The Mastering of Your Mind with Robert Szentes – TSC Podcast #145

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 Download this episode     In this [FINAL] episode of the TriSwimCoach podcast, Kevin has a chat with Robert Szentes. Robert is a life and success strategist, transformational master trainer, visionary, and thought leader. It is his passion to inspire and authentically lead the next generation of conscious influencers and leaders who seek to empower others […]

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You signed up for your first Ironman…now what? – TSC Podcast #143

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 Download this episode     In this episode of the Tri Swim Coach podcast, Kevin interviews Coach Todd Malcolm. Todd is a Calgary Ironman Specific coach who has been involved in the sport of triathlon both as an athlete and a coach. Todd has been a 4-time member of the Canadian Triathlon Team, 3-time Olympic Distance […]

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Motivation and How to Avoid Burnout in Triathlon – TSC Podcast #142

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 Download this episode     In this episode of the TriSwimCoach podcast, Coach Chris Hague is back! Kevin & Chris talk about the idea of motivation and how to avoid burnout in triathlon. Chris recently completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology and talked about it for a short time in the interview. They also discuss […]

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Benefits of Long Straight Swims – TSC Podcast #141

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 Download this episode     In today’s episode of the TriSwimCoach, Kevin talks about the 3 benefits of doing long, straight swims in your workout. He discusses some facts about swimming straight without rest. Listen and enjoy! Topics discussed in this episode: Swimming straight distances Advantages of straight swims Mental strength Relaxing Measure your endurance Link: […]

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5 Common Myths and How to Thrive in Triathlon at Any Age With TriDoc Jeff Sankoff – TSC Podcast #140

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 Download this episode     In today’s show, Kevin interviews TriDoc Jeff Sankoff. Jeff is an emergency physician and multiple Ironman finisher in Denver, Colorado. He has completed more than 50 70.3 distance races (including 5 world championships) and 6 Ironman distance races (including 1 world championship) since taking up the sport in 2001. In the […]

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Drop The Grind And Succeed – TSC Podcast #139

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 Download this episode     In this episode of the Tri Swim Coach Podcast, Kevin discusses dropping the grind and still succeeding- including 4 things one needs to do when creating that “space” to do better. Topics discussed in this episode: His take on the audiobook he listened to How the best ideas come while swimming […]

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The Top 5 Essentials for Swim Success – TSC Podcast #138

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 Download this episode     In this episode of TriSwimCoach, Kevin covers the top 5 essentials for swim success. Topics discussed in this episode: The top 5 essentials for swim success Rotate hips Self Acceptance Breath control Consistency Positive self-concept **If you’ve enjoyed this episode of Tri Swim Coach Triathlon Swimming, please subscribe and leave us […]

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The Art of Getting Faster In The Water – TSC Podcast #137

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 Download this episode     In today’s episode of the TriSwimCoach, Kevin covers a blog post he wrote on getting faster in the water in 3 steps. He also shares upcoming events for the podcast. Tune in and enjoy! Topics discussed in this episode: Updates about the podcast Question on how to get faster 3 things […]

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Breaking FREE from traps

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This morning I was listening to some motivational stuff I found on one of the podcasts I subscribe to. The show was on “the identity trap”, and it’s about how many of us fall into the trap of believing we have to be who people early in our lives (usually parents) expected us to be. […]

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Swimming From Asia To Europe with Kevin Koskella – TSC Podcast #136

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 Download this episode     In this episode of the TriSwimCoach podcast, Kevin was interviewed by Dominic Latella on his Swim Out Of The Box Podcast. They talked about Kevin’s latest event in Europe and the preparations he did prior to the race. Topics discussed in this episode: What marathon swimming is Why he decided to […]

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Hit the reset button?

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It’s a crystal-clear Monday morning here in Southern California. And today, let’s talk your upcoming week. This week, is YOUR week. This week… you will have absolute clarity on what you are doing with your training in the pool, and in the open water. This week… you will continue to practice drills. This week… you […]

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Resist the resistance

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Today, I finished up a meditation series with the Headspace app on the idea of Acceptance. Acceptance is such a great thing to keep in mind no matter what part of life you are trying to get better at. Accept the present moment for what it is, and the world is “yours”. I went to […]

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The 1% Rule

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You’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule, or the “Pareto Principle”. 80% of effects come from 20% of causes. This can be applied to all parts of life. Using this principle, only 20% of people will accomplish their goals. But I’ve observed that it’s even more lopsided than this. Because: -Most people don’t follow through […]

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Using all the systems [FIRE!]

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Systems Part 1 We have a lot to think about in training for a triathlon. I break it down into four systems. Each system must be functioning (or “firing”), or everything falls apart. Here they are: 1. Mental state. Your mindset/psychology needs to be tended to on a regular basis. If you are going full […]

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When is cheating okay?

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What’s your choice of poison when it comes to swim practice? It’s a joke- I don’t think there is actually a “poison” when you’re practicing swimming (unless you’re downing too much of that chlorinated pool water!) At Tri Swim Coach, we’re known for being minimalists when it comes to equipment in swim training. It’s not […]

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Competitive at 50+

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The Tri Swim Coach community has been on fire recently…with inspiring performances and….email reports! Yesterday I received an email from a Tri Swim Success member that I wanted to share part of: “I wanted to drop an email to thank you for this entire year of videos and emails. My big race is Aug 27th […]

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A marathon not a sprint?

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Why is it that it seems most people sprint at the beginning of a race? Think about any race you’ve ever done, triathlon, 10k, marathon, whatever. The beginning is a mad rush to get out fast. It feels so competitive right at the start. In open water triathlon, this can involve physicality- kicking, punching, bumping […]

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Doing something that you’re afraid of with marathon swimmer Kim Chambers – TSC Podcast #135

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 Download this episode     In this episode of the TriSwimCoach, Kevin interviews Kim Chambers of kimswims.com. Kim completed many water swims and one recently featured on a Netflix documentary is an ocean swim from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco in Northern California In this inspirational interview, they talked about her life growing up, how […]

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Rethinking the Propulsive Phase In Freestyle With Dominic Latella (Also: Tri Swim Clinic in Boston June 22-23!) – TSC Podcast #134

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 Download this episode     In this episode of the TriSwimCoach Podcast, Coach Dominic Latella returns to the show once again. The two coaches discuss an upcoming clinic that Dominic is going to be running and also some really cutting edge information that you cannot miss. Enjoy today’s episode! Topics discussed in this episode: Announcement on […]

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5 Things Triathletes Would Be Crazy Not to Pay Attention To – TSC Podcast #133

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 Download this episode     In this episode of the TriSwimCoach, Kevin interviews Coach Chris Newport, triathlon coach, registered dietician, nutritionist, endurance coach, and metabolic and sweat expert at The Endurance Edge. In today’s show, they tackled 5 things triathletes would be crazy not to pay attention to. You’ll surely learn a lot of things in […]

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The HVMN Ketone Experiment with Chris Hague – TSC Podcast #132

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 Download this episode     In this episode of TriSwimCoach, Kevin and Chris discuss Chris’s experiment with HVMN Ketone Esters. They discuss the different aspects of ketones, training, and what we can determine. Don’t miss it! Topics discussed in this episode: What ketones are Two ways the body starts producing ketones “Keto fog” How ketone production […]

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Seiler’s Hierarchy of Swim Training Needs with Mikael Eriksson – TSC Podcast #131

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 Download this episode     In this episode, Kevin interviews Mikael Eriksson, a top age-group triathlete coach, founder of Scientific Triathlon and the host of the podcast “That Triathlon Show.” They discuss Seiler’s Hierarchy of Endurance (& Swim) Training. Topics discussed in this episode: Mikael’s background and how he got into triathlons Steps he took to get […]

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Getting Healthy Through Fasting with Jason Ryer – TSC Podcast #130

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 Download this episode     In this episode, Kevin interviews Jason Ryer, a health coach, and Bulletproof coach. Jason works with all kinds of people—from weight loss clients to athletes and everything else in between. They talk about the benefits and risks of fasting, his fasting program, and much more. Enjoy! Topics discussed in this episode: Jason’s […]

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In Depth Discussion on Wim Hof Breathing and Swimming – TSC Podcast #129

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 Download this episode     In this episode of TriSwimCoach, Kevin chats with Coach Dominic. They tackled Wim Hof breathing and swimming. Plenty of helpful insights in this episode, don’t miss it! Topics discussed in this episode: The Wim Hof method Over-oxygenating yourself On whether or not Wim Hof breathing should be done before a race […]

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Triathlon Swimming Q&A With Coaches Kevin & Chris – TSC Podcast #128

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 Download this episode     In this episode of TriSwimCoach, Kevin and Chris go through some member and subscriber questions Topics discussed in this episode: Off season advice and how to maintain one’s focus Getting component and consistent How to effectively leverage indoor training tools Ensuring you know the purpose of each workout Being mindful of […]

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Level Up Your Swim and USAT Certification – TSC Podcast #127

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 Download this episode     In this episode of TriSwimCoach, Kevin and Chris discuss an article Chris wrote called “Level Up Your Swim”. Chris also touches on the USA Triathlon coaching certification that he just completed. Topics discussed in this episode: What people should focus on in each level How to focus on your form Finding […]

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Defeating Obesity and Getting Fit with Brian Bielanski of Team Kick Obesity – TSC Podcast #126

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 Download this episode     In this episode of TriSwimCoach, Kevin interviews Brian Bielanski. Brian has been a journalist for nearly 30 years covering some of the biggest news stories of our time. Recently, he founded Team Kick Obesity, a project that aims to help people participate in and enjoy endurance events. Topics discussed in this episode: […]

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Overcoming Anxiety and Obesity With Bryan Falchuk – TSC Podcast #125

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 Download this episode     In this episode, Kevin interviewed Bryan Falchuk, the best-selling author of the book “Do a Day.” His work has been featured in several top publications like Inc. Magazine, The LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and more. He has spoken at multiple TEDx events and has been a featured guest on over 100 […]

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Stroke cadence and more with Coach Dominic Latella – TSC Podcast #124

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 Download this episode     In this episode, Kevin chats with Dominic Latella, the owner and lead instructor at SwimBox. They discussed many topics including how to come back after a time off from swimming, off-season tips, cadence, body positioning, and more. Topics discussed in this episode: Teaching and learning in progressions and phases The issue with […]

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Ways to Maximize Your Swim Training – With Rob Sleamaker of Vasa – TSC Podcast #123

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 Download this episode     In this episode, Kevin interviews Rob Sleamaker of Vasa. He is an exercise physiologist, co-author of Serious Training for Endurance Athletes, and the author of Serious Training for Serious Athlete. He is also the CEO of Vasa, a company that provides premium quality functional sports and fitness exercise equipment. Today, they’ll […]

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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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Swimming up stream in a pool

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Over the weekend, the world’s best competed in Chattanooga at the 70.3 world championships. From all reports, the course was definitely championship quality with a partially against current swim, plenty of climbing, and an undulating run. Athletes had their training cut out for them. The up river swim in particular got me thinking about how […]

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The Benefits of Hypoxic Training

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Hypoxic training, or specific sets where you control how much or little you breathe, has received a bad reputation over the past years especially in the triathlon community. But it potentially has the power to unleash massive swim gains and transform your form. Breathing is one of the most common form issues that we at […]

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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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Training with a tempo trainer is ruining your stroke

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Many websites, swim coaches and programs recommend that beginner swimmers train with a tempo trainer (i.e. a “wetranome”) to help them find the ideal stroke rate. This little device goes underneath your swim cap and beeps every time you “should” take a stroke. In theory, this is supposed to help swimmers get their stroke rate/cadence […]

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Swim Outside The Box With Dominic Latella of The Swim Box – TSC Podcast #111

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Download this episode     Coach Dominic Latella is the only US Masters Swimming (USMS) Level 4 (the highest certification available) certified coach in VA. He is an instructor for USMS Certifications and the USMS Adult Learn to Swim program. He is the owner and lead instructor of SwimBox, where they specialize in swim lessons for people of […]

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Not All Swim Training Is Equal: How To Train For Your Level – TSC Podcast #110

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Download this episode     Topics discussed in this episode:  Swimming training plan for beginner, intermediate, and advanced swimmers importance of swim drills overcoming fear of water and swimming better breathing watching YouTube videos to help improve your technique when to incorporate more intensity interval training swimming sprints vs. distance fixing bad swimming habits building endurance yoga & strength […]

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Overcoming Adversity and the Transformational Power of Sisu with Emilia Lahti – TSC Podcast #109

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Download this episode     Emilia Lahti (MSc, MAPP) is a researcher and social activist, whose life mission is to simply be a catalyst for human connection, compassion and non-violence. She has given talks at Stanford, UC Berkeley and TEDx, as well as at Singularity University at NASA Ames, where she studied futurism and exponential technology. Her […]

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Is high level triathlon training healthy? – TSC Podcast #108

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Download this episode     Questioning “Is advanced & high Intensity triathlon training healthy”? In this episode, Brad Kearns, host of The Primal Endurance Podcast, joins Kevin & Chris in a discussion on the health benefits and health factor of high level triathlon training. They discuss: Balancing health and fitness Stress management Sleep & Circadian Rhythm Genetic […]

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The Wim Hof Breathing Method with Andrew Harper – TSC Podcast #107

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Download this episode     In this episode, Kevin interviews Andrew Harper, a Tri Swim Coach member and age group triathlete from Virginia. They discuss: Transitioning from running to a triathlon How Andy improved his swimming skills Proper breathing techniques What is the Wim Hof method Benefits of using the Wim Hof method in triathlon training Eating clean Links & […]

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Overcoming Addiction & Becoming a World Champion with Karlyn Pipes – TSC Podcast #106

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Download this episode     In this episode, Kevin interviews Karlyn Pipes, an International Swimming Hall of Famer, motivational speaker and the author of The Do-Over, a memoir about her struggles and victories with addiction. They discuss about how to become a swimming world champion: Why Karlyn wrote her book, The Do-Over What it was like for her […]

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How to train for a triathlon when you’re a busy professional – with Triathlon Taren

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Tri Swim Coach Podcast #105 In this podcast, Kevin interviews Taren Gessell, Triathlon Taren of Youtube fame. They discuss: -Becoming Triathlon Taren -Most popular triathlon topics -Beginner swimmers training for triathlon -Triathlon as a lifestyle -Brick workouts -Maffetone Method advantages -Guide to Triathlon Swimming for busy professionals References Taren’s Website – http://triathlontaren.com Triathlon Taren on Youtube Triathlon […]

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Global Swimming Summit: Sneak Preview (Audio Podcast)

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In this podcast, Kevin discusses the ongoing Global Triathlon Swimming Summit, how to sign up, and plays a highlight reel of the free online conference. References Register for the Global Swimming Summit: http://globalswimmingsummit.com 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://traffic.libsyn.com/triswimcoach/TSC_GSS_AudioHighlights.mp3Podcast: DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS

Being a Fit Triathlete

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In this podcast, you can learn how to become a fit swimmer. Kevin discusses the upcoming Tri Swim Coach webinar, The Fit Triathlete. The 4 pillars of optimal health & fitness for triathletes include: 1. Psychology 2. Nutrition 3. Rest/recovery/sleep 4. Workouts Reference – Signup for the webinar at http://thefittriathlete.com Please help us out with […]

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4 Tips On Coming Back From an Injury – Tri Swim Coach Podcast #101

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In this podcast, Kevin and Chris discuss the 4 tips on coming back from an injury. Points discussed: -Kevin’s shoulder issues -Joe Rogan podcast http://podcasts.joerogan.net/podcasts/steve-maxwell –Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention, Revised & Expanded -4 Tips on coming back from an injury:”>Shoulder Pain book 1. Mental 2. Increase gradually 3. Rehab 4. Equipment Lava Pants […]

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5 Tips To Get You Ready For Race Season – TSC Podcast #100

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In this podcast, Kevin and Chris discuss the 5 tips to get you ready for race season. Points discussed: -High elbow catch blog post: https://triswimcoach.com/high-elbow-catch 1. Plan 2. Intensity 3. Simulate 4. Get outside 5. Nutrition References: Tri Swim Coach plans on Training Peaks: https://www.triswimcoach.com/training-plans/ Mark Sisson interview on Tri Swim Coach: https://www.triswimcoach.com/fl099-primal-endurance-with-mark-sisson/ 3 Swim […]

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Primal Endurance With Mark Sisson – TSC Podcast #99

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In this podcast, Kevin interviews Mark Sisson, former Ironman triathlete turned primal, and head of marksdailyapple.com. We went over some of the highlights of his new book, Primal Endurance. Points discussed: -Mark’s history as an endurance athlete -Injuries and maladies -Marksdailyapple.com origins -Low carb/paleo/primal endurance -Problems with endurance sports & health -The Black Hole & […]

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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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The Sugar Free 70.3

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It’s difficult not to get caught up in the hype when you race an IRONMAN 70.3 branded race. There’s a sense of “bling” about the event. You’re made to feel like you are really achieving something really special, so I was impressed with my first ever IRONMAN branded 70.3 race in Ballarat, Australia. I was […]

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Setting Goals

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So what are you going to do next? So many people have asked me that in the last few weeks. Competing for Canada at World’s has been the goal for the last two years. First there was the qualification for World’s and then there was the actual competition itself. Now that it finished the obvious […]

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Interview with Chris Ritter – TSC Podcast #98

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In this podcast, Kevin interviews Chris Ritter, strength trainer at http://rittersp.com. Points discussed: -Chris’ background -Working with Cullen Jones, Olympic Gold Medalist -Strength training for distance swimmers & triathletes -Hinges, squats, and shoulder injuries -Problems with sitting -Maximizing your workouts -When to do strength training -Stretching -Bilateral breathing -High elbow catch -Sun Yang’s stroke -Ritter […]

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No More Sugar!

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Back in September the Team 500 Challenge for TriSwimPro was to remove all sugar and processed carbohydrates from your diet. The funny thing is that after all the stress and pain I have put my body through in training and races, this challenge just seemed like something I couldn’t to do. You see, I have […]

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Tri Swim Signature Series

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November 2015 is a very special month for Tri Swim Coach. It marks our 10-year anniversary of promoting triathlon lifestyle and training our athletes with the latest triathlon swim training and information! Tri Swim Coach is built upon the idea that everyone should be able to participate in triathlons, from individuals who have never swam […]

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Interview with Chloe McCardel – TSC Podcast #97

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In this podcast, Kevin interviews world class marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel. Points discussed: -Chloe’s background -Disadvantages of being a triathlete -Why distance open water swimming/life lessons -English Channel crossings and spiritual experiences -Swimming with sharks -What Chloe thinks about while swimming -Cravings while swimming -Nutrition -World records -Cuba to US swim & box jellyfish -Never […]

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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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