There comes a time in every swimmers life when you just can’t get any faster. It’s like you are in a slump. You went years and years where you constantly dropped time, and now you are at a standstill. You either can no longer touch your fastest times, or you’re just at them. You are still training the same as always, but for some reason you can’t go. Sometimes, when you get into a slump you need to make some changes.
- What are you eating? The food that you eat fuels your body. It allows you to have the energy to swim. As you get older, you aren’t able to eat the kinds of foods and the amounts that you used to. Even though you are a swimmer and you burn thousands of calories a day, it’s important you are eating the right foods. Eating right can help you towards your time improvements.
- Maybe it’s a time to change teams. You may need some more competition on your team. Changing teams will allow you to train with other swimmers who will push you just a little bit harder. Moving to a new team will also allow you to have a different style of coaching. Different training may be just what you need. A different coach may have different ideas for you. He may see you as a distance swimmer and not a sprinter or vice versa.
- Try swim camps. There are all kinds of technique, stroke, and race camps that you could try. Camps will allow other coaches to help you and give you tips on new things to try for your training. Maybe a full-on coaching switch (see above) is too far, but just a little renewed focused can be enough to get you back on track.
- It could be time to switch events. Maybe you were a super fast sprinter back in the day because you were tall for your age, but since then you haven’t grown. Maybe it’s time to step away from the sprints and go to middle distance. Focusing on a new event or stroke could be beneficial for you. It will allow you to broaden your horizon and become a more versatile swimmer.
- Cross-training. Trying something other than swimming could be helpful for training in the pool. Cross-training will be helpful with conditioning. Other forms of training can help you with being explosive, having balance, and developing speed. It will emphasize strength and flexibility more than cardiovascular effort. Examples include running, yoga, strength training, and weights.