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Cold Water Panic

Recently a Tri-athlete friend of mine told me of her bad experience that now has her a bit panicked when swimming in cold water. Water in the 50s and 60s is commonplace for triathlons and it can lead to bad experiences for many even if you are wearing a wet suit. Here is what can…

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What’s in my gear bag

I carry two bags to the pool every day. My “swim” bag and my “gear bag”.  In last week’s post I gave you a peak into my swim bag. This week I will look into my gear bag must haves. I hope these peaks into my bags help you be prepared for your trips to…

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What’s in my swim bag

I carry two bags to the pool every day. My “swim” bag and my “gear bag”.  In today’s post I will discuss my swim bag necessities and next week will address my gear bag must haves. I hope these peaks into my bags help you be prepared for your trips to the pool. Swim suit: …

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Job One of Swimming Freestyle

  The first skill to work on to improve your freestyle is not your pull or breathing, but your body alignment. Don’t swim with your head up, that is to say your head tilted enough to allow you to see the line on the bottom of the pool in front of you.  Instead, keep your…

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Over Rolling the Neck

This is part two in a three-part series on common mistakes in freestyle. This installment will focus on over rolling the neck to breathe. Many swimmers over roll from the neck to look towards the ceiling when they breathe. This extra roll from the neck often can create timing issues as the neck takes too…

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High Head Position in Freestyle

In this first of a three-part series we will look at the most basic errors of swimming freestyle. Today looks at what happens when you hold your head high. It is instinctive to want to see where you are going. Mother nature has ensured that those who did not watch where they were going did…

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Kicking with Fins

I recently read a nice little article on not feeling guilty for kicking with fins.  It is not that I disagree with the author, he mentioned benefits from making you work harder to fun, to mention just two of his benefits for kicking with fins. It’s just that I feel like I need to pick…

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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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Choosing and Using Paddles

Paddles are a great training tool. For those of you unfamiliar with paddles, they are hard plastic extensions that increase the surface area of your hand. Paddles provide multiple benefits, not least of which is the extra workload they put on the muscles while you are swimming to increase strength. Another major benefit is the…

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Swimsuit Fit for the Ladies

I am frequently asked by women about bathing suits. I don’t know if it is because the moon is aligned with Mars or it’s high tide, but for some reason the number of women asking me about getting a suit that fits better or just differently has tripled. So, gentleman readers, I am going to…

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