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STARTING BLOCKS GARRETT WEBER-GALE: AtHLetIC FooDIe™ CLIVE ROSE/GETTY IMAGES SUCCESS AT THE RIGHT TIME By Garrett Weber-Gale e 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. 1 My dad always tells me, “trust your training, trust your coach, and trust your stroke.” 2 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 time comes: 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. 3 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 24 SPLASH • March/April 2013 http://www.athleticfoodie.com

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Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Training With
Keys to Success
Your Photo
Athletic Foodie
Book Reviews
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Interactive
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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