Thursday, April 24, 2014

Busselton Family Holiday House now available for the half ironman due to late cancellation!

Busselton Family Holiday House now available for the half ironman due to late cancellation!
 
Lisa Palmer from the squad has just had some guests from Singapore cancel their Busselton Half Iroman booking at her holiday house in Bussleton.
 
Its free for 10 days from Tues 29th April to Thurs 8th May and she can do the following super special prices:
  • 2 nights $590
  • 3 nights $725
  • 4 nights $850
  • 5 nights $950
  • 6 nights $1,050
  • 7 nights $1,125
  • 8 nights $1,200
 
It sleeps 12 in 7 beds (5 doubles and 2 singles) plus there is a steel craft sonnet portacot and boori matildas cradle for use by families. There are two bathrooms.
 
Address is 300 Marine Terrace which is part of the bike course and only one street back from the ocean -  so perfect for viewing whilst maintaining toilet options for your support crew ;)
 
Details are www.stayz.com.au/23471 but please email Lisa direct at lisa.palmer@iinet.net.au if you are interested or give Lisa a call on 0402 284 158
 
Cheers

Paul



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Last Minute Wetsuit Bargain Grab Before Busso!!!


Dear Swimmers

Please be advised that we have 13 wetsuits available for purchase ranging in size from Small (ladies) to Large (gents) and from "brand-new-still-in-the-box" to "ex-demos" and "extremely-well-loved" suits in various states of repair to suit your height / weight and budget requirements!

The suits will be available to try tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd April) from 7.30am to 8am and Friday (25th April) from 8.40am to 9.10am at Claremont Pool. The prices stated are open for some very small negotiation, but please respect the fact that these are already excellent offers and if you need a suit in a rush before the Busselton Half Ironman or simply want to take advantage of these excellent offers for next season, then these will make a perfect buy! 

Be quick! I will be offering these on a strictly first-come, best-dressed basis with no lay-bys - if you're interested in a particular suit, please let me know by return email, but you will need to be at the pool at the times stated above and/or arrange pre-payment to secure the suit(s). 

Here are the details (plus approximate height / weight fitting guides):

1. HUUB Archimedes 3:5 Size: SMT (will suit 5'8" to 6'0" and 72-80kg). Average condition. A few superficial nicks, most of them repaired. $250.


2. Orca 3.8 Size: 8 (will suit 5'10" to 6'1" and 74-82kg) Good condition. Relatively old suit. $195. 


3. Blue Seventy Helix. Size: Large (will suit 6'0" to 6'4" and 88-98kg). Used only once. $449.


4. Blue Seventy Axis. Size: Medium Large (will suit 5'11" to 6'3" and 84-94kg). Used only once. $349. 


5. HUUB Archimedes 3:5. Prototype. Size: Large (will suit 5'11" to 6'3" and 82-92kg). Reasonable condition. $150. 


6. HUUB Aegis 3:5. Size: Medium / Tall (will suit 5'11" to 6'2" and 78-88kg). Brand new (still boxed). $325.


7. HUUB Archimedes 3:5. Size: Medium / Large (will suit 5'11" to 6'3" and 82-90kg). Brand new (still boxed). $699.


8. FOOR Quantum 2. Good condition. Size: Medium / Tall (will suit 5'10" to 6'1" and 74-80kg). Couple of nicks (repaired). $195. 


9. Blue Seventy Axis. Size: Size: SMT (will suit 5'8" to 6'0" and 72-80kg). Good condition but one hole in need of repair on right shoulder. $195. 


10. HUUB Archimedes 4:4. Size: SMT (will suit 5'8" to 6'0" and 72-80kg). Seen a lot of action with some deep scratches in left shoulder, hence just $95. 


11. HUUB Women's Aura 3:3. Size: Small (will suit 5'3" to 5'8" and 58-64kg). Used three times. $349. 


12. Snugg Slipstream. Size: Small / Medium (will suit 5'6" to 5'9" and 60-66kg). Well used, hence just $120. 


13. Blue Seventy Helix. Size: Women's Medium (will suit 5'3" to 5'8" and 54-60kg). Very good condition. $295. 



Cheers

Paul



Thursday, April 17, 2014

A big day for Swim Smooth! Our new App is ready for downloading! Plus ANZAC Day Allocations!

Dear Swimmers

Firstly, thanks to those of you who applied earlier in the week for the special ANZAC Day Squad at 7am to 8.30am next Friday, 25th April at the Claremont Pool. We have allocated the following positions and probably have ~5 extra spaces remaining - but please be quick! Email me now and stipulate your lane request. Thanks!


Secondly, it's a massively important day for us today as we officially launch our very first fully-functional App! Check it out here: https://twitter.com/swimsmooth/status/456506819780038656 - download your copy today and when the new Swim Smooth silicon swim caps (complete with new, funked up logo) arrive to celebrate the "birth" of our brand new swim box at at Claremont Pool on the 30th April, show me the App on your iPhone or iPad and get a free cap! Can't say fairer than that!!


Enjoy! Have a great Easter!

Paul



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A reminder about the Easter Mini-Break and ANZAC Day

Dear Swimmers

Great to see most of you back down at the pool this last couple of days now that I'm back to normality with Mish returning home on Sunday. Thanks for all your lovely messages of support - Mish's brother seems to be doing really well and it was great for her to go and see him and support him through his third round of chemotherapy.

Easter:

Just a quick reminder then that given the various pool closures this weekend for the Easter Break, as normal, we will be cancelling the following sessions on the following days:

  • all sessions on Friday 18th April
  • all sessions on Saturday 19th April
  • all sessions on Monday 21st April

…from speaking with many of you it seems that half of Perth's population will be down south anyway this weekend, which is exactly where we're headed to as well - Augusta for 3 nights camping - should be fun!

ANZAC Day:

Finally, on Friday 25th April the pool will not open until 7am due to ANZAC Day. As such, the 5.30am and 6.30am squads will be unable to run as normal, though the 9.30am session will still go ahead as per a normal week.

To make up for these "lost" sessions, we are offering up to 10 places in each of the 4 lanes for a special 7am to 8.30am squad session. This is your chance to come and have a crack at a solid 1.5hr session of up to ~6km (for lane 4, lane 3 will likely do 5.5km, lanes 1 & 2 ~5km). The idea will be for the session to be a bit of a cross between a Wednesday 5.30am Endurance session and the Friday 5.30/6.30am Threshold session, so it will be a solid challenge, but hopefully a fun one at that - something to lift you out of your comfort zone and if you've never had the chance to try the Wednesday 5.30am session yet, this should be a nice little taster!!

To "apply" please respond to this email ASAP, with your name, current threshold pace and / or the normal lane in which you swim and in which session, i.e. Joe Bloggs, 1:22/100m, Lane 4, Friday 5.30am. First come / best dressed and all that. Anyone currently swimming with the squad can apply (i.e. if you normally swim at 9.30am but fancied this challenge, please just apply and cross your fingers for a spot!).

I will notify you of who was lucky to get a spot on Thursday 17th April at 3pm.

Given that some of you will no doubt take the opportunity to have a bit of an extended break between Easter and ANZAC Day I am anticipating a slightly quiet week next week - so if that's you, have fun, enjoy and see you post-ANZAC Day where we will truly get back into the swing of things! Can't wait to get that routine going again.

Cheers

Paul



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

121 Video Analysis Session Availability with Super Sally Scaffidi!


Dear Swimmers

As most of you are well aware, last year Coach Sally Scaffidi who has been taking the majority of my squad sessions in my recent absences became an officially certified Swim Smooth Coach - whoop, whoop! You can read more about that here:


We are super proud of all Sally has achieved in such a relatively short space of time with her video analysis and stroke correction work and I can personally vouch for just how great her abilities are in this regard. Setting up the certified coaches program was a daunting thing to do initially as anyone with their own business will sympathise that you're always a little concerned about how another person might relay your philosophy and methodology as you have done for so many years. However, I have the pleasure in having personally tutored Sally through her entire certification process and continue to assist with ongoing mentoring. Needless to say, a session with Sally is nothing short of a session with myself and - without blowing my own horn too much in this discipline of swim coaching - I don't think there's any better compliment I can give than that. All the advice you will receive from Sally will be totally concurrent with what I would tell you. 

I am personally fully booked until mid-August and whilst I am still accepting bookings, Sally's wait period is much less simply by virtue of the fact that she's still establishing her business.

Full details of Sally's sessions can be found at:


She works the following spots at Claremont Pool:

Monday to Wednesday  (11am and 12.30pm)
Thursday  (9am and 10.30am)
Saturday (2.30pm)

Cost is $175 for the 75 minute consultation.

This will be the best opportunity you get this winter to hone your swimming technique - don't delay, book a spot in today by contacting Sally direct on sally@sscoaching.com.au

Cheers

Paul



Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday 4th April 9.30am beach session - CANCELLED! Also, Easter & ANZAC Day Notes...

Dear Swimmers

Well done to those of you who came down for the two 9.30am sessions this week on Wednesday and Friday - they were supposed to be in the 25m pool but both school carnivals were cancelled at the last moment and as such we were in the 50m pool as normal - yay! For those of you who came, you deserve a big pat on the back and a great big thank you from me as you came with the full acceptance that you'd be in the 25m pool, not your favoured 50m. You rolled with the punches, took the session for what it was, and as per the excellent feedback from last Wednesday's 25m session, really excelled and enjoyed yourself! Thank you. 

In any of part of the world, the 25m pool at Claremont Pool would simply be "world class" and super popular, but I do feel that we're a little spoiled over here with all the 50m pools available at our beck and call. One of the great things about the 25m pool is that for CSS type training with the beeper, there's absolutely no guestimation about whether you're exactly at the 25m marker or not, it's obvious of course. Another plus side is that you'll be ~1.5 seconds per 100m faster than in the 50m pool, which is always an encouraging thing! As it happens 3 out of the 6 supposed 25m sessions actually went ahead in the 50m pool, so it's always worth giving it a try - who knows what you might learn and enjoy as a bit of variety.

Anyway, enough about that - we have had definitive confirmation that the one remaining carnival which clashes with next Friday 4th April's 9.30am session will definitely proceed. We have been allocated a beach session for this session, however, given the relatively low interest at the session on Friday 7th March and little interest this week in this session, we have elected to cancel the session but instead encourage you to try the session below in your own time and perhaps at a different pool. I hope this helps:


Barring this session we are full steam ahead now, with no more disruptions other than Easter and ANZAC day on the horizon:

Good Friday 18th April - all sessions CANCELLED
Easter Saturday 19th April - all sessions CANCELLED
Easter Monday 21st April - all sessions CANCELLED
ANZAC Day Friday 25th April - the pool opens at 7am, so we have booked 4 lanes from 7am to 8.30am for an extended special session (applications will be sent out for this in the next 10 days) and will also have 3 lanes at 9.30am to 10.30am as well - I hope you can join us!

Thanks everyone - just a final reminder that you will only see me at the 9.30am sessions for the next 2 weeks. Coaches Sandy, Sally, Brad and Cyndy (the “Awesome Foursome”) will take my other sessions whilst Michelle is visiting her sick brother in Canada during this period. Thanks once again for all your lovely well wishes and messages of support - they were very much appreciated.

Paul

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hi Honey, I'm home!

Dear Swimmers

Well, I hope you've had a brilliant couple of weeks in my absence - if you didn't catch what I've been up to in the UK, you can read more about that here: http://www.feelforthewater.com/2014/03/photo-video-highlights-from-triathlon.html and a little more below, demonstrating what the last week or so has entailed.

Thanks to the coaches who've stood in for me - Sally, Sandy, Brad and Cyndy - you guys have been simply brilliant and I am so proud to have you as an integral part of the team!

Firstly though, I have a little bit of bad news I'm afraid. Just before I left for the UK we found out that Michelle's younger brother has been diagnosed with cancer and has immediately started a course of chemotherapy. My initial stay in the UK was going to be 5 weeks, but given this news we curtailed it to 2.5 weeks, with Adam and Annie stepping up for me for two more major presentations we were due to do next weekend. He's such a great guy and only 38 years old with two kids the same age as ours. It's really quite sad and confronting and understandably Mish wants to go home and visit him in Vancouver, Canada to show morale support and assist with his day-2-day care in the short-term. His diagnosis has improved a lot since we first found out about it (B-cell lymphoma), but even still Mish wants to of course do everything she can to support him at this tough time. She will be leaving for Canada late on Friday 28th March and arrive home early on Sunday 13th April. 

This does have repercussions for you all in the squad as (given that we have no family support ourselves over here - just some bloody awesome friends though it has to be said!), I will be stepping back down again from the early morning squad sessions in order to take Jackson to school (5 days/wk) and Isla to daycare (2 days/wk - Monday & Wednesday) and simply be there for my family in this time of need. I do hope you will all understand - it's not a decision we've taken lightly given how I've already been away in the UK for other coaching purposes this month.

As such, I plan to be there for Monday & Wednesday 9.30am squad sessions (as per usual) and for the Friday 11th April 9.30am squad session - one of the other coaches (TBC) will take the Friday 4th April 9.30am session down at Cottesloe Beach as originally prescribed (and yes, thank god, we're nearly through the whole 25m/50m pool and beach shuffle on these sessions - thanks so much for your patience and support here, the coaches have told me you've done great considering!). I will be shifting all my 1-2-1 sessions to after the 9.30am squads and before school pick-up. 

So for this 2 week period starting, Monday 31st March, we will have a similar coaching roster to what you've just experienced in my absence, with one full week (next week) entirely back to normal with me at the helm on each session. Clear as mud? I thought so! It feels a little like that myself!

The main point is that I hope you can support us in this period with your attendance and I do appreciate and recognise the fact that this brings with it a little bit of an unsettled period where I had originally promised consistency and stability. In 12 years of living and coaching in Perth I've been fortunate enough that even without any extended family here, I've never once had to make adjustments to my coaching schedule for anything out of the blue like this due in no small part to Mish's brilliance as a mother - but in this scenario my family has to come first and I will do everything I can possible to make that up for you once we're all back to normal following Easter. Sound OK?

Alright, so briefly then the last week and a bit in the UK went really well. We did another Triathlon Show in Manchester and again had two major presentations to deliver, some Endless Pool coaching sessions with Zoggs UK and also chance to meet and greet literally thousands of our Swim Smooth followers - it was great!

Then, just last weekend we were in Loughborough delivering one of our 3-day Coach Education Courses to 14 international coaches whom we had previously selected from over 100 suitably-qualified applicants for the course. On the final day we had 14 swimmers come in to join those 14 coaches which gave the coaches immediate hands-on experience of working with our methods and recognising how to use our Swim Types system to it's utmost best. I felt it was the best course we have ever delivered and to end on more of a cheery-note, here we all are "jazz-hands" at the ready (minus Arnar from Iceland who had to fly home early) - see you in 30 minutes down on pool deck! Friday 5.30am squad beckons (jet-lagged to the max!):