I have to imagine it’s going to be tough to put down my thoughts on this subject without sounding like an angry old man who talks about how it used to be.
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.