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A Teen Swimmer's Guide to Nutrition

ARE YOU A TEENAGE SWIMMER? DO YOU STRUGGLE TO FIND HEALTHY FOODS TO SNACK ON? OR MAYBE YOU’RE STUCK FOR HEALTHY MEAL IDEAS? WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHAT FOODS ARE BEST TO EAT BEFORE AND AFTER TRAINING? OR MAYBE YOU JUST NEED SOME GENERAL NUTRITION ADVICE?

The following articles explains all these topics in detail, plus provides meal examples and easy recipe ideas. It also answers basic questions on swimming nutrition and will provide you with knowledge that can help you improve your times!

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2ND PLACE!!!

An awesome open water swim season couldn’t have finished off more perfectly! In extremely rough conditions I managed to grab 2nd place in my age group. There were four other girls from my club who competed in the 1.2km event and I managed to beat them all! It was surprising for me because they usually do beat me by a few minutes. [Glad to see the roles have finally been reversed ;)]

I also managed 66/199 out of all age groups & both genders. A massive improvement to previous times doing the swim, as I’ve come in the late 100s.

I do, however, have a long way to go until I’m able to swim a National open water time (for the 5km), but during the off-season I am seriously going to bust my ass in hope of making them next year. I’ll keep you updated with my progress :)

~ Dee

roseredandthebeast  asked:

Hi, Do you have any tips for motivation/self-belief before a race? Lately my motivation at practice hasn't been very good, but that's bc at my last few meets I just haven't been very confident about my times specifically, I have a 28 in my 50 free & really want to get down to a 27 by summer league championships (now only 2 weeks away!) but whenever I get ready to race I kind of go "how could I go a 27 that's too fast" & have actually gained a bit, going high 28s to low 29s instead. Any tips?

from what you’ve described it seems the only thing holding you back from achieving that time is yourself; you need to reinforce POSITIVE self-talk before races, so you don’t psych yourself out. little things like writing positive notes, or printing inspirational quotes or pictures and sticking them on your bedroom walls or bathroom mirror - somewhere you will often see them - really helps motivate some people. visualizing races/race plans is another method commonly used by swimmers to help them plan their races, down to the number of strokes they do and how fast to go per 25.

other than that, music is a great option. listen to it in martialling really gets people pumped up, or chilled and focused, depending on what type of person you are and how you best prepare for races.

remember, self-belief is the key to success. you can try every tip people give you, but unless you wholeheartedly believe in yourself nothing else you try will matter. you gotta think to yourself, “I GOT THIS, I CAN DO THIS” and believe it, in order for your body to produce the result your mind wants. <3

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I'm a teen swimmer as well and have heard the same thing from other swimmers my age with mixed feelings and experiences. I have shoulders problems and I'm currently doing Physical Therapy twice a week. Many swimmers experience the same problems, or so I've heard and I'm wondering if you've had any shoulder problems and\or you have any tips on how to stretch out well or any excersizes that really help. Thank you!

hey there i do have very serious shoulder problems and i do know of some awesome excersises. however, i really want to insist that as you’re already doing physical therapy you ask your physio to provide you with the excersises he/she thinks are best for you. sure, i could give you generalised advice but without knowing the exact issue (and not being a medical professional myself) the excersises i give you to do could cause more harm than good.