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There's just not enough R & R going on at the moment during the open water swim sessions and it's stifling people's swimming. Swimming is a technical sport, but technique is killing your performance. There's too much over thinking, the swim strokes are over technical and almost robotic. If there's 2 key things they are missing that elite swimmers have, it's a bit of R & R, that's relaxation and rhythm. Yes, you've read about the high elbow during the pull phase and the catch on the water and how the hip needs to initiate the roll, which generates the...

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As I walked through the swimming pool changing area I had only one thought in my mind "I hope that space is free by the wall so I can swim up and down without interruption". As I entered the pool area, I found that it had already been taken by a lady doing breast stroke who is clearly intent on standing her ground and will kick out at anyone who encroaches within 5m of her space. Often I've arrived for an early morning opening or just prior to an adult only swim session. Presuming that my triathlon transition skills will...

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As open water coaches we are asked "what's the most important thing regarding open water swimming" and the answer is simple. Firstly get a suit which fits you correctly, generally a right fitting suit feels too tight to most people and as a consequence they get one which is too big.. The second most important thing is putting it on correctly, if the suit isn't worn correctly, you are massively increasing the resistance upon your shoulders which very quickly leads to fatigue. Follow these simple steps before each swim: Start at your ankles, step into the suit and pull the...

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Last week we posted a blog about swim kicking and why it's so important for age group swimmers. This week we're talking about swim / kick fins and how they can help to develop your kick. You can read last week's blog post HERE If you're a triathlete who started swimming at a later age, no doubt the thought of 'kick work' initiates a cold sweat. There are some common patterns which we see amongst age group triathletes and open water swimmers. A lot of them have poor balance (low legs) and as a consequence they prefer to use a...

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What is Technique Threshold? I use the term technique threshold as the point at which an athlete's technique falters, you can apply it to swimming, cycling or running. When you are swimming, your nervous system has to coordinate your limbs and ensure they move correctly. Coordination becomes more difficult when the movement becomes more complex or has to be done faster. For example, coordinating your fingers to hit the right keys on a piano keyboard is easy when you do it very slowly with a single finger. Using multiple fingers and playing at speed is a different challenge altogether. A...

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