Category Archives: Swim

13th Annual Ironman Lecture Series

It’s that time of year again! On June 15th, we’ll be starting our monthly Ironman lecture series for the 13th consecutive year. These lectures will be held on the first or second Wednesday (usually) of each month and will discuss … Continue reading






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Ironman/Long Course Racing Lecture Series – 2016

It’s that time of year again! In June, we will be starting our monthly Ironman lecture series for the 13th consecutive year. These lectures will be held on the first or second Wednesday (usually) of each month and will discuss … Continue reading






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Ocean Swimming in Triathlon

Ocean swimming in triathlon can be intimidating, sure, but learning a few tricks and knowing what to expect in an ocean environment can help turn the experience into something not so bad. In fact, it can even be–dare I say–wonderful. A … Continue reading






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A Kicking Quandary

Many triathletes believe they need a strong kick in swimming—that very fast, always-on kick. You know, that thing you do when coaches yell at you to “kick hard!” “Kick hard!” they say. “Kick hard!” So you do. You grab your … Continue reading






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20 Calming Techniques for Open Water Swimming

We would probably trade our first born for an open water swim that looked like this. Some swimmers actually get to experience conditions these, the ones leading the race, like an Andy Potts or a Lars Jorgenson, once they’ve broken … Continue reading






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The Recovery Phase of the Swim Stroke is Exactly That

It’s easy to get bogged down in the technicalities associated with executing a proper swim stroke recovery and forget the guiding principle behind it. And that is . . . wait for it . . . to recover. From the … Continue reading






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Should swimming hard look hard?

Swimmers are a hard lot. We enter the pool at 5:30 in the morning, swim massive yards—swim them hard—and then do it again in the afternoon. We do it day after day. No easy sets. No extra rest. All pain. All guts. No … Continue reading






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Triathlete Psychology 101: Managing Inflated Race Expectations

First, a few “technical” definitions: The clunker race – a dramatic under-performance based on capabilities predicted from training The mean race – a performance at or near, just above or below, a level that training indicates The breakthrough race – … Continue reading






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2-count vs 3-count breathing

“Do I need to swim with 3-count, or bilateral, breathing?” No. I’m surprised how many swimmers believe they MUST take three strokes between breaths. It’s just not true. A 2-count breathing pattern is perfectly acceptable. 2-count breathing means taking two … Continue reading






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“Sync” swim

This video was taken during our coach training with Terry Laughlin, head coach and founder of Total Immersion swimming. We almost got this in sync! Sync Swim – Side






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