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GARRETT WEBER-GALE: AtHLetIC FooDIe™
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AT THE RIGHT TIME
By Garrett Weber-Gale
veryone wants the work they’ve laid down all season to come out
at exactly the right time – the championship meet, sectionals,
zones, nationals or Olympic Trials.
There’s no better feeling than realizing a dream you’ve worked so
hard for. Often there seems to be a big mystery at figuring out the
right equation to swim fast, but there doesn’t need to be.
My dad always tells me, “trust your training, trust your coach,
and trust your stroke.”
My guess is you have been working hard. I’ve met a select few
athletes who are in a sport and don’t want to be very successful at it,
and I’m sure you’re not one of those. Yes, the end of the season will
bring its own set of nerves. You may be wondering how fast you can
actually go, or will your taper take full form and lead you to greatness.
Here are a few of my tips to performing at your best when the
Help someone else.
We work hard for a reason. We choose to swim for a particular
coach because we believe he can help us get to where we want
to go. Hopefully you’ve been continuously working on your stroke
so that you can not only be efficient, but powerful. These three key
concepts should give you a lot of confidence in the potential of
swimming very fast at your meet.
It’s easy to get caught up in your own swimming when the big
meets come around. Try to be a positive influence on your
teammates. Tell people they look good in the water when they do.
Make sure to congratulate others when they swim fast, and get excited
to support those around you. Not only will this positive energy help
foster an environment around you for fast swimming, but it will make
you feel good – and feeling good means fast swimming.
think about the game plan you want to execute before race day.
You’ve swum your race before the big meet, probably dozens
and dozens of times before. Talk with your coach about the best
way for you to swim your race. Imagine swimming this perfect
race when you go to bed at night. Think about how the race is going
to feel, at what point you’re going to really have to drop the hammer,
and about the sharp execution you will make on all of the finer points
during the race. Get confident in your race before you even do it, and
that comes from understanding exactly what you aim to do.
You might be heading to a meet you’ve never been to before.
Hopefully you’re getting ready to swim faster than ever before. Know
that what you’ve done leading up to these moments, your positive
attitude during them, and your focus to carry out the plan which
you’ve set in place, will all lead to great swimming. Get excited, happy,
and ready to take charge of your championship meets this season.
Read more from Garrett at athleticfoodie.com
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013
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Table of Contents
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength & Conditioning
Keys to Success
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes
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