Swimming

  • Step up to a 70.3: Part 1

    8th October 2015

    If you’re thinking about going long but not sure where to start, we’ve got all the answers. Words Phil Mosley. Images Ironman / Getty Images An Ironman 70.3 is the first step into the world of long-distance triathlon. With its 1.9km swim,…

  • Crank up your pool training

    29th September 2015

    Sprint swimming is the key to improvement, says Bath Amphibians coach Ben Matthews When training for a fast swimming time, it’s important to train with high-intensity elements in every session. Even longer, slower sets should have a solid volume of increased resistance training using fins or hand paddles, or be…

  • Sort your swimmer’s shoulder

    7th September 2015

    Many triathletes and high level swimmers suffer from shoulder pain so we asked Rachel Whittaker, clinical director at Six Physio, how to avoid and rehabilitate this common injury. How to diagnose it: Swimming predominately uses the upper body muscles (back,…

  • Perfect your tumble turns

    24th August 2015

    Best learned in two parts, the tumble and the turn, this nifty move will make you faster and more fluid in training saving you precious seconds in the pool… Here’s how to perfect your tumble turns in four easy steps: 1.…

  • Swimming: sort out your stroke style

    30th July 2015

    Streamline your technique and make sure you arrive in T1 with energy to spare… Most triathletes have a background in running or cycling and so it’s no surprise they usually find the swim to be their weakest discipline. It’s probably why duathlons (run-bike-run) are popular events because then competitors can…

  • 5 tricks to speed up your Ironman swim

    9th July 2015

    Follow these five tips from coach Phil Mosley to increase your Ironman swim speed… 1. FIND YOUR RHYTHM A Finis Tempo Trainer Pro is a metronome for swimmers. It’s a little yellow device that attaches to your goggle straps and beeps periodically depending on…

  • Top up your training for a sprint triathlon

    7th July 2015

    Tri coach Phil Mosley offers up some simple workouts across all three disciplines for your sprint triathlon… BRICK WORKOUTS In a sprint triathlon your legs will feel like concrete by the time you run. The only thing you can do to make…

  • Perfect your swim starts

    4th June 2015

    Get your deep-water swim starts right every time… CHOOSE YOUR SPOT Before you even get in the water – at least 10 minutes before the start – head down to the start to suss out your first sighting point, see how the crowd is behaving…

  • Put your wetsuit on properly

    28th May 2015

    Get your race off to the best possible start by taking your time to get dressed… STAY COOL Wetsuits are designed to be tight and absorb water, so if you’re hot and sweaty you’ll never get one on. Don’t warm up until you’re…

  • Learn to skull swim better

    12th May 2015

    Improve your feel for the water as well as your deep-water starts with this basic but essential drill for swimmers of all abilities. YOUR ELBOWS HIGH A high elbow is essential to front crawl and this drill is a good opportunity to practice. You need…