Swimming and hydration – Issue #49

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Swimming and Hydration Newsletter Dear Friend, In an effort to educate beyond the realm of swimming, and respond to the many requests I’ve had for this topic, I’d like to touch on nutrition today. Also I have included a workout today that has some “speed work”, something that often gets forgotten about by triathletes training […]

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Swim Workout For Beginner Triathlete – Issue #42

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Swim Workout for Beginner Triathlete Workout of the Month It’s good to mix it up and keep things interesting. This workout definitely requires you to have your endurance built up. If you are just beginning, feel free to shorten each set to what you can do. Remember, never sacrifice technique for speed or distance! Cruise= […]

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Improve Freestyle Stroke Technique – Issue #36

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Improve Freestyle Stroke Workout Of The Month Cut down the distances as needed for your training! Cruise= an interval you can make 100’s on comfortably with :10-15 rest between each DPS= maximum Distance Per Stroke 3/4 Catchup= freestyle, almost touch your hands in front on each stroke (come about 3/4 of the way to touching) […]

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Wetsuit Tips and Stroke Counting – Issue #35

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Wetsuit Tips & Counting Strokes Dear Friend, Although swimming is very technical and can seem overwhelming and frustrating at times, always take the time to have fun with it! The sport you are learning or practicing is meant to be enjoyed. You may never achieve “the perfect stroke”, but the process of maximizing your ability […]

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Kristi Johnson Interview – TSC Podcast #54

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On this podcast, I interview professional triathlete & model, Kristi Johnson. References: Visit Kristi’s website at https://kristiontherun.wordpress.com/ Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com **Please read, like, and share this article! http://www.active.com/triathlon/Articles/7-Excuses-Not-to-Use-at-Your-Next-Triathlon.htm Please comment on this podcast (I will read the new comments on the next podcast!): Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here […]

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Swimming Workout for Beginners – Issue #39

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Swimming Workout For Beginners Dear Friend, Often in the “no pain, no gain” world of Triathlon and competitive sports, swim training gets lumped in with this philosophy, and many triathletes are going about training for the swim all wrong. It is said that swimming is “90% mental.” I take this to mean that all the […]

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Workout Plans For Swimming – Issue #21

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For those that have purchased the Complete Guide, I have had a few questions regarding the starting point of the 12-week workout plans for swimming. The first workout consists of 2200 yards- which could be a bit much if you are a true beginner. This plan is taking into consideration that you have already been […]

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Strength Training For Triathlon Swimming – Issue #12

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Dear Tri Swim Coach subscriber, This year, the newsletter will have an additional feature. I will now be adding a “Workout of the Month” to every other issue. The purpose of the workout is to supplement your current training with something that will keep you on track with a combination of drills and endurance sets, […]

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Interval Training for Swimming – Issue #5

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Training for a distance swimming event is very different from training for a run or cycling event. When training for a marathon, for example, you would start out with short runs, and gradually increase your mileage each week as you build up endurance. You may work on sprints to increase speed, but overall the goal […]

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Kicking for Freestyle: With or Without a Board? – Issue #2

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When kicking for freestyle, it is important to have some kind of kick to help you rotate from side to side as you swim, and to give you a small bit of propulsion. However, 90-95% of your propulsion in swimming will come from your upper body and how much you can rotate to slide through […]

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Stroke Counting in Swimming – Issue #1

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Welcome to the first issue of the Tri Swim Coach newsletter! Every 2 weeks you will receive a new article, stroke tips and other tidbits to help you improve your triathlon swimming. Feel free to reply with any suggestions or questions. Let us know about your successes and failures in the water! Why Count Strokes? […]

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Tapering For A Triathlon

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You may have been training for weeks or months already, but now it is 2 weeks before your race and it’s time to think about resting. Many triathletes find this more difficult than swimming 5,000 yards, biking the hills, or running a half marathon! Here are some things to keep in mind if you are […]

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Triathlon Overtraining

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Triathlon Overtraining Most coaches will subscribe to the “no pain, no gain” philosophy. More is better, faster is better, tighter intervals are better, etc. This is not the Tri Swim Coach method! Especially with the sport of Triathlon, it is easy to overtrain your body. Most of us belong to groups, whether it’s a masters […]

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Do you have Runners Kick?

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Runners Kick Can you point your toes and straighten out your feet? When you kick on your back, do you tend to go very slow, stay in one place, or even go backwards? Do you have a tough time with swimming drills because your kick is not propelling you forward fast enough? Do you wear […]

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Swimming and Shoulder Injuries

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Most sports come with injuries to accompany them. Although swimming is, by most standards, not a sport associated with high risk of injury, it does have it’s own problems. By far the biggest source of sidelining swimming injuries is the shoulder. I was a competitive swimmer for 14 years, sometimes doing double workouts and 15,000 […]

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Are Fins Useful in Training?

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One of the most common questions I hear as a coach is, “Should I use fins?” The answer depends largely on your goals, your skill level and the type of fins. Often times, especially in masters swimming, swimmers wear fins merely to keep up with other swimmers in their lane, or to advance to the […]

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Swim Stroke Count

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You may have had coaches that make you count strokes throughout the workout, either by mixing it into drill sets, the main set, or at the end of workout. Some coaches recommend making a habit of always keeping track of your stroke count. As a coach of distance swimmers and triathletes, I believe stroke counting […]

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Bilateral Breathing

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Bilateral Breathing in Swimming By Kevin Koskella www.triswimcoach.com One of the most common wonders of the swimming world is, should you use alternate-side, or bilateral breathing? Throughout my swimming career, I had always breathed to my right side only until a year ago. Why? Because breathing on my left side felt awkward and uncomfortable! This […]

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Unshakable Beliefs with Barbara Mockford Part 1/2 – TSC Podcast #52

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On this podcast, I interview triathlete, cancer survivor, and inspirational author Barbara Mockford We discuss her battle with cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, triathlon, and her new book, An Unshakable Belief. This is part 1 of 2. References: Pick up Barbara’s book, An Unshakable Belief, at Amazon Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com For a […]

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Triathlon Psychology: Improve Your Mental Game with Chris Janzen Part 1 – TSC Podcast #49

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On this podcast, I interview triathlon mindset and inner game and triathlon psychology expert Chris Janzen on one of the most important parts of the sport. References: To get the full interview including part 2, sign up for The Triathlon Swimming Essentials: https://triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swimming/   To find out more about Chris Janzen and his coaching services […]

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11 Tips to Becoming a Fearless Swimmer with Ingrid Loos Miller – TSC Podcast #48

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On this podcast, I interview swim instructor/coach Ingrid Loos Miller about how to become a Fearless Swimmer. References: Sign up for The Triathlon Swimming Essentials at: https://triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swimming/ Click here to order copy of Ingrid’s new book, Fearless Swimming For Triathletes Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim […]

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Listener Q&A Part 2- Answering Your Triathlon Swimming Questions – TSC Podcast #47

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On this podcast, I answer more listener questions on triathlon swimming from my latest blog post comments: equipment, stroke counting, going faster, and more! References: Sign up for The Triathlon Swimming Essentials at: https://triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swimming/ Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to […]

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Listener Q&A – Tri Swim Coach Answers Your Questions – TSC Podcast #46

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On this podcast, I answer listener questions from my latest blog post comments: stroke technique, speed, cold water, total immersion, and more! References: Sign up for The Triathlon Swimming Essentials at: https://triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swimming/ Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to open up […]

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Interview with Brian MacKenzie of CrossFit Endurance – TSC Podcast #45

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On this podcast, I discuss the idea of swimming less and getting faster, and interview Brian MacKenzie of Cross Fit Endurance. References: Sign up for The Triathlon Swimming Essentials: https://triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swimming/ Brian MacKenzie featured in Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIVmsIJyj3A Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri […]

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Interview with Kevin Koskella of Triswimcoach.com by Lorraine Slorach – TSC Podcast #44

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On this podcast, I’m interviewed by Lorraine Slorach of Aquacisethis.com and we discuss swim training for a triathlon, my background, how I got started, what it takes to complete a triathlon swim, and the products I offer here at Tri Swim Coach. References: Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: http://triswimlessons.com […]

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Interview with Sage Rountree author of The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery – TSC Podcast #43

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On this podcast, I interview Sage Rountree of www.sagerountree.com, and we discuss her new book The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery References: by Sage Rountree The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery: Rest, Relax, and Restore for Peak Performance(text only) [Paperback]2011 Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: http://triswimlessons.com Email me with your comments: […]

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Interview with Coach Jesse Kropelnicki – TSC Podcast #42

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On this podcast, I interview Jesse Kropelnicki of QT2 Systems, and we discuss some overlooked technical aspects of freestyle that can make a huge difference. References: Jesse’s blog: http://kropelnicki.com Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: http://triswimlessons.com Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri […]

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Interview with Coach Patrick McCrann of Endurance Nation – TSC Podcast #41

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On this podcast, I interview Patrick McCrann of http://endurancenation.us, and we discuss swim questions that came in from twitter, among other things. References: Patrick’s website: http://endurancenation.us Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: http://triswimlessons.com Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast […]

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Paleo triathletes: Interview with coach/triathlete Mark Pomery – TSC Podcast #40

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On this podcast, I interview Mark Pomery of http://swimcyclerunonline.com, and we discuss triathlon performance and longevity via the paleo diet. References: Mark’s website: http://swimcyclerunonline.com Cure injuries at http://curemyinjuries.com Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: http://triswimlessons.com Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim […]

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Befriending the swim, and my interview with Hazen Kent of Tri Newbies – TSC Podcast #39

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On this podcast, I interview Trinewbies.com’s Hazen Kent, and we discuss the idea of becoming a faster swimmer vs. becoming a faster triathlete. References: Hazen’s website: http://trinewbies.com Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: http://triswimlessons.com Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! For a transcript […]

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Hot Triathlete Chicks and other in-depth triathlon talk with Simon Gowen – TSC Podcast #38

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On this podcast, I interview coach/motivator/speaker Simon Gowen and we get into the mental aspect of this sport, some great tips, and most importantly, the welcome change of hot female triathletes entering the sport. References: Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: https://triswimcoach.com Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com […]

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High Elbow Pull vs. Total Immersion, and my interview with Coach Alan Kipping-Ruane – TSC Podcast #37

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On this podcast, I discuss an email I received on focusing on high elbow pull vs. hip rotation & long glide, and I interview Pennsylvania tri coach Alan Kipping-Ruane. References: Alan’s website: http://triguycoaching.com Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: https://triswimcoach.com Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment […]

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Interview with triathlete coach extraordinaire Daniel Smith – TSC Podcast #35

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On this podcast, I discuss the last chance to get the $1 trial of Tri Swim Secrets 4-month intensive course, and I interview coach/athlete/photographer Daniel Smith of http://djsmithphotography.blogspot.com/ References: Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: https://triswimcoach.com/ Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Check out Sheila’s book Call the […]

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Interview with Triathlon & Swim Coach Mike Collins – TSC Podcast #34

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On this podcast, I discuss the re-opening of the Tri Swim Secrets 4-month intensive course, and I interview coach Mike Collins of http://multisportsoc.com References: Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach 5-day Mini Course at: https://triswimcoach.com/ Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on this podcast! For a transcript of this podcast, […]

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A Time to Focus – TSC Podcast #32

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I talk about focus, natural movement, and answer a few listener questions on head position, the pull, and flip turns. I also discuss the upcoming swim clinic.   References: Natural Movement: http://movnat.com Sign up for The 3 Essential Elements to Master Freestyle for Triathlon: https://www.triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swim-faster/ Email me with your comments: kevin at triswimcoach.com Please comment on […]

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Interview with Paleo Ironman Triathlete & Author Nell Stephenson – TSC Podcast #31

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I interview Paleo Ironman triathlete & author Nell Stephenson to discuss how to have more energy and perform at peak levels while following a healthy Paleo diet. References: Nell’s blog & Website: http://nellstephenson.com The Paleo Diet Cookbook Sign up for The 3 Essential Elements to Master Freestyle for Triathlon: https://triswimlessons.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri […]

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Interview with Age Grouper Triathlete Camille Longino – TSC Podcast #29

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In this episode, I discuss core conditioning, and my interview with Camille Longino. References: Sign up for The 3 Essential Elements to Master Freestyle for Triathlon: https://www.triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swim-faster/ Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to open up itunes and add a rating/comment! Music: Nickelback- “Breathe”   https://www.triswimcoach.com/podcast/tsc_podcast29_camillelongino.mp3Podcast: DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts […]

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Interview with Tri Swim Coach member Sandy Shepard – Part 2 of 2 – TSC Podcast #28

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In this episode, I discuss a technique to help relax and focus before a race, and the second half of my interview with member Sandy Shepard.   References: Sign up for The 3 Essential Elements to Master Freestyle for Triathlon: https://www.triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swim-faster/ Sandy Shepard: http://beabondgirl.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click […]

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Interview with Tri Swim Coach member Sandy Shepard – Part 1 of 2 – TSC Podcast #27

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In this episode, I announce the upcoming opening of Tri Swim Secrets, and my interview with Sandy Shepard. References: Sign up for The 3 Essential Elements to Master Freestyle for Triathlon: https://www.triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swim-faster/ Sandy Shepard: http://beabondgirl.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to open up itunes and add a rating/comment! Music: […]

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Interview with swim coach Brenton Ford – TSC Podcast #26

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In this episode, I cover long vs short strokes revisited again, Texas-bound, and my interview with Brenton Ford. References: Sign up for The 3 Essential Elements to Master Freestyle for Triathlon: https://www.triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swim-faster/ Brenton Ford, Effortless Swimming- http://effortless-swimming.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to open up itunes and add […]

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Interview with Lee Zohlman of Bodyzen – TSC Podcast #25

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In this episode, I comment on the weather, the economy, and finally, interview Lee Zohlman of Bodyzen.com References: Sign up for the Tri Swim Coach newsletter at: www.triswimlessons.com BodyZen Triathlon Training- http://bodyzen.com Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to open up itunes and add a rating/comment! Music: Nickelback- “Breathe”

The Pull For Swimming Freestyle – TSC Podcast #23

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In this episode, I discuss the upcoming closure of Tri Swim Secrets to new members, and answer a question about the pull for swimming freestyle. References: The Triathlon Swimming Essentials: https://triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swimming/ The 3 Essential Elements to Master Freestyle for Triathlon: https://www.triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swim-faster/ Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to open up itunes […]

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Interview with pro triathlete Jonas Colting – TSC Podcast #22

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In this episode, I discuss yoga & swimming, the upcoming re-opening of Tri Swim Secrets, and finally the interview with Swedish pro triathlete Jonas Colting. References: The Triathlon Swimming Essentials: https://triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swimming/ The 3 Essential Elements to Master Freestyle for Triathlon: https://www.triswimcoach.com/triathlon-swim-faster/ Please comment on this podcast! Tri Swim Coach podcast comments: Click here to open […]

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