The things we want most in life tend to take time.
If you want to achieve your goals badly enough, much persistence might be needed and you may require several attempts to make it.
Be patient and don’t give up. Don’t push for too much, too soon. Build your base, which takes time. Refine your technique. Enjoy your progress, even in those dark winter days when you’re tired and everything is a hard slog.
Swimming and triathlon can be two very lonely sports.
As athletes we should not forget that we remain reliant on our relationships with other people.
For some it is possible to proceed alone, to operate within a silo, but the most successful athletes succeed by leveraging their relationships. They rely on partners, children, Moms and Dads, friends, training partners and more.
Don’t focus on the “I”, consider the “we” and the “us” – the payoff is exponential.
We don’t have to be lone wolves. Not only do we have our friends and families but countless connections across social media networks who can help and inspire.
Use your relationships to maximize the benefits across all elements of your life.
Steady pace throughout for the main set please. Work on being consistent. Warm down consists of high quality drill work with plenty of rest. Quality not quantity is key in a swim workout, so if you run out of time just do fewer 50s.
Warm up: 4 x 100 as 25 Kick, 25 Drill, 50 Free
Main Set: 4 x 200 30 secs rest. Steady pace throughout. Build #4 to fast effort.
2 x 300 breathe every 3-5 Strokes by 50
Keeping it simple, here’s two quick tips that will help your freestyle technique, and thus your swimming.
Position your head correctly and your body will follow. Streamlined form means efficient swimming. Lift your head and your feet will drop. Leave your head too low and you create resistance with the heaviest part of your body.
Relax your head and neck. The water should break on your forehead. Look forward and down~45 degrees.
If you look too far forward it will put strain on your neck and cause your legs to drag.
Finish your stroke
When swimmers fatigue, the tendency is to shorten your stroke, finishing the pull by your hips rather than down your thigh. Each time you do that, you miss out on a significant portion of each stroke.
More strokes per length means more work. Don’t shorten your stroke, keep it long – both in front (by reaching) and behind by finishing the pull down your thigh.
You should feel the burn in your triceps as you work on this!