Head position in freestyle swimming debate – TSC Podcast #82

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On this podcast, I talk about proper head position in freestyle swimming for triathlon. References: Swim smooth article on head postion: http://www.feelforthewater.com/2012/04/choosing-right-head-position-for-you.html Video with Brenton Ford on Head Position: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYL9UKahAMc The Triathlon Swimming Essentials: http://triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swimming/ Please help us out with a rating & review on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tri-swim-coach-triathlon-swimming/id306454334?mt=2 http://triswimcoach.com/podcast/TSC82_.mp3Podcast: DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

The Vasa Trainer

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Recently, I was able to try out the Vasa Swim Ergometer. Vasa trainers are a type of swim bench on which you lie down and stroke like you would in water; it operates and feels very much like a rowing machine except instead of sitting you lie down and instead of a bar that you […]

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The 3 Focus Points for Perfect Swim Form – TSC Podcast #81

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Coach Kevin and coach Chris cover the 3 focus points for perfect swim form, from the blog post:  http://www.triswimcoach.com/the-tsc-three-focus-points-perfect-form/ We cover: 1. Head position 2. Hand entry and position 3. Elbow position Tri Swim Pro membership: Join Tri Swim Pro Please help us out with a rating & review on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tri-swim-coach-triathlon-swimming/id306454334?mt=2 http://triswimcoach.com/podcast/The3FocusPointsforPerfectSwimForm.mp3Podcast: DownloadSubscribe: iTunes […]

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Wetsuit Q&A

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Every year around this time, we at TSC receive a deluge of questions about wetsuits, so I want to spend this week tackling the most common ones: Q: Do I have to buy a wetsuit: A: Ultimately no. For short races like sprint triathlons that happen in pools or typically warm water races like Eagleman […]

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Triathlon Race Prep

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Triathlon Race Prep Triathlon racing season is here! With Ironman Melbourne, Abu Dhabi, Wildflower, and Oceanside 70.3 all scheduled to occur in the coming weeks, chances are your race is right around the corner. Before each race season, I like to do a few things to get my mind, body, and gear ready so that […]

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The Latest in Triathlon Swimming – TSC Podcast #79

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Coaches Kevin & Chris discuss the latest in triathlon swimming. We cover: -Mexico -Tri Swim Coach Latin American expansion -iTunes review -Swimming concepts advancing/Total Immersion -Focusing on “The Glide”, hip rotation, pull, high elbow catch -Minutia (Strokes per minute? Distance per stroke?) What’s important? -Michael Phelps -Using tennis balls in the water Tri Swim Pro […]

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Beyond Training With Ben Greenfield – TSC Podcast #78

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Kevin interviews Ben Greenfield on his upcoming book, Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health, and Life. We cover: -Training zones for health & performance -Lactate threshold in training and swimming specifically -High intensity training -The importance of mobility -Calories and triathletes -Carbohydrates and triathletes -Pre-workout, and pre-race snacks -Doing triathlons and “having a life” References: Reserve […]

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Kick Sets

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Hey TSC crew, I am asked frequently whether triathletes and swimmers should include kick sets during the workout. My answer is always Yes*. I put an asterisk there because there are several rules that you have to follow: Skip the fins or you use short fins: The correct type of fins, like the Finis Zoomers, […]

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Think Yourself to Better Swim Form

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Proper Swim form is tough. It requires exterior analysis (i.e. videotaped performance) and vigilant awareness of where your body is in the water. Unless you are already an experienced swimmer who has developed his/her swim stroke over the course of their lifetime, then it is very easy to slip back into old inefficient stroke patterns. […]

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Interview with Ron Saetermoe – TSC Podcast #76

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Coach Kevin talks to US 55-59 age group#1-ranked triathlete Ron Saetermoe. We discussed: -Training for Ironmans -Keys to success -Training week -Ironman Kona -Heart rate training -Ironman recovery -Injury prevention -Ironman Arizona -Stretching References: Tri Swim Pro membership: http://triswimpro.com Ironman website Honu 70.3 race Triathica website: http://triathica.com Please help us out with a rating & […]

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Triathlon Swim Tips: Arm Extension & Pull

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[leadplayer_vid id=”52C7141E6B622″] Coaches Kevin & Chris discuss the proper freestyle pull for triathlon swimming. Transcript: Kevin: Hi! It’s Coach Kevin at triswimcoach.com and I’m here with Assistant Coach, Chris Hay, and we’re going to talk today about arm extension and pull in the water when it comes to freestyle for triathlon. And so, this is […]

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Off-Season Interview with Chris Hague – TSC Podcast #74

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In this podcast, I have a chat with Tri Swim Coach assistant Chris Hague. We cover: -Las Vegas 70.3 Championships -Unexpected occurrences -Cloudy, disgusting water -Age and triathlon -Football -Cycling in the rain/wet pavement -Hydrating in various conditions -Exercise-induced asthma -Recovery with Enduro Packs -21 Day Challenge –Tri Swim Coach iPhone App (please give us a […]

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SKINS Compression tights:

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Compression gear seems to be all the rage today in almost every sport. Everyone from triathletes to ultra runners to football players seem to be wearing some sort of compression clothing before, during, and after their event or practice and for good reason. Compression clothing has been shown to warm up muscles before practice, prevent […]

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Las Vegas 70.3 and Tri Challenges – TSC Podcast #73

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In this podcast, I have a chat with Tri Swim Coach assistant Chris Hague. We cover: -Las Vegas 70.3 Championships -Unexpected occurrences -Cloudy, disgusting water -Age and triathlon -Football -Cycling in the rain/wet pavement -Hydrating in various conditions -Exercise-induced asthma -Recovery with Enduro Packs -21 Day Challenge –Tri Swim Coach iPhone App (please give us a […]

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Training in 2 Hours – TSC Podcast #70

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In this podcast, I talk about: -Living and training in Boulder, CO -5 tips to training for the swim in 2 hours a week: 1. 3 40-minute sessions per week 2. Focus on the essentials in the pool 3. Do sprints. 4. Use fins. 5. Quantity. Link to iTunes to post a review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tri-swim-coach-triathlon-swimming/id306454334 http://triswimcoach.com/podcast/TSC_Trainingin2hours_.mp3Podcast: […]

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Swim Test

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A few weeks ago I participated in an open water “swim fest” with a one mile “fun” swim on Saturday and then on Sunday a one mile race followed immediately by a two mile race. I have never participated in an event with such a format, so decided to treat all three as an “experiment,” […]

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Interview with Bruckner Chase – TSC Podcast #67

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In this podcast, I chat with Open Water Swim Champion Bruckner Chase on: Adjusting to cold water  Jellyfish and other creatures in the water Developing a proper stroke for various open water conditions Conquering fears Open Water Swimming around the world Bruckner’s website: http://brucknerchase.com Please comment on this podcast: Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here […]

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The Saintly Triathlete

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“This was a disaster, an absolute, unequivocal, and undeniable disaster…how could this have happened…my race is ruined.” I sat on the side of the road in Middlebury, Connecticut a few yards shy of mile 10 of the Rev3 Quassy bike course. My bike lay beside me with its front wheel taken off and two busted […]

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Are you fully engaged?

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I read a book last year called “The Power of Full Engagement”, by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr. It’s a great book if you are in any kind of business and want to really adopt the motivation and determination it takes to move forward in your career, or take your business to the next level.  […]

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Triathlon Q&A Discussion with Chris Hague – TSC Podcast #65

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In this podcast, Tri Swim Coach Assistant Coach & 5th-ranked US triathlete and Tri Swim Coach’s Kevin Koskella answer questions on: Strength and Conditioning for triathlon & swimming Hip rotation in freestyle Aerobic heart rate training Biking indoors Becoming bloated while swimming Training in India References: Computrainer – http://computrainer.com Power Beam – http://www.cycleops.com/products/trainers.html Please comment on […]

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Open Water Swim Tips: Video 1 of 4

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I asked for open water questions on our Facebook page, http://facebook.com/triswimcoach, and sat down with Chris Janzen of triathletemind.com to answer the top four that came in. Here is the first video recording we did. Apologies in advance for the out of synch audio. [leadplayer_vid id=”518C2C2549D7B”]

My After: How to recover quickly from your last triathlon (part 1)

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When a person says “recovery,” many triathletes just think it refers to the time after workouts, but recovery from races is just as important if not more so. I briefly touched on this in a blog post last year but I wanted to revisit the subject because it so important to having good races, better trainings, and […]

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Product Review: Amrita Bars

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by Chris Hague I used to think that it was impossible to fuel cleanly while training. For years, I searched for the holy grail of sports nutrition: the perfect sports bar. I wanted a bar that would not have a laundry list of complex ingredients, minimized refined sugar, easy to chew and eat, and tasted […]

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Mastering the Taper

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This weekend I will be down in Galveston, TX to race a 70.3 there, which means that this week my training volume has dropped. I am now in “taper mode.” Being the obsessive compulsive guy that I am, this drop in training is driving me crazy. Fears and doubts buzz like vultures around my head […]

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Are you a Race Junkie?

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  I typically like to ask customers who come into my store what races they are doing. Many list off a couple of local races or one or two major races like an Ironman, a 70.3, or a big name marathon like Boston. However, some customers, and disturbingly this is becoming more common, give me […]

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Interview with Vanessa Rodriguez aka Vanessa Runs – TSC Podcast #62

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In this podcast, I interview Vanessa Rodriguez, aka Vanessa Runs. We discuss her experiences as an ultrarunner, traveler, minimalism, relationships and more! Vanessa’s blog and website: http://vanessaruns.com Pick up her book “The Summit Seeker” here Please comment on this podcast: Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to open up itunes and add a rating/comment! […]

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