I had the opportunity to spend the past week in Columbus, Ohio, at the Senior National Championship meet for USA Swimming. While there, I got to watch Ryan Lochte, both in and out of the water.
There’s a story that Glenn Mills likes to tell, and that I never tire of hearing. It’s a true story about something very ordinary — two quarters — that produced something very extra-ordinary. Glenn is way too modest when he tells this story, and leaves out a lot of things about himself, so he has graciously allowed me to tell the full version. I hope it inspires you.
Stroke count, stroke length, and glide are important in swimming, but the overriding KING of efficient swimming is rhythm. One of the best tools for developing a sense of rhythm is the Tempo Trainer by Finis. Here’s an introduction to this tiny but effective device, plus a practice set to get you started. In the next few weeks, we’ll publish additional Tempo Trainer practice sets for each of the four strokes.