BYOB: Master the Art of the Pull Buoy

The pull buoy—that funny little piece of foam you stick between your legs when swimming—is a common point of contention among triathletes. Have you ever been told that swimming with one is addictive and bad for your swim? I’ve heard this far too often, from both athletes and swim coaches. First, two important points. This…

Triathlon Swimming VS Pool Swimming

I was approached by one of our athletes after our swim training one night and he asked why we don’t technique work and kicking sets. While I welcome pure swimmers to my squad as an opportunity for them to get fit, these swimmers can be very experienced, and this day, this athlete suggested the rest…

Successful Swimming Part II: Body Awareness

This is the second installment of my successful swimming series in which I giving you my tips to make swimming more natural. Last time, I talked about how the frequency and consistency of your swim sets is one of the most important parts of making swimming seem like second nature. Just as important though is…

Why Swimming Year-Round Can Be Hazardous To Your A Race

Swimming holds a unique space in triathlon. It’s the shortest of all three distances on race day, yet it often holds the highest level of stress. From our perspective as coaches, swimming is also the most costly training activity you can engage in. For these reasons, we strongly recommend that you implement a swimming ban…

Top Tips on How to Become a Natural Swimmer

The most important skill a swimmer can develop is body awareness in the water. Swimming is not natural for humans. When we dive into a pool we lose all sense of coordination and balance. Moreover, we are asked “not to breath,” which goes against everything we have done since we came out of the womb.…

How to Train for a Triathlon Swim in 2 Hours A Week

Are you feeling overwhelmed with triathlon training? Want to prepare for a race in 12 weeks but having a hard time getting it all in with work and other obligations? For swimming, it's important that you get ultra-focused in your workouts. No going to the pool and swimming mindless laps. For those who are wanting…

Top 5 Triathlon Swimming Problems And What You Can Do About It

Let’s face it. An open water triathlon swim can be a bit uncomfortable. Whether it’s the large crowds of people pushing or elbowing on the beach or in the water for precious space, the physical adrenaline rush of the race start, or simply the fact that swimming is potentially the most “dangerous” part of a…

Swim Technique – Part 2

In my last article I talked about the process of developing a technique for optimal open-water swimming—here, I want to look at swim fitness and how we can build it. Swim fitness for triathlon is not about getting out of the water as fast as possible—though of course this is a major part of swim…

Swim Technique – Part 1

While the swim portion of the ironman may only represent 10 percent of the race, it does play a significant role in the outcome. The time taken to exit the water is just a fraction of the whole picture of performance— the state in which we exit the water and how much energy is expended…

Every Stroke Counts

Swimmers like to count, and as triathletes, we too are swimmers. We count yards and meters. We count seconds (and even tenths of seconds!). We count laps. And we also count strokes. Counting strokes is a bit mysterious to those new to and/or outside of swimming. Non-swimmers seem to be able to wrap their heads…

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