How to Be Successful in Swimming – Issue #134

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How to Be Successful in Swimming

How to be successful in swimming

Dear Friend,

As you make progress in triathlon, fitness level, or life in general, it’s important to recognize and honor your own successes.

Have you been able to lower your stroke count by 1 stroke per length? Have you moved to a faster cruise or base interval? Have you increased your yardage or total distance of your workout?

In the words of Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, “everything counts in large amounts”!

Each success you have will give you a slight boost in self confidence.

It’s so important to develop an attitude of gratitude- and thank YOURSELF for being able to achieve that next step, whatever the next step is for you.

Swimming doesn’t come as overnight success for anyone. Recognize what you have achieved, accept where you are, and you will be on your way to achieving your goals.

Have a great week of training,

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

Swim Workout of the Month


Shark Fin Drill: Start in the kicking on your side position. Lift your trailing elbow up towards the sky, and drag your hand through the water until it reaches your goggle line (or until you’ve made a shark fin). Slide the hand back down, roll onto your back, grab some air and repeat. Keep thinking about keeping your eyes looking directly at the pool bottom.

Cruise: An interval you can make 100 yard or meter swims on with about 5-10 seconds rest 8 times consecutively. For 200’s just double that interval.

Descend: Get faster
Ascend: Get slower

Warm Up: 3 x 100’s Freestyle
Alternate 50 Kick on your Side, 50 Swim

Drill: 6 x 75’s
50 Shark Fin Drill, 25 Swim
Rest= :10 between each 75

Main: 7 x 200
#1-3) Make interval, focus on hand extension with each stroke.
#4) Count strokes and lower stroke count each 50
#5-7) Descend Time each 200
Interval= Cruise. Take extra :30 after #4

Warm Down: 200 Ascend, breathe every 3 strokes
Total: 2350

For more on the swim and 12-week workout plans for all distances and the Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD, click here!