Project #SwimReboot Week 6: When your motivation begins to wane

Posted Chris Articles, Training, Vasa Swim

Continued from Part 5: Fitting everything in First, a disclaimer: this week was supposed to be about strength training and how to incorporate weight lifting and specific core exercises to boost your swim performance. But we had some technical difficulties at headquarters (i.e. I deleted the video). So I will post that update at the end […]

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Project #SwimReboot Week 5: Fitting everything in

Posted Chris Articles, Training, Vasa Swim

Continued from Part 4: Retesting One of the biggest issues (and I am sure you can all relate) I have faced in project #swimreboot is not the workouts themselves (although they have been challenging in a good way). It is trying to fit everything in. Over the past four weeks, I have found some good […]

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Project #SwimReboot Week 3: Take a chill pill to get faster

Posted Chris Articles, Training, Vasa Swim

(Continued from Part 2 of the #SwimReboot series) This past week in project #swimreboot was a tough one. It was tough not because of the training was heavier or higher volume. But because of all of the other stress in life that come up in addition to training. I am sure everyone at some point […]

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Week one of #SwimReboot: Busting off the Rust

Posted Chris Articles, Training, Vasa Swim

(from Coach Chris Hague) This is from the #SwimReboot series starting with Part One here. Have you ever taken a long break from running or biking or swimming or even training activity completely, and then come back to it? Those first workouts are definitely rude awakenings. You just feel rusty and crusty. Before, the workout […]

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A few thoughts on Kona

Posted Chris Articles

As many of you know, Saturday is Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. To some, it is the triathlon highlight of the year. To our TSC members who are racing, congratulations! Enjoy the experience. Savor not only the journey that got you there, but the fact that you are out there on a magical course […]

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Beware this common beginner triathlete trap

Posted Chris Articles, Training

When I first started triathlon training, I read all the latest articles, books, and social media posts for advice. Whenever I came across a good article or post with a specific workout or lifting routine guaranteed to make me faster, I would clip it out and put it in a giant folder organized by sport. […]

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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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The Breathing Solution To Swimming With Coach Dominic Latella – TSC Podcast #119

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Download this episode     In this episode of the TriSwim Coach Podcast, Kevin interviews top US swim coach and breathing expert Dominic Latella for the second time (see episode 111 for Dominic’s first appearance on Tri Swim Coach). Dominic has now discovered a new way of breathing that has been really effective with his swimming students, allowing […]

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Transformation Through Triathlon With Michelle Dinsdale – TSC Podcast #118

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Download this episode     In this episode of the TriSwim Coach Podcast, Kevin interviews age group triathlete Michelle Dinsdale.  Currently as a health coach, she now helps people from all walks of life transform their bodies and improve their energy so that they can get more done in less time. Topics discussed in this episode: Her background and what […]

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The coaching world has a HUGE PROBLEM

Posted Chris Articles, Newsletters

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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Swim Slow To Go Fast

Posted Dominic Latella Articles

By Dominic Latella The Swim Box It’s always much easier to swim fast, it’s just not maintainable for more than 25 or 50 yards. Learning to swim slowly is what’s really hard, and it’s what most, if not all, swimmers need to do in order to learn to control what they’re doing. Swimming fast provides […]

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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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Testing Not Guessing

Posted Chris Articles, Newsletters

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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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 “Inbetween Zone”

Posted Chris Articles, Newsletters

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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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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Winter Training Pitfalls

Posted Chris Articles, Newsletters

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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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: iTunes | Android | RSS

Joci Goggle Review

Posted Chris Articles, Newsletters

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?

Posted Chris Articles, Newsletters

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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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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Sinking Legs revisted

Posted Chris Articles, Newsletters

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

Posted Chris Articles, Newsletters

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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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: http://triswimcoach.com/high-elbow-catch 1. Plan 2. Intensity 3. Simulate 4. Get outside 5. Nutrition References: Tri Swim Coach plans on Training Peaks: http://www.triswimcoach.com/training-plans/ Mark Sisson interview on Tri Swim Coach: http://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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