(perhaps even premeditated), and then, in a very wise voice, sed:
>Our USS and high school teams train in a 25 yard pool. Our coach argues that
>their development is being severely limited because the swimmers do not have
>access to 50 meter water. Some of the swimmers are quite talented and have
>AAAA times. I am curious as to others thoughts on this. Thanks.
I coach a USS team that trains exclusively in a 25 meter pool all year
round. To say that their development is severely limited is, in my
opinion, quite over-stated and melodramatic. Is it limiting to train
short course? Yes. Is it impossible to be become an excellent long
course swimmer training in a short course pool? Definitely not.
Great coaches and great swimmers excel no matter what their situation
is. If I remember a talk I heard by Mike Parratto (Jenny Thompson's
coach) correctly, they did not have any pool at all for the first 2
months of the season. Everything they did was dryland. When they did
get pool time, it was often shared with the women doing aqua-robics.
I just recently heard Scott Volkers (Suzy O'neil and Samantha Reilly's
coach) tell us of his training situation. His team is allowed one
lane of the pool during warm up, and three lanes for their main sets.
Find a way to make what you have work for you.
(Of course, it never hurts to look into alternatives as well. Are
ther *any* long course pools available? Maybe a nearby team would be
willing to share some space once in a while. When I was a competitive
swimmer, our team used a 20 yard pool in the summers. Our coach
managed to find a lake with two docks that were, I assume, 50 meters
apart. Quite grudgingly, we swam in that lake to get the long course
training. Where there's a will there's a way.)
There are many things you can do to develop the extra endurance
necessary for long course swimming. Swim 225's instead of 200's. Try
"no-wall" flip turns. Etc, etc. A year or so ago, Swimming Technique
published an article about this very topic. Maybe your coach can get
a reprint. Or, if not, and he is interested, I can send him a copy.
later. . . .
"YES! is the answer." --John Lennon