Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Looks like a nice weekend ahead - hope you're doing something nice!
I just wanted to write and inform you that as you may have seen in the
Post, the Western Suburbs Weekly and in this weekend's West
Australian, it is looking very likely that the Claremont Pool will be
closing in June for 5-6 months for full refurbishment prior to the
start of next summer. It is not 100% clear that this will be agreed
upon by the council, but we will know for sure after the 13th April.
It may equally be that they postpone until next year, but we will know
I have only just found out about this myself in the last week and am
not totally in the know about the plans for the new centre, but what I
do know is that this should provide a well needed face lift to the
But now to the crunch...
...the prospect of a 5-6 month pool closure for our squad (as you can
imagine) has been quite worriesome for me. However, I have been
speaking with an alternative pool very close by which is looking very
promising as a venue to host us over this period. Phew! I'm not
counting my chickens just yet but I have put in a proposal for some
additional lane space and also some additional weekly sessions, which
(if they come off) will be of great benefit to the squad. For those of
you who train with us at 930am and have small pre-school children,
you'll be pleased to know there is also a great crèche facility which
you'll be able to use.
So all up, I am trying to see this as a good oppurtunity rather than
something which threatens the whole program - so like me, I'm asking
you not to panic please!
As soon as I know anything further I'll let you know.
I do hope that you'll all be keen to continue with the squad if we are
forced to relocate and that you're pumped for some of the new ideas
and sessions we have instore for you!
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Just a quick thank you to all of those of you who volunteered your time on Sunday for some filming in Challenge Stadium's awesome outdoor 8 lane pool (above). This filming is part of a new project that we (Swim Smooth) are collating which will help swimmers and coaches around the world define and determine what they need to do to help correct their strokes and improve their efficiency. It's a super interesting project and we can't wait to share more details with you once all the filming has been completed.
We still have another round of filming to complete this Sunday (21/3) between 9am and 5pm. Please check your details against the list at:
...we have specifically highlighted the strokes of John Harris, Julie Ponthier and Jane Davis whom we'd very much like to film if you guys were able to attend at 2.30pm? No worries if not, but it'd be a great help for us if you'd be keen.
Every swimmer will receive an edited copy of their footage on DVD for free at the end of the month.
You might also be keen to see this short, humorous series of stills looped as a movie file that we put together showing the set-up of our rig. It takes us ~1h30 to do so, but don't panic, this condenses it down to 55 seconds! 10 points for anyone who can correctly identify the theme tune from which famous British Comedy show of the 60s, 70s & 80s:
OK, so onto training then this week:
Wednesday: 5.30am and 9.30am (25m pool) swim sessions as normal at Claremont Pool
Thursday: 6/6.15pm run session at the north car park of Lake Monger. Session will be 16 x 500m this week on the hilly course.
Friday: 5.30am, 6.30am and 9.30am (25m pool) swim sessions as normal at Claremont Pool
Saturday: 1st official Brick session of 2010!! Please RSVP for this session!! We need to know how many people plan to attend. Cost will be $20 or 2 strikes on your PAYG card. All athletes will receive a detailed breakdown of their splits for the 1000m swim + 70km ride + 10km run session. Meet in the car park at Cottesloe Beach at 6.10am for a 6.30am in-the-water start. Please note the Sculptures By The Sea is still running this weekend, so it may be a bit busy down there!
Saturday: 1pm squad swim at Claremont Pool - loads of fun!!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
- Thanks to those of you who have enquired about being a part of our new filming project this Sunday and next. Please find the schedule of filming at http://www.theteamcore.com/images/Swim_Filming.pdf Please confirm your places. We still have a couple of spots available next Sunday (21st March), so please don't miss this great opportunity to be part of a super-innovative program that we are devising - I think you'll all really like it once it's released! The way it will work is that we've allocated each 45 minute window to 4 swimmers. We have a series of ~4 angles to film for each swimmer, but will run through each swimmer at angle # 1 first, then switch everyone to angle # 2 etc etc. This way there should be minimal waiting around and we will aim to run through everyone as smoothly as possible, but will request your patience. I'll set up a bit of an optional swim workout for those who would like the option of doing some swimming after their allotted spot. Please bring a couple of towels and some warm clothing.
- There has been minimal interest this year in the Rottnest Boot Camp which is understandable given that a large majority missed out on gaining a place for the event. As such we will not run the camp this year but will continue to run our structured Brick Sessions as per the original plan on Saturdays 20/3, 10/4 & 17/4. This also allows me to spend some quality time with my Dad on his "surprise" late-notice visit, so I thank you in advance if you were thinking of this (as I know some were)!
- Please remember 9.30am swimmers, that this Friday 12th March we will be running our session at Cottesloe Beach, not at the Claremont Pool. This is due to two large Carnivals taking place there. Please don't be put off by coming down! We'll meet on the grass bank in front of the pylon and do some really fun open water skills and drills which I hope you'll all really enjoy! Don't forget "Sculptures by the Sea" (my absolute favourite art festival) is also on at the beach, so what better excuse to come down and kill two birds with one stone!
- Training over the next few days looks like this: Thursday 6/6.15pm running at Lake Monger (tonight is a quality 4k, 3k, 2k, 1k run set - ideal for you HIM runners!); Friday 5.30am and 6.30am sessions as normal, but 9.30am session is at Cottesloe Beach (as explained above); Saturday 6.30am should be a 3h30 ride (suggestion is a hillier route this week to break the monotony from last week's Freeway ride) followed by a 45 mins run off the bike OR 7.30am swim at Trigg Beach (4-6km for those keen) AND/OR 1.00pm squad swim at Claremont Pool - pop along, its lots of fun!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
- Thursday - run session at 6/6.15pm on the north side of Lake Monger - come on down if you can!
- Friday - all sessions as normal (5.30am, 6.30am and 9.30am) - Fresh & Fruity!
- Saturday - 1pm pool squad swim session will be with guest coach Shelley Taylor-Smith this week - please attend if you can. Myself and Adam will be away down south shooting a wedding. Recommendation is for the HIM crew to do a 3h30 ride down the freeway bike path followed by a 30 to 45 mins run off the bike (depending upon how your fitness is progressing!). Recommended meeting point = Dodgy Digital Dunnies at 6am. For those who prefer an ocean swim, recommendation is a Cottesloe to Grant St. and back swim at 7.30am.
- Sunday - BRW Triathlon for those doing it.
- Monday - both the 7am and 9.30am sessions will be run by guest coach Nicola Holmes today - both will be very technique focused and in the 50m pool, so get along if you can.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Also, if you've been thinking of coming along to a Saturday swim session at 1pm and have wondered why it's just such a cool, fun session...check out these video clips - perfect for your open water and triathlon swimming preparation: