Growing up, my coach talked mechanics each and every day. Feeling the water, maintaining a high elbow, setting a rhythm, strategizing a set, using drills to improve technique imperfections -- all in a day's work. Our coach gave us personal one-on-one attention and feedback, no matter what our ability level. And if he told you to do something, you better believe he was watching to see if you did it correctly -- and he would tell you if you did or didn't. He also knew our times. He paid attention to our times and gave us goal times to hit. (When you think someone is watching, I guarantee you will find that extra power.) We used strategies like descending, negative splitting, building, pacing, and utilizing different kinds of aerobic threshold sets -- and we knew there was a big plan at work for each season culminating at certain meets. I remember him coming up behind the blocks one time when I was about to swim the 1500 and saying, "you are the most prepared swimmer here today." I believed him.