The Challenge Of Going Slow

The Challenge Of Going Slow

Three Zones There are two extremes that we are urged to avoid in training – going too hard and going too easy. If we go too hard, or go hard too often, something is going to break. If we go too easy, or go easy too often, we simply will not grow, and may even...
Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 4

Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 4

Continued from Part 3. Training In Cycles And, over the course of a few weeks, your fatigue accumulates. This is something you should expect and actually plan for. Through a process known as periodization, with cycles lasting several weeks, and changing emphasis at...
Your Diet Of Strength, Endurance and Power

Your Diet Of Strength, Endurance and Power

Why Be Strong? You certainly want your shape and movement patterns to be streamline and efficient to reduce internal and external resistance to moving forward. But even then, you still need strength, because it defines your body’s ability to do work. Even when...
Moving From Novice To Expert – Part 3

Moving From Novice To Expert – Part 3

Continued from Part 2… I’ve mentioned before that my wife, Gail, is an ‘occupational therapist’. Occupational therapists, as they are called in the US, help people learn (or relearn) how to accomplish daily tasks that their damaged brain lost...
Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 2

Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 2

Continued from Part 1. How Much Is Enough To Be Comfortable? When someone asks me a version of this question, I need to know a few things to help guide them toward an answer that is more suitable to their personal situation: How do you want to finish this event:...
Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 1

Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 1

I am often approached by swimmers thinking about preparing to swim a much longer distance than they have done before – like 3.8K (Ironman tri), 5K, 10K or 20K, or even 40K (for the English Channel). I receive this question in various forms, and it essentially...