Cradled between G.I. Joe and The Smurfs was a Saturday-morning television show called The Snorks. I didn’t realize it at the time, but The Snorks shaped my personality at an early age. This was back when you had to turn the knob on the TV to change the channel, and way before computer animation.

In response to a recent thread called “Boring Practices” on our discussion forum, we thought it would be helpful to re-publish a Go Swim classic, by Dave Denniston.

Test Set #3

Ever wonder how fast you’re likely to go at your next race? Or how fast you’re CAPABLE of going? Of course, it’s always nice to get a SURPRISE when you look at the scoreboard at the end of a race, but you want those to be GOOD surprises, not BAD ones. That’s where TEST SETS come in. Here’s a test set that Dave Denniston used to do at Auburn.

Dear Friends, Swimmers, Family, Acquaintances, Well-Wishers, Parents, Coaches, Pets and anyone else who has contacted me in the last week,

Little Guys

I’m currently giving back to swimming by coaching the pre-competition group for the NOVAs. Twice a week I work with these kids, and I love every minute of it. I have every personality in the water that anyone could imagine — from the ones who don’t stop asking questions and telling me stories, to the ones who (I’m pretty certain) pray every day that I don’t show up. Here is the biggest thing that I’ve learned thus far:

Dave’s Pump-Up Mix

Ever since the days when it became possible to record your favorite songs onto cassette tapes, the Pump-Up Mix has been a vital part of my swim bag for competition. Sure, times have changed, and my Sony Walkman has been rendered completely useless, as has the Milli-Vanilli/ Michael Jackson mix that once twirled on its double audio prongs. Now, we burn CDs…and when those become obsolete, we’ll all just program a Pump-Up Mix folder into our iPods.

Who really wants to work harder? I mean, sure, you do have to work hard to get rewards. But who wants to? Then again, who wants to swim faster? I do. Everyone I know does. But is there only one way to get faster? Is working harder and putting in more yardage the absolute answer to speed? Nope. While you do have to do those things, I’ve put together ten ways to get faster without working any harder. It’s every swimmer’s dream. Here’s Idea #10.

EASY SPEED – Drag Suit

Who really wants to work harder? I mean, sure, you do have to work hard to get rewards. But who wants to? Then again, who wants to swim faster? I do. Everyone I know does. But is there only one way to get faster? Is working harder and putting in more yardage the absolute answer to speed? Nope. While you do have to do those things, I’ve put together ten ways to get faster without working any harder. It’s every swimmer’s dream. Here’s Idea #9.

Who really wants to work harder? I mean, sure, you do have to work hard to get rewards. But who wants to? Then again, who wants to swim faster? I do. Everyone I know does. But is there only one way to get faster? Is working harder and putting in more yardage the absolute answer to speed? Nope. While you do have to do those things, I’ve put together ten ways to get faster without working any harder. It’s every swimmers dream. Here’s Idea #8.

Easy Speed – Snack Time

Who really wants to work harder? I mean, sure, you do have to work hard to get rewards. But who wants to? Then again, who wants to swim faster? I do. Everyone I know does. But is there only one way to get faster? Is working harder and putting in more yardage the absolute answer to speed? Nope. While you do have to do those things, I’ve put together ten ways to get faster without working any harder. It’s every swimmers dream. Here’s Idea #7.