This is a nice letter written by Juhos Gergely, former Finswimming World Champion, about the trip to Zagreb for the Finswimming Stage taken in the last week end of September. Le’t have a cool read and enjoy it!
*Visiting Diving Club Geronimo, in Zagreb*.
I got an unrefusable invitation from my close friend, Rubes Levada. This Italian guy, who lives in Zagreb, trains and manage a young Finswimming Club called “Geronimo”. He offered me a deal: visit them, show some technical excercises to improve the swimmers’ technic, and in exchange he shared with me his psichological and mental training theory.
I picked the last weekend of September. When I arrived on Saturday morning we immediately went to the pool. The swimmers were in groups and my task was to show them a swimming technique more efficient than what they used before. The swimmers were enthusiastic and I realized they soon learnt the new technique.
I wondered how they can make quality job when they often use only one lane. I’m used to train at the same time swimmers on different levels, and here it’s almost impossible. In my club we have the same problem, where I have to manage parallel swimmers on three different levels, but our advantage is that we have three lanes for it. Hard work, believe me! After the 2-hours training session we had lunch and Rubes shared with me his trainig theories. It’s so impressive the way he determinated points about what is necessary to improve in a swimmer, like physical and psichological fields. He’s got a well structured lesson which clearly explains this subject. After the “brainstorming” 🙂 We visited the old town of Zagreb and had an excellent dinner.
Next day in the early afternoon I said goodbye to Croatia with many ideas in my mind. My opinion is that this kind of meetings may be very useful for both trainers and help the swimmers to reach their objectives. I hope it was useful for Rubes like for Me…
Written by Gergely Juhos