Success with Stamina
Success with Stamina
A little blog about being a triathlon coach. Here you'll find a little diary about my activities as a coach, the performances of the people I work with and my thoughts and opinions on what makes athletes faster for longer.

Success is worth sharing

AndyBby AndyBFeb 9th 2010
Six year old to Andy ┬'can I swim have a length under water?┬' Andy to six year old ┬'I don┬'t know, can you? Let┬'s try!┬'

Here follows a short period of 6 yr old disappearing under water before spluttering to the surface about ┬╝ of the length of the pool and gasping ┬'I┬'ll never be able to swim to half way┬'.

So, what do we do?

Using some weighted sinking sticks a small trail is laid with a stick every metre or so. We decided the best strategy was to pick up a stick as far away as he could and immediately he goes two metres further, comes up with a big smile on his face knowing what he has done and thinking he can do more. So after a short rest he tries again and then again and gradually with the help of seeing the sticks in front of him and thinking he can reach the next one he manages to swim to half way. This leaves a very happy but tired child and the bonus of a happy parent!

The moral of the story? It goes back to eating an elephant (20/12/09). If a goal seems too big then plan smaller steps along the way. The accumulation of small steps will lead you to where you want to go.

Stick with it

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Justinsandersonby member: Justinsanderson, Mar 8th 2010 14:50
Hmmmm... Also reminds me of another couple of 'kids' you had to supervise doing an underwater fly kick contest in the Pyrenees last year where we went further and further and further to beat each other each go!!

Bisco won!! Grrrrrr!!!

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