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Commitment

As I was unpacking my bags from the weekend, I found a small, half eaten bag of potatoe chips leftover from Friday afternoons lunch at the farmstand/deli in western Massachusetts. I had stopped for lunch on my way to a … Continue reading

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Unfamiliar Race Venue by Jacques Adam

In my last guest blog, I explained how open water swimming in a race was different from pool swimming and for most athletes, certainly more stressful.  My last race a few weeks ago, the IM 70.3 Whistler, was a venue … Continue reading

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Wrestling in the Arena-Swim Run Quebec

I was so excited to be done. Running to the finish line, the next women was more than 100 yards behind me. At this point I had 15k of trail running and 2100 k of lake swimming done. Going left … Continue reading

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ITU Worlds Experience

  (This is the second guest blog from Athlete Terri Bower, who is now preparing for Ironman with the aim to qualify for Kona 2019. Terri participated this July in the ITU-International Triathlon Union-World Championship. Athletes have to qualify then travel to compete … Continue reading

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Resting in the Lap of the Buddha

On the second loop of the swim, crossing the width of the lake, I sighted forward. It then appeared to me I was in the middle of the lake, completely alone. At least that’s how I perceived it in that moment. … Continue reading

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Triathlon: Travel Tips for Competing Internationally

Competing Internationally By Terri Bower (Terri just competed in ITU Worlds in Demark representing the USA as a member of Team USA Triathlon. Here she shares some travel tips.) The ITU Worlds in Denmark was my first international triathlon completion. And, … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Mind Training-Practice Open Water

Swimming Blog No.2 by Jacques Adam I recently completed my 25th Half-Iron distance triathlon at Mont Tremblant.  Despite my experience and reasonable competence at swimming, I still have an initial reaction of anxiety whenever I prepare for the swim.  The … Continue reading

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T1: Transition Out of the Wetsuit ASAP

Saturday, June 23, 2018 I was watching the half ironman at the White Mountain Triathlon as I waited the start of the olympic event I was doing. What I saw was several athletes coming into transition with their wetsuit, cap … Continue reading

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The Dangers, Challenges and Beauty of Tri-training in Alaska

   (This is a guest post from Jill Griffin who lives and trains in Anchorage Alaska) Last week I went to Cape Cod for a few days to visit a friend after going to my son’s college graduation in Boston. … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Triathlete Jacques Adams

This is a guest post from my friend, fellow triathlete, and Total Immersion swimmer Jacques Adams. I met Jacques 14+ years ago, then was in his company in March 2018 in Montreal. He shared this story with the group of … Continue reading

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Pressed for Pool Time

I thought I had another week, but just found out the pool was going to close this Wednesday after the morning swim instead of next Wednesday’s 7-8:30 a.m. window. Then a four week pool drought would commence. Having been on … Continue reading

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Weekend Workshop, Private Lessons

I just taught a weekend workshop in Sudbury, MA at the Atkinson community pool, nice facility, lovely staff, with fellow TI coach of 15 years Cathy Adams. First step is floating and balance. No matter what level of swimmer the … Continue reading

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Swimming is Swimming, Meditation is Meditation

Swimming is not meditation. Meditation is not swimming. Though people say swimming is like meditation it is not. More accurate is to say we can swim with the mind of mediation. Which is to say we can swim with a … Continue reading

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First Step: Feeling Your Ballast

First step in swimming effortlessly is to have faith or trust the water- slowly, gradually feel it support you. How? Surrender your weight to the water. You will know it when you feel it, can’t think it. Feeling your ballast. … Continue reading

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The Messenger

What I have learned is the messenger is the message. That is live it, practice it, embody it, not a façade, but to be that. With integrity and compassion through awareness, practice. Everything, everyone is the opportunity to practice living … Continue reading

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Listen to Your Gut

The holidays may not be relaxing and comfy for everyone. If this is you, here is something to try to help you relax and stay in your body. In times of stress it can be easy to bolt or hide. … Continue reading

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Unknown and New

Each day, if I am payng attention, is the beginning. Each day something unknown can happen. A new awareness, something I didn’t know or recognize the day before. I never really know what’s going to happen. I can have a … Continue reading

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Self Study

Mindfulness and meditation seem to be the new buzz words, the new thing, the new kale. I see it in magazine articles, blog posts, newsletters, books, podcasts, etc as discussions and explanations. Yay! We all need it. We all can … Continue reading

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Organic Electrolyte Drink

Organic Electrolyte Lemonade Drink Looking for an alternative to all the sugary chemical drinks out there! This is my favorite and simple organic drink. 1 cup Organic Coconut Water 1 Tblsp Fresh Squeezed Organic Lemon- strain the pulp, or to … Continue reading

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Puppy Mind, Dog Mind

Have you ever had the pleasure of teaching a puppy to sit and stay? They don’t. Well, not right away. You can plop them down and they immediately get up to wander, sniff, explore, and play. You do not expect … Continue reading

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Reverse Triangle: Your Swim Core-Length

REVERSE TRIANGLE POSE I love Yoga and how well the poses relate to sports. Here I am sharing reverse triangle because I love how the pose is about lengthening the spine and rotating the upper body “into” the front leg. … Continue reading

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This Is What We Came For

It was starting to look like I should bag this whole race idea and go home. My plan was to leave the house by 6:30 a.m. to get to the race by 8 a.m. leaving me time to pre-ride the … Continue reading

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Effortless Swimming Takes Effort

Putting in extra time in the pools after a group swim practice. Effortless swimming takes effort. I know, I have been working at it for over 16 years since I became a Total Immersion coach. Elbow grease. Practice. Learning takes … Continue reading

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We Pass Through Awkward

I often congratulate swimmers when they tell me they feel a little awkward when working on a new skill. What they are practicing may be more efficient or more fluid. It may be a better movement, but the movement feels … Continue reading

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Exhale

  Exhale under the water. This weekend I gave a swim lesson to a woman who had been to several other swim instructors but, felt she wasn’t making any progress in her attempt to learn to swim.  By the time … Continue reading

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Hydration part II

Just after I posted my blog about staying hydrated by addressing keeping the skin hydrated a reader/athlete/friend pointed out a few more things he does to keep his skin hydrated when swimming, so with his permission I am sharing. “Well, this … Continue reading

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Skin Hydration for a Healthy Immune System

Winter is dry. The air is dry. Hydration becomes more important, surprisingly, than in the warmer months. Why? It is easy to miss how dry we can be. It is not just losing moisture in sweat, but also losing moisture to … Continue reading

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Fat Bike, Commute, Ski

Sweaty but very, very happy!   The Coop was in the shop, needing a battery, and the snow was great. I couldn’t miss it. So, I pulled out Hellga and loaded up the back pack. Back in the early 90’s … Continue reading

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Seriously Out of Your Comfort Zone

Carol Leaps Off the Raft!! Each year do at least one thing that gets you seriously out of your comfort zone. It is so easy as we get older to stop challenging ourselves physically. As the body grows older we … Continue reading

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Failure

I just read another story about failure. Story line: Fail leads to success- once you fail pick yourself up and the next thing you know you have made millions. Yes, agree, to a point. But…first you have to recognize your resistance or … Continue reading

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The Middle Way

Neither good nor bad, just is. In my book The Truth Inside I write about not judging things, ourselves or others as good or bad. There is a middle way when we don’t judge, things “just are”. Recently I was … Continue reading

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Training or Exercise

Training and exercise are not the same. We do need to have physical activity- exercise- in our lives as part of being healthy, but we don’t need to train. I know it can be just semantics, but they are different. … Continue reading

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Instinctual Eating: trusting your body

Instinctual eating is listening to and trusting the bodies biological need for food. There is so much information out there about what to eat to be healthy, to lose weight, to manage type 2 diabetes or to fuel for sports. … Continue reading

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The Justifying Ape

I was reading Elizabeth Gilberts latest book Big Magic in which she refers to we humans as the creative ape. She is refering to our ability to create and make things. True, we are creative, we have made many things … Continue reading

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The Eating or the Anxiety?

Eating when you feel anxious or stressed doesn’t mean you need to change the eating. Eating is the sign, the symptom. Address the anxiety or the stress first. Anxiety and stress come from thinking about something, something you don’t want … Continue reading

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More About the Catch

Melissa shows good form as she Stand Up Paddles, SUP. Put the paddle in, then hold it steady as you press the top of the paddle forward-left hand. hold steady with the low side of the paddle-right hand, not letting … Continue reading

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Mastery: 2 Beat Kick

Mastery: The 2 beat kick The most challenging thing about the 2 beat kick is it isn’t a kick like we think of kick. In swimming most of us think of the legs moving back and forth non-stop. But in … Continue reading

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Swimming Is Not Linear

“Learning Swimming is not linear”-said Beth this on the last day of the 6week adult swim program at Plymouth State University. This was her response when I had asked the group what they had learned during these last 6 weeks. … Continue reading

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Getting Off The Road

Adding mountain biking to your weekly triathlon training can be beneficial both mentally and physically. Mentally it can toughen you up- a hill on the road is cake compared to a hill in the woods. Hitting the dirt trails can … Continue reading

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Pull Buoy and Paddles

This August, 2016, I will be participating in the Casco Bay Swim Run event off the coast of Maine. This type of event is very popular in Europe and now making it’s way to the states, known as the Otilla. … Continue reading

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