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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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The Universe Breathes Us

I Love the notion that there is more than one way to look at something and that a simple shift in how we look at it can open us up to a new or deeper understanding. The most common challenge … Continue reading

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Swim Tools

Kick board with fins or flipflops underneath it to prop up the board, water proof notebook, water proof pen, tempo trainer, and watch with a stopwatch feature. Write out the practice. Determine todays goals and/or intentions for the session and … Continue reading

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Easy Breathing, Create a Bow Wave

Notice the wave in front of the head and the opening it creates around the face. Plenty of air there! Keep the head in line with the spine, torso, horizontal to the water. By keeping the head low, aligned, and … Continue reading

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Swimming Fast, let it happen

My swim notes, a little messy but very telling. For the past 2 months I have been very committed to my swimming. Over time I have drifted away from planning my own swims, though I have written many swim practices … Continue reading

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Trust Your Body

What would happen if you let go of the diet or anything that suggest you can’t trust your own body, that you are separate- mind and body- and that you need to be managed or controlled in some way? What … Continue reading

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Nothing By Chance

Just after finishing Xterra Worlds w Dave DeSantis   I finished 4th place in my age category at the Xterra off-road World Championship triathlon by 2 seconds. Click-click. Passed at the finish line by another woman in my age category. … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Racing

I recently did a triathlon and won as overall woman. But it’s not the win that moved me it was that I had realized I was giving up on myself and was able to turn it around. As I was … Continue reading

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Balance, our true nature!

Here’s to the Warrior III and Crane Poses! Balance is our true nature! Since committing to my home yoga program and adding in the warrior III and crane poses, they have become my favorite poses. I feel like they have … Continue reading

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Resting Heart Rate

  Resting heart rate is how many times your heart is beating per minute while lying still. The best time to find your resting heart rate is first thing in the morning before getting up and going about your day. … Continue reading

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Swimming as Asanas

In yoga the poses are referred to as Asanas. I like to think of swimming as a sequence of Asanas that flow from one pose into another. The same Asanas repeat, and as a result of the flow and timing … Continue reading

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It’s A Weight Thing

Mountain biking is a lot about weight, balance, a onenes with the bike. And I don’t mean, like spiritually, well maybe it could be. But thinking the bike is an extension of the body. Having a constant sense of where … Continue reading

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Swimming, Breathing

When swimming, keep breathing! Breathing seems to be the number one challenge for people new to swimming. Breathing is not something we think about until we get in the water. In the water, we now have to think about when … Continue reading

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Open Water Season

Yahoo, it’s open water season and time to get outta the pool. But do be wise in finding friends to swim with for fun, and for safety. Wear colorful caps, and get a swim buoy to tow along. The buoy … Continue reading

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How Far Can You Go

It’s not pain we feel when we are pushing the body, unless of course you fell and broke something, but sensation, an aliveness in the body. Pushing the body is the body going full tilt, all cells on deck, all … Continue reading

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Trainng That Matters

No point in training a tired body. If you are tired, cut back on the volume, or on the intensity, or maybe a little of both, or skip it altogether. Or turn that Trainng session into a pure skills based … Continue reading

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The Best Swims

This morning as I swam at the university pool it crossed my mind that my best swims are the ones I feel connected to my body and that I have made some improvement from my first stroke all the way … Continue reading

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The Two Beat Kick

I have been playing with what I have been calling the hip shift drill for a few years now to help swimmers engage their core while swimming. I have along the way realized that this is also a great tool … Continue reading

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The “Dreadmill” in the Mind

One athlete I am working with recently made a remark about the snow getting in the way of her training and that she’d have to use the “dread mill.” It’s not a “Dread mill” unless you look at it that … Continue reading

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Get OutSide in the Off-Season!

Ah yes, winter season, the off-season for many athletes, like myself in the Northeast. A good time to do something different to give body, mind, and soul a little rest. A shift is great to keep yourself fresh, but it’s … Continue reading

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You On the Sidelines or in The Arena?

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; … Continue reading

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Big Rocks!

Confidence in yourself to make it through challenging situations, through awareness Looking up and slightly ahead-down the trail, I caught a glimpse of a river crossing. Then heard some splash, bump n grind of my fellow riders as they went … Continue reading

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It’s Ok to Keep Your Swim Simple

When planning to go to the pool for your swim keep this in mind: what you do for your swim practice does not need to be complicated, keep it simple. Think about one intention and one goal for the swim. … Continue reading

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Law of Least Effort

I woke early this morning, early enough to get to the pool to swim during morning lap time versus noon lap time. I hurried out the door after a small bowl of steel cut oats I had cooked earlier in … Continue reading

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Competition!

Xterra World’s Maui 2013 We have all heard that competition is 90% mental and if you haven’t heard this well then, competition is 90% mental. Being in a competitive event is largely mental not so much physical. The body is … Continue reading

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Easy Freestyle Weekend Workshop, June 22-23, Montreal

June 22-23, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday) – This two-day course takes you through all the Total Immersion drills and numerous strategies for full stroke mechanics.  We give you the skills to take home to build your stroke the Kaizen way.  Over … Continue reading

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Embrace It!

Triathlete J’aime embracing winter running in New England Anticipating the alarm, I lay in the darkness of a winter morning. Knowing it will go off at any moment, but not knowing the actual time. No point in getting up before … Continue reading

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Easy Freestyle Weekend Workshop, Clemson University, April 26-27

April 26-27, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday) – This two-day course takes you through all the Total Immersion drills and numerous strategies for full stroke mechanics.  We give you the skills to take home to build your stroke the Kaizen way.  Over … Continue reading

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Xterra Worlds 2013

Coming out of T2 at Xterra Worlds 2013. Just a little dusty! Loving it! A few years ago, 2011, when I got to this spot on the race course I was almost done the bike portion. At this moment, October … Continue reading

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Save the “Push,” Focus on the “Pull”

                                                  Save the “Push”, Focus on the “Pull” As an athlete and a Triathlon coach for … Continue reading

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Peak Over the Edge…

Today I had an athlete I am coaching ask if she should take Tylenol, acetaminophen (ACT), before the start of an Olympic Distance Triathlon. Her reasoning being is that she had read a study that taking ACT boosted performance by masking the perception … Continue reading

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Lose Weight, Get Faster with Heart Rate Training

  If you want to lose weight, get a heart rate monitor and get moving. The best way to utilize body fat is exercising at an aerobic maximum heart rate. This can be achieved with a simple formula. Take 180 and … Continue reading

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Daring Greatly (guest post)by Jane Bridges

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A BFA Swim: Waterlemon Cay, USVI

      Swimming with Friends @ Waterlemon Cay, USVI Thursday has become a traditional hike to Waterlemon Cay for a swim during TriathlonSkills/Total Immersion Open Water Camps on St John in the USVI. It starts with getting there. It’s … Continue reading

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Avoid Freaking out, Practice!

  Ah Spring!  Time to get out of the pool and into the open water to practice your swim skills.  Triathletes of all level of skill and fitness really need to get in the open water prior to their first … Continue reading

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No “Athlete Pass” To Nutrition

During my USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach Certification at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego in early 2000, our class was told that a “calorie is a calorie.” The nutritionist who was scheduled to speak was not able to … Continue reading

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Spring: Fueling For Riding

How nice that the weather is getting nicer, the roads dryer and the days longer. Gotta love spring! It’s time to get out there and ride, get in shape for the season or just change your sport from skiing to … Continue reading

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Couch Potatoes Rule

The snow is falling, and I am still in my PJs on Sunday afternoon at 1:30. I haven’t done any physical activity except sit-up straight at my desk as I write and work on my computer. I am not in … Continue reading

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