Dec
23

Tenerife Day Two

This entry is part 2 of 17 in the series Training Camp Tenerife

Our first day of training started with breakfast at 7 am. From there we went straight to the pool for two and a half our of swimming. It was mainly long and smooth stuff. We were really just warming up for the days to come. The water was a bit cold at first but as we were constantly moving this morning we managed to get warm after a few minutes for the rest of the workout. Although, the weather wasn’t that great (it was raining) the outside temperature was just about right with 20°C.

The thing we had to find out is that in Spain they don’t serve lunch at noon. So we were rather hungry when we finally got to have lunch at 1pm. But we’ll be better prepared with after workout snacks from now on.

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Dec
23

Tenerife Day One

This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Training Camp Tenerife

We left from Geneva airport early in the morning. Our first flight went from Geneva to Barcelona where we had an almost 3 hours layover before we took the next flight this time nonstop to Tenerife North. From there we had a bus ride of about an hour to the other end of the island to our hotel.

There was one funny thing that happened to us when we arrived at the baggage reclaim at the airport in Tenerife. In short didn’t find one single piece of luggage from all five of us. But funny enough we were near the belts for EU countries and Switzerland is still not part of the EU. So after waiting endless minutes and complaining about not having our luggage someone actually told us that they arrived save and sound and were waiting for on another belt.

Overall it was quite long day with all the traveling. And all we did this same evening after unpacking our stuff was to go and see the facilities we’ll be training the next two weeks. The facility is called “Tenerife Top Training” and pretty great. Check out their website for pictures and more information.

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Nov
17

Challenge Red-Fish 2009

On Saturday Nov 14th I swam during the morning session of the 2009 edition of the Challenge Red-Fish in Neuchâtel. As every year, this meet is for most Swiss athletes the last occasion to compete before Short Course National Championships at the end of the month.

I mainly entered this meet for two reasons. First, it was about time that I got some racing done and found my way back on the blocks. As much as I enjoyed my coaching stint this summer in the Florida Keys, I was looking forward to this moment. I still enjoy swimming a lot and racing is just a big part of it. Second, as many other Swiss athletes I needed to know where I stand to lay out my plans for what’s to come.

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Apr
29

L’édition 2009 du Meeting de Printemps a eu lieu le samedi 25 avril  à la piscine de Tivoli à Lancy. Ceci était la première compétition après les Championnats Suisse en grand bassin et les Championnats Suisses des Clubs. Bien qu’on avait fait une petite pause après ces deux échéances, nous n’avons pas perdu de temps pour reprendre le travail en dehors et dans l’eau.

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Apr
27

FKSC Summer of Coaching

This summer I’ll be heading to the Florida Keys once again.  Only this time, the main purpose for my visit won’t be my personal swimming but the swimming of the Florida Keys Swim Club athletes. I’m going to do some coaching along with Mark Hill, head coach of the FKSC.

My plane ticket is already booked and my flight is leaving on Sunday, June 14 from Zurich Airport. I’m looking forward to a great summer in the Keys and learning from Mark’s experiences and hopefully bring some of my personal experience to the team. If some of you are in the area, please let me know and we’ll try to meet up and have some fun.

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Apr
1

Swiss Team Championships were held on Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th at the Nid-du-Crô indoor pool in Neuchâtel. Our men’s team swam the NLA in the afternoon on both days.

Our team was composed of  Buchs Tristan, Comeche Daniel, Courtois Damien, Fornasari Lino, Künzi Aurélien, Massacand Jonathan,  Tschabuschnig Gregory, Tyriseva Yanouck, Waeber Dimitri and myself.

Lancy-Natation only competed in the NLA for the their third year and we all wanted to achieve something special this year. Our goal was to bring home a medal and we knew that 3rd place could be possible if everything would go for us at the meet.

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