Category Archives: Swim

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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Swimming with Terry Laughlin, founder of Total Immersion

We enjoyed three days of quality swim coach training with the head coach and founder of Total Immersion Swimming, Terry Laughlin, this weekend. We were joined by Joe Novak, Jeff Utsch, and Patrick Brundage who swam at West Point, Univ … Continue reading

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Coach Rants: When an athlete says, “I want to go fast!”

Athletes who have worked with us over several seasons and have done their training as indicated, have usually enjoyed steady improvement and done so without injury. But when we sit down at the end of the year to plan for … Continue reading

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Catch vs Pull

When you open a door, you grab the knob and “pull.”  Your hand moves toward you and your elbow and shoulder slide backward in the process.  Swimmers who don’t anchor effectively, do the same thing in the water, slipping as … Continue reading

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Wildflower logistics and race strategy

Wildflower—a world renowned triathlon classic. Here are some points on logistics and race strategy for the long course event that you might find useful. Arrival/camping One of the things that makes the Wildflower experience unique is the camping. Yep, you … Continue reading

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Ironman Lecture Series 2013 schedule

In June, we will start our monthly Ironman lecture series for the ninth consecutive year. These lectures will be held on the first Monday (usually) of each month and will discuss in detail subjects pertaining to Ironman training and racing. Subjects will include training volumes, equipment … Continue reading

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The Serpentine Swim

When a pool swim is offered as the first leg of a triathlon, it is often billed as “perfect for beginners.” Other than the fact that you have the ability to hold on to the wall after each length, a … Continue reading

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Got Scissor Kick?

One of the most common technique errors I see in swimmers with the freestyle stroke is the use of a wide scissor kick instead of a compact flutter kick. Usually, the scissor kick is happening unknowingly, most often in conjunction … Continue reading

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