“My expectations were met and exceeded”
Af: Anna Birkbak
Landstræner Dean Boles evaluerer European Tour, de to stævner, svømmernes præstationer og udbyttet af minitræningslejren.
Flanders Cup i Belgien, træningslejr på fire dage, Euro Meet i Luxembourg. Great Danes- og Vikings-holdet har i den grad haft mulighed for at kickstarte langbanesæsonen, og med rammerne til netop dette lykkedes det da også danskerne at hive to bronze- og en guldmedalje hjem individuelt, samt et sæt sølvmedaljer i en mixholdkap til de to stævner.
SvømmeSport har talt med landstræner Dean Boles, der er ovenud tilfreds med udbyttet af touren:
- I was very satisfied with the tour – in many ways my expectations were met and exceeded. The swimmers were great – receptive, quite in tune and very eager to learn to be better. Great job by Jon Langberg and Stig Michaelsen – each of us had a role to play as it was an intensive time demanding camp.
Generelt har lejren været præget af en høj træningsmængde, hvor læringen var i centrum, selv på stævnedagene:
- We were at the pool twice, had strength sessions as well as class reviews. The volume of training was maintained over the 10 days with the range being between 4.5km on a single practice day and 10km daily on a double even on race days. In my mind, the benefit of the compete-train-compete model is that "there is no better form of training than racing". And we see this from the Antwerp meet into the Luxembourg meet. In between we had a chance to spend a bit more time debriefing the racing from Antwerp and utilize Christian Hartz from Team Denmark with video feedback and analysis. We were able to use some very good skill learning material on starts and turns, have the swimmers see themselves and could give feedback and actually score their skills.
Boles er også fint tilfreds med de to stævner, danskerne deltog ved. I mange tilfælde var der både tale om sæsonbedste tider eller endda personlige rekorder:
- Both meets proved to be of a high enough quality with world class performers in most events. We had two individual medals being Magnus’ 50 back gold and Emilie’s 100 fly bronze. We pulled relay swims together as well. The swimmers did move their performances forward into Luxembourg with improved times, some in season bests and a few personal bests – another important factor was the opportunity to try some new race strategies or just focus on the race skills and the idea of 'process' rather than just the outcome.
Det er landstrænerens håb, at man næste år kan vende tilbage til de fornemme faciliteter, især Luxembourg tilbød truppen. Med et helt nyt konkurrencebassin i Belgien var kvaliteten i top:
- I hope we can look to this type of project again next season or even as a way of doing things in the future – Antwerp just opened their new national training centre next to the competition pool – this 6 lane pool is dedicated to high performance with the best Belgium club and NTC exclusive use, but we did receive an invitation to do our camp there and with the ease of the video set up already in place. The Luxembourg meet showed what a high performance event should be like with a well orchestrated delivery, from a knowledgeable engaging announcer to a podium/stage and lights to exhibit and pay tribute to the podium finishers.
Så med en vellykket lejr i bagagen gør det ikke noget, at man ikke er på Bermuda i øjeblikket:
- All in all, perhaps not an exotic warm weather camp but definitely a performance focused project with purpose and the foundation – the key is to continue work on the little details in the coming months.
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