Swimming

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Total Immersion Open Water Clinic – Ko Olina Lagoon, HI 11/2/2013

Location: Ko Olina  Lagoon #4 HI.Tuition: $59 –  *($49 early registration before October 4, 2013) – (please note, meals/lodging are not included)Payment type: mail-in or pay palContact: For more information please contact Celeste – admin@TriathlonSkills.com Learn 3 skills to improve: * effortless … Continue reading

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All Levels: Adult Swim Skills – Evergreen Sports Center

Learn to swim with ease!  Develop your fitness and enjoy the company of other swimmers. Adult Swim: Wednesday Nights: at Evergreen Sports Center. Time: 5:30-6:30 pm   Learn to swim with ease this winter by starting with this introduction to … 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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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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Easy Freestyle Workshop: Loon Mt. May 3-4

Easy Freestyle Weekend Workshop May 3-4, 2014 Lincoln, NH Location: Mountain Club on Loon Resort, 90 Loon Mtn Rd, Lincoln, NH. 03251 Tuition: $495 Payment type: check or credit card Contact: For more information please contact Celeste admin@TriathlonSkills.com  Description: This two-day … Continue reading

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Easy Freestyle Workshop: Loon Mt. July 13-14

July 13-14, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday) – This two-day course takes you through all the Total Immersion drills and numerous strategies for full stroke mechanics resulting in a freestyle that is faster, easier, and more efficient for the long haul. … 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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