The Hardships We Face

The Hardships We Face

I both run and swim year round. In the last year or so I’ve put a lot more emphasis on running, and felt the corresponding motivation for that activity. Back in April, after a week off from illness, I irritated my achilles tendon on the first (allegedly...
Choose A Role Model… That Fits You

Choose A Role Model… That Fits You

It is very likely that most of you reading this article have also browsed online videos of marvelous swimmers that you admire in some way.  Who would be your favorite? And maybe you’ve gone one step further to study one of those in particular and have started to...
Your Kick And Lower Back Pain

Your Kick And Lower Back Pain

Do you have pain or soreness sometimes in your lower back? It could be muscular (outside the spine) and it could be structural (inside the spine). It was encouraging to see this discussion Why Swimming Increases Low Back Degeneration, on Dr. John Mullen’s...
What You Can Learn About Speed From Butterfly

What You Can Learn About Speed From Butterfly

Even if you do not practice the butterfly stroke, you may appreciate this approach to solving the not-getting-any-faster problem… Coach Jamee and I have been working with a mother and three kids (10, 12 and 16) on a swim team who came to us to work on freestyle...
Adults Need Self Limiting Exercises

Adults Need Self Limiting Exercises

I can’t emphasize this enough, because it is a cornerstone of our care for adult athletes: we train for superior technique because that is what is going to keep our body pleasantly functional into our oldest age .   Taking off from the way it was said in the...
Artificial Versus Real Hardship

Artificial Versus Real Hardship

Three Kinds Of Hardship Like you, I love to hear stories of those who have accomplished amazing things in the realm of sports and adventure. I recently listened to Rich Roll’s interview with Kimberly Chambers, ultra-distance open water swimmer, who, in 2014, was...