Staying a beginner triathlete to make you faster

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In a previous blog post, I gave you some quality tips on how you can graduate from being a beginner triathlete to an intermediate or advanced triathlete. If you have not read it yet, check it out. If you feel stuck, you will find ways to change your training to take your game to the […]

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Fall in love with swimming to get faster

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Triathlon coaches hear this all the time: “I just want to survive the swim” “Once I get on the bike, I will be fine” “I suck at swimming” “I have a love-hate relationship with the water. I love it because it makes me a triathlete; but I hate it because it’s swimming” “Thank goodness the […]

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The coaching world has a HUGE PROBLEM

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The coaching world has a HUGE PROBLEM. It happens in swimming, triathlon, running, cycling, weight training, fitness….. almost every sport. It ruins athletes, breaks down their motivation, and destroys seasons. The problem is that coaches design programs around them not you, the athlete. Even if you are self coached, you are not immune. Many coaches design […]

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Testing Not Guessing

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What can be measured can be improved, as the old adage goes, and that is certainly true for the swim. Testing allows you to track progress, look for limiters, and sharpen your mental game. Since not all tests are created equal nor complimentary to your goals as an athlete, I am giving you three different […]

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The “Inbetween Zone”

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In between Christmas and New Years might be the oddest fitness week of the year. Many people are coming out of a stressful holiday run up full of work parties, last minute shopping, travel, family gatherings, tantrums (from kids and adults alike), and an endless supply of sweets, alcohol, and rich, dense foods. However, the […]

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Winter Training Pitfalls

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Many beginner triathletes have the great goal of improving their swim over the winter, but when spring comes they are usually disappointed with their improvements especially in the open water. Why? I have picked apart several training plans and traditional, typical programs to find the most common mistakes that are slowing your swim gains during […]

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Joci Goggle Review

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There is a glut of goggles on the market all claiming to be different and special. From the wide scuba like masks that claim 140 degree vision to the minimalist, old school socket rockets, whatever your preference/goal is there is a goggle for it. Since everyone has different facial structures it is hard to rate […]

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Are Drills Overated?

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Drills are actually a pretty controversial topic among swimming and triathlon coaches. Some, like Brett Sutton and Matt Dixon, both of whom have coached numerous Olympiads and Ironman Champions between see drills as unimportant for becoming a better swimmer in fact it is better to spend your time with intensity. Matt Dixon goes as far […]

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Sinking Legs revisted

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One of the biggest sources of frustration for beginner swimmers and coincidentally the most common form error next to crossing over is sinking legs. It has been a while since we have addressed this and since we have received so many questions like “why do i sink when i swim”, “why my legs sink when […]

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Fixing Imbalances

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If you look at many age group athletes’ stroke, you might notice that it is slightly imbalanced as if they were limping through the water. One arm might extend a little further, pull a little quicker, or recover across the water faster. Moreover, many of these same athletes get out of the water complaining that […]

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Power in Swimming

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Although power meters were first introduced in 1989, over the past 10 years, they have crept into cycling and triathlon training and become the gold standard of metrics. Training with power has the power to transform your training and set new PRs in endurances races. Monitoring watts and training in specific zones prevents burn out, […]

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New Year, New Swimmer?

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Chances are that you or one of your friends has made a resolution for the new year, and chances are that that resolutions either involves health (nutrition, weight loss, six pack abs) and/or swimming. Honestly, it is great that you have made that resolution. It shows that you recognize something is missing or lacking in […]

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Winter is coming

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John Snow was right: winter is coming. And with it, shorter days, colder temps, and less weekly training volume. Usually, this would mean a loss of fitness. This winter though, I challenge you to actually emerge from the off season lighter, stronger and potentially faster without having to the do summer, in-season volume. The key […]

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So you want to do an Ironman?

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Many athletes get into triathlon after watching the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. For many triathletes, after watching this epic race, they want to bump up their race distance and do a full triathlon. Both these reactions are completely justified; Kona is one of the most amazing spectacles of human perseverance, determination, and fitness. […]

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Late Season Adjustments

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September and October mark the end of the northern hemisphere’s racing season. By this time, many triathletes are both physically and mentally ready to throw in the towel and begin their offseason especially those who have been racing since the end of March and April. These final races can still be personal bests though with […]

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Finding Purpose

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You hear it from almost every single coach: workouts need to have a purpose. At TSC, we agree. Getting into the pool without a set purpose or intention is wasting time. Each workout should have some focus that addresses a need or skill with which you can structure your sets and type of sets around. […]

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Using your Paddle

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One of the cool attachments you can get with the Vasa Swim Erg is the “forearm cuffs.” Instead of using the power paddles, you attach these forearm sleeves to the cables, forcing you to pull not with your hands but with your whole forearms, like you are supposed to in the water. When pulling in […]

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Winter triathlon training

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Winter Triathlon Training With American Thanksgiving on Thursday and the build up to Christmas immediately after the last of the turkey has been eaten, the holiday season is upon us. This time of year is packed with office parties, traveling to see family and friends, shopping, and enough sugary treats and temptations to give an […]

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Tri Swim Coach’s 6 Go To Resources for Triathletes

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The internet is a giant mess of raw information, complex scientific studies, outlandish claims, anecdotal evidence, personal blogs, and businesses that claim “to know” the answer–the one thing that your training and life is missing and can turn you from an out-of-shape athlete into the next up-and-coming age grouper. Through some very clever marketing and […]

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Enjoying Labor Day

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In America, the first monday of September is dedicated to “Labor Day.” For many this means a day off of work (ironically), backyard cookouts, the beginning of the school year, and the closing of outdoor pools (unfortunately). The origins of Labor day goes back to when working conditions in factories were dismal and workers began […]

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