Go with the Flow: Finding the Right Butterfly Stroke to Finish the Race

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Physiological Training Markers

Purposeful actions manage best intentions. Each butterfly stroke can be more painful than the last if you ignore what is needed for each race.

And nobody starts training to get worse at what they do. So it’s important to not only plan for success but to also evaluate how training is progressing. Heart rate is the simplest way.

Good coaches learn over time to use heart rate information and custom workout parameters to measure efficiency for training periodization and/or a singular performance. Great coaches share specific personalized information with their athletes about specific race strategy.

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Periodisation Chart to attempt to understand, stress, and observe influential training markers

Race Strategy Connects Heart

The 3rd 50 of the 200 is the most difficult. Good swimmers are willing to go on the last 50. Great butterfliers make their ‘move’ on the 3rd 50. Over time an inherent connection, or feel, is developed that allows swimmers to manage their pace in the midst of chaos. This noble rhythm simultaneously creates comfort in the moment and requires dedication to the challenges ahead.

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It’s all Mental until you Swim Uphill

Passion lets swimmers believe and coaches motivate. While experience teaches everyone. So when an Olympic coach tells swimmers and coaches that a pool was built on a slope so the athletes can swim downhill many won’t question the sentiment.

But others will realize that swimming ‘downhill’ means our butterfly stroke must at some point be going ‘uphill’. The capacity to recognize opportunity and balance it with hard work is the cornerstone of finding flow in our swimming.