TSS Aquatic is the leading age group swimming club in Australia. Operating out of The Southport School, our club comprises of approximately 250 members from both the TSS cohort and wider Gold Coast community.
TSS Aquatic caters for a wide variety of swimmers, both boys and girls from learn to swim through to an elite level. Our highly trained swimming coaches and superb swimmer to coach ratios allows every swimmer to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
Sleep and nutrition are critical factors if you want to recover from high intensity training and competition. One of the markers I ask Great White Sharks swimmers to record each day in their training log sheets is the amount of sleep they have. The aim is to have a minimum of 60 hours sleep each week which should be recorded over seven days. Ideally, you should try and get at least 8 hours sleep each evening then have a mega sleep on a Sunday evening and a mid-week evening. The mega sleep should be 9 - 10 hours, as I said on a Sunday evening which will have you start the week off well and then say a Wednesday evening which is half way through the training week. On occasion it may be necessary to increase this during heavy training periods and especially during periods where you may be experiencing growth spurts. I have found that the best form of recovery is sleep!
One of the big mistakes often made by swimmers is altering their sleep pattern over the weekend. Often swimmers will go to bed late on a Saturday evening and then sleep later into the morning. The problem this creates is that your body reacts very much in the same way as it does when you experience jet lag. Basically you put everything out of sync! Hence this is why you can feel even more exhausted when you eventually wake and start the day. You have the problem of getting back into the sleep routine for Monday morning. Quite frequently swimmers say to me they feel awful on a Monday morning. In my experience this is due to altering the body clock on the weekend and also being totally inactive during the weekend.
Some points to follow are: