Guide to Swimming

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If you have completed a few triathlons and swim events, or you are new to the world of front crawl you will find some useful tips and advice in my blog posts. 

October 1, 2019

During the summer, everyone seems to really enjoy training. Cycles over the weekend, open water swims, we make lots of progress & we become fitter and faster than the previous years. So why undo all of that hard work? 

Here are some tips on how to stay motivated during the off season. 

1. Plan next years events

I am starting to do this myself now. Having a long term goal is important to stay motivated as your training w...

September 1, 2019

If any of you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my stories relating to myself having many issues with my bike.

I decided enough was enough. Time to stop being lazy and actually look after my poor squeaking bike. I went to the bike shop, got my bike repaired and parts replaced leaving the shop a poorer human being.

Here are my top 5 tips on keeping your bike in tip top condition

Pump It Up
Keep the tires inflated. No...

July 29, 2018

What to pack for your triathlon, what goggles to wear on race day. What energy gels to take for triathlon.

July 8, 2018

Are you going on your summer holidays and worried it is going to effect your training schedule?    


Here’s a bit of information and advice on what I do when I am away to help keep me on track.

Things you can do that do not cost extra
 

Running

 As long as you bring your trainers with you, you will be able to take yourself out for a run wherever you are. 

I have been doing nice long runs along the seafront 8-10km a...

June 18, 2018

Having mobility in your shoulders will not only help with your technique and power in your stroke, it will also improve your shoulders muscle and joint health.

The shoulder joint sacrifices stability for mobility, resulting in being one of the most mobile joints in the body. As we go through modern day life, our environment promotes posture and mobility issues. This is why working on mobility is key to a healthy injury fre...

May 11, 2018

Finding it hard to divide your time between work, training and a social life? Do not worry you are not the only one who struggles.

Planning your week ahead with not only training but the food I eat is crucial for me to have a productive week.

Whether you are a Lark that rises early, a cheeky monkey that can sneak a session in during lunch break or a Night Owl -there will be a time in the day when you can train.

1. Use your...

March 12, 2018

Spending hours a week in the pool but not not seeing the benefits?

The structure you follow and the sessions that you do might not be the most beneficial for you.

For the average swimmer (who can swim continuously for at least 400m) I start them on a 3 times a week program.

Each session is planned and tailored to your individual needs, not just aimlessly swimming your 42 lengths.

Typically what does a swim week look like?

1....

January 1, 2018

New year, new me right? 

Here are my thoughts on how I am going to improve in my swimming and stay focused.

1. Plan your workouts

More than usual I go for a swim not having thought out my session before I jump in. As I have not been training for events I haven't been following a structure, which means my swimming becomes slower paced with more breaks. I can imagine there are quite a few of you out there, event or no event, that a...

November 26, 2017

One of the hardest things to improve on in your front crawl stroke is your leg kick. 

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or intermediate, the legs are the part my swimmers tend to have the most trouble with.

If you are one of those swimmers that moves pretty well in the water, then if asked to swim one length kicking this happens......

You have somehow either moved yourself  backwards, or you have travelled 5 meters down the...

November 19, 2017

Don't fancy spending hours on your bike this winter. Are you worried when it is time to come out of hibernation that you will have lost all that you gained on the bike last season?

Never fear, there is always another option to freezing your little tootsies off on that long ride.

Turbo Trainer

If you are like me and love binge watching on Netflix, then using your turbo trainer will be perfect to catch up on the third series of Nar...

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