Being Streamlined Is Not Enough

Being Streamlined Is Not Enough

Watching a nicely shaped boat cut across a smooth body of water is a wonderful thing to watch.  Photo by Oleksandr Hrebelnyk on Unsplash Watching a nicely shaped swimmer cut across a smooth body of water is too!  In moving forward most easily in the water, although...
Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke?

Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke?

When you are working on improving your stroke length (stroke count) or stroke rate (tempo) there are neural tricks you can perform to get your body to make a fairly quick improvement in a single practice. But, in many cases, those improvements hold up for only a few...
Why Choose A 2-Beat Kick?

Why Choose A 2-Beat Kick?

A flutter kick – sometimes called a 6-Beat or a 4-Beat kick, when it’s done correctly – is useful for some people in some circumstances, but certainly not for all, and I would like to argue that it may not be best for most. However, it is certainly...
How To Improve Endurance

How To Improve Endurance

When do we need endurance? When we are going really hard? When we are going really fast? When we are going really far?  There is great discomfort in any of these and that discomfort needs to be overcome to finish, Maybe we need endurance in all three, but a different...
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...
Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 3

Surviving or Comfortable or Competitive? Part 3

Continued from Part 2. From High-Stress To Low Let’s say you want to move from 2 hours of swimming (about 5K) to 4 or 5 hours (about 10K). you When you get into swimming events that are more like 4 to 5 hours long, the average citizen athlete may have difficulty...