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How to Get Faster in the Water

“How do I get faster in the water?” As a triathlon coach, I am asked about how to make improvements in swimming more than any of the three disciplines that make up triathlon. I imagine this is the case because so many triathletes come to the sport having had little or no swimming experience prior to their quest to be triathletes. Adding to this is the fact that swimming is considered by some to be a finesse-type sport, where everything about the movement of one’s body through the water effects the result.

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 making sure that you practice the proper technique during those sessions.

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 in the winter and focus your swim training within the final 20-26 weeks leading up to your “A” race.

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. Consequently, swimming, except for a rare few of us, is not second nature and feels unnatural. The key to swimming well therefore is to make it natural, but how? Over the next three weeks I am going to be giving you my top tips on how to become a natural swimmer.

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 to get more out of less time spent training, here are 5 tips to put into action that will help you cut time off your training- and off your overall race:

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 triathlon, swimming problems are something every triathlete has to deal with.

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 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 during the swim is critical to the overall performance at the end of the day.

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.

Return on Investment Series, Part II: The Swim

In Part I of this series we introduced you to the concept of using “Return on Investment” to make decisions on how you invest your limited resources of time, headspace, Spousal Approval Units, and money towards triathlon training. These constraints are simply part of being an Age Group triathlete.

To help you navigate your own particular circumstances effectively, we recommend you continually ask yourself these three questions:

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