular unlimited membership and as the season progresses, the monthly prices will only go up. To purchase this pass, go to the DC Tri Club website, go to the Programs tab, then select the Purchase Passes option under Masters Swim Program. The Offseason plan will be under the Monthly Plans section.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email us or leave a comment or hop on over to our Facebook page and leave a comment there!
See you at the pool!
DC Tri Club Masters Swim Program Coaches
-Snorkels are a great tool to help with self observation of one’s pull and body position. Further, they provide a swimmer with the ability to feel a more streamlined version of their stroke as the head turn to breathe has been removed. We recommend a swimmer’s snorkel that is worn at the center of the forehead.
-Paddles are an essential tool to help build power and to encourage the swimmer’s hands to be positioned properly through all parts of the catch, pull, and recovery. We generally recommend small paddles for beginner swimmers and medium sized paddles for advanced swimmers or for swimmers with larger hands. If you are in doubt, size down.
-Resistance Cords are an excellent dryland exercise and warm up tool that you can use to build power and practice proper pull motions without a pool. However, using these is not a substitute for swimming. We recommend light resistance cords for beginner and intermediate swimmers and medium resistance cords for advanced swimmers.