Archive for October 2017

Lactic Acid and the Multi-event/Multi-day meet

Many swimmers work very hard all year, paying the price to improve.  They deal with sore muscles, the tired body, going to bed early and fighting off falling asleep at work or school.  They want to see the payoff at their season’s big meet. Then after a great taper, they head off to the competition…

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Warm downs, why I don’t want you to skip them

I could simply tell you the appropriate and true items about muscles and lactic acid, I’m not going to.  Instead I’m going to tell you a story: My dad, a swimmer from the pre-World War II era, competed in the first Master Nationals back when I was a kid.  He swam against swimmers like Johnny…

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Kickboards, why I never use one

Kickboards have been around the sport of swimming for a very long time.  They are a staple in most competitive team workouts.  In my workouts, both age groups and master’s workout you won’t see a kickboard anywhere.  Kickboards create two primary issues: Sitting with your arms stretched out across the board creates a bad body…

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Warming Up in Cold Water

Fall has arrived for most of us that means lake and ocean temperatures are falling. For most triathletes that means it is time to take the wetsuit out of the closet.  For those of us who are competitive open water swimmers, wetsuits are not legal in races.  I have seen race water temps get into…

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Going around Buoys in Open Water Races

If you are an open water competitor or triathlete please read this post about swimming around buoys during races. All of us who compete in open water know how the crowd will tighten up around the turn buoys. As we swim the course people naturally spread out, but as the group approaches the turn everyone…

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