Swimming

  • 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…

  • 4 exercises to prevent pausing in your swimming training

    21st April 2015

    Use these four exercises to prevent pauses and over-reaching in your front crawl stroke – you’ll save seconds in a few swimming training sessions… FIST DRILL When many of us learn to swim, we are taught to ‘glide’ at the…

  • Build swim strength fast

    30th March 2015 1 Comment

    Give your swimming power a shot in the arm (and back, and chest…) with these shortcuts… Good swimming technique is so crucial, and so lacking in so many of us, that it’s easy to focus almost exclusively on that and…

  • Brain training for swimmers triathlon training plan

    10th March 2015

    Boost your swim fitness and technique, while maintaining bike and run speed. By Phil Mosley. There is a saying in swimming: “It’s not about how many metres you do, but what you do with those metres”. With this in mind,…

  • Swim flatter, swim faster

    4th March 2015

    Get your body position right for front crawl and you’ll save time and energy, says Elizabeth Hufton. Learning to swim is a real challenge as an adult, and at any public swimming pool on any given day you might see…

  • The biggest tri challenge: learning to swim

    8th February 2015

    Perhaps the biggest challenge in tri is learning to swim, but taking those first steps made Elizabeth Hufton feel young again… Here in the UK, I think it’s fair to say provision for learning to swim isn’t brilliant at school.…

  • A beginner’s guide to freestyle swimming

    7th February 2015

    Move on from breast stroke by practising the basics of freestyle (otherwise known as front crawl) so you’ll be swimming faster by next season, says Elizabeth Hufton. Team Talk: Starting Out This is a handy guide to beginning freestyle swimming,…