Archive for March 2018

Tapering and the Distance Swimmer

As a distance swimmer you can only effectively taper so many times in a year. As a collegiate swimmer I could only do a full taper twice a year, once at the end of short course season (March), and once at the end of long course season (August). Too often athletes try to taper or…

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Swimming and the Water Bottle

Let me ask you a question, do you run with water? Do you bike with water?  I know you said yes. When I coach my beginner triathlon group, I ask them these questions during our first work out each year. Virtually everyone is nodding their head yes as I ask these two questions. I point…

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Using Your Arms Off the Start

Too often these days I see swimmers, at the start of a race, reach down and grab the block only to just let go at the beep. Unless you’re a penguin who have arms(wings) that are too short arms need to be used to help propel you forward. To make best use of your arms…

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The Secrets of Choosing Goggles

Stopping to fix goggles is a common problem in workouts. Swimmers who don’t have years of experience often struggle to select the best goggles for a comfortable fit. Today I will address the major factors which impact the fit of your goggles. First, let me admit that I have a prejudice against oversize, mask like…

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