Good Evening Bebe, Gary Jr., Gary Sr. and the rest of the race club team.
I just wanted to give you and update on Dalton’s swimming this year. He has set 3 school records and he is the first swimmer from Elkhorn to set a pool record which he did tonight in the 100 fly. I have to say that is do to a lot of hard work and the training he got from Gary Sr. when he taught Dalton how to side breath on his fly. All of our pool records are held by Division 1 schools and we are a Division 2 so this was a great accomplishment on Dalton’s part.
Please tell everyone that we say hey from Wisconsin and we are looking forward to a great year from Dalton. He has qualified to swim in the TYR meet in California and he is really close to Jr. National Times we will keep you updated.
The Andersons in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
We believe that Thunderbolt and Liquid Oxygen did help Amy’s performance this past short course season. She was consistently taking less breaths in her freestyle races and able to finish stronger than usual. She plans to continue taking them.
Hey, could you tell Coach Hall that Henry really loved camp, and he wears his Race Club cap to every practice. He also got a PB in the 50 free at a meet two weeks ago. Knocked a full second off.
I hope this finds you well! I just wanted to give you a quick update regarding Amy. She swam her first Jr National cut this past weekend in the 100 yd Breast – 1:04.71. It was interesting to note that one of her comments after her swim was that, “Gary Sr. said I would go a 1:02 and I think I can do it!”… she wasn’t so sure when he made that statement in June! She also swam a bonus qualifying time for the 50 Free … 24.44. She was aiming for the Q time of 24.09 and Coley said she had it after her turn but then she made a mistake on her breathing … but she has another chance in two weeks. Also, she is only 2 secs off her bonus cut in the 200 Breast … I think she’s beginning to figure out how to swim that now (i.e. not swimming like a bat out of hell on the first 100 and then dying horribly on the last 50!), and she seems to be getting stronger by the day. She will also swim in the medley relay so she will have a few splashes in Austin … we’re all very excited!
The rains have started here now and we’ll be in for a long, grey, wet winter… I miss that Florida sunshine.
Love to all,
Thank you so much for another great time at The Race Club. G&S had a very successful camp and lots of fun while doing it. Thank you also for arranging the boat trip. We had such a wonderful time with your Dad. He’s such a great guide and showed us so many fantastic fish both big and small! What a beautiful reef – I could have stayed all day. Please tell him we say thank you again for being such a gracious host. You’re lucky to have such a great Dad!
Take care and we all look forward to returning to The Race Club soon!
My arms knifed through the water and I could feel my hips rotate and drive with my freestyle kick toward the wall. When I touched the wall, I looked up and the sun shone brightly on my head and shoulders. The water was warm, just right, I thought- as I eased my body lower to get ready to push-off the wall for the final 50 meters in the set. The coach nodded encouragingly and said, “I like your elbows and your pull – make sure you rotate your body to provide more power.”
Gary Hall runs a program called The Race Club in Islamorada, Florida, just a few miles from Key Largo in the Florida Keys. It is a training camp for swimmers of all ages. But what is unusual about it is not only its elite and honored staff, but its core foundation and principles-based training.
Gary has been an Olympian in 3 Olympics – and has 3 medals and an untold list of experiences to show for it. His son has also been in 3 Olympics – they are the only father-son combination in history to have participated in 3 different Olympics each. He has 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls. Read more
The Race Club Family,
Thank you for the tremendous opportunity that you’ve created for swimmers of all ages and backgrounds to train with The Race Club. We truly enjoyed our week in the Keys and the opportunity for our daughter to spend time with world-class athletes and coaches. We decided to bring Nadia to train with you because the values and mission you shared with us for The Race Club aligned with our family values and the type of coaching we wanted our daughter to be influenced by. As non-swimmers we were not clear whether she had the talent needed to pursue her dreams but we knew a week at The Race Club would definitely challenge her swimming abilities and her desire, will and confidence. While we were excited about her opportunity, we were a little nervous since she was only nine, and not sure how she would respond. We were amazed with her response.
For starters, you provided us with a “profile” form to gauge our expectations and we independently accumulated feedback from Nadia and her coach and then provided our own insights into our daughter. You arranged all of our accommodations and training schedule and then you picked us up, to the delight of both Liliana and Nadia in the van. Their time with you was great. Read more
Lately, I was asked two questions. One of them was easy to answer because someone asked me the same question not too long ago. The other one was kind of hard to answer on the spot, so I took some time to think about it the next day at breakfast.
Let me start with the question which was part of the table discussion the night I was invited to dinner by Gary Sr.:
“What can we do to make the camper’s (swimmer’s) experience even better?”
No answer that night, so I hope Gary Sr. will be reading this to finally get one. We figured out that I’ve been in the Keys quite a few times and that’s maybe why he thought I had an answer ready. Read more
Can it get any better than this? Try to imagine the following – You’ve been back in the Keys for about 12 hours and after a first short swim in the morning you’re already out there on the sea to chase some lobster for dinner.
There is only one way to start this diary entry. Let me officially announce that the World Team has a new favorite TV channel – the high definition spear fishing channel.
Sounds weird? I guess it sure does! But what do you expect from a bunch of swimmers of which, after my knowledge, most would answer the following question with a YES.
“Would you like to be a professional spear fisherman and/or lobster hunter?” Read more
Yeah…me again. So if you’re tired reading my diary entries you should stop right away.
Because I started this entry a long time ago and never really came to an end and so it got a bit long. Ever since I started to write after my last visit in February, I started to feed this entry with all the stuff (interesting or not) that came to my mind.
Yes, I assume, I sort of “abuse” the platform I’m given, but maybe you like it? And if not, STOP reading further.
Ok, let me start with a quote I found by chance and couldn’t stop thinking about for a long time. The truth of it lies as much in the words as in the metaphor that it produced for me.
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
-Vidal Sassoon, hairstylist Read more