Cody Miller is the king of swim vlogging, and sits at the head of the table of a number of swimmers (Michael Andrew being a notable name) who have begun to post videos about their lives, their training, their diets, and a wide range of other topics, on their personal YouTube channels. What’s become most interesting is that these vlogs are also, apparently, reaching even non-swimming people, according to a recent post by Miller.
While the peak behind the curtain of some of the world’s greatest athletes is an immense value in-and-of itself, these vlogs also provide something for the news-hounds in the crowd: an occasional slip of a piece of information that gives important context to what we’re seeing at the meets.
Example: Cody Miller, in his latest video titled “TAPER PERFECTLY, the Formula,” indicated that at least 3 members off the Indiana training group are going to be rested for this weekend’s home stop of the Pro Swim Series in Bloomington. Besides Miller, Annie Lazor and Laura Worley, at least, join Miller on the “taper train” from the IU breaststroke group.
Lazor currently ranks 4th in the world in the 100 breaststroke and 6th in the world in the 200 breaststroke this season, which has been a huge breakout for her in long course, building off her short course World Championship in December. She’s already been lifetime best sin the 100 and 200 breaststrokes this season, meaning Morley is a former Bahamas National Record holder.
The timing of the mid-season test makes a lot of sense. Because the meet is being held in Bloomington, in their home pool, this provides a continuous, controllable block to line up for fast racing. The meet is also about 2-and-a-half months away from the Pan American Games, which is where all 3 swimmers have their summer focus (Lazor and Miller are on the US team, and while the Bahamas have not yet announced their roster, this is usually a big focus meet for them). That’s very similar timing to the December taper meet in a collegiate season on approach to conference championship season, so that’s a pattern that both athletes and coaches at Indiana will be well-versed in.
Miller explains the main set early in the video, which includes using pulleys with 100 pounds on them.
Watch Miller’s full vlog below: