Friday, June 29, 2012

UK Clinics, Interviews & Rough Open Water Tips

Three items for you this week:

UK Clinics

SS head coaches Paul Newsome and Adam Young are across in the UK from Australia in July and August, and will be running three Swim Smooth clinics. Sign up quick, there won't be any more this year :

The main purpose of the trip is running our Coach Education courses and watching the Olympics, so we only have time for three clinics.

Triathlete Europe Interviews

Adam and Paul were recently interviewed in the June issue of Triathlete Europe magazine in their 'Industry Insider' feature. If you missed the mag and would like to find out a bit more about how Swim Smooth came to be and where we're heading, you can read the article here :

Triathlete Europe is a truly excellent magazine and also runs a very extensive news and training articles website :

Swimming In Open Water Is Just Like Swimming In The Pool, Isn't It?

Something we often hear on internet forums is that swimming in open water is just like swimming in the pool. Unfortunately it isn't!

What do you do when you turn up at a race and are faced with conditions like those pictured on the right? Our tips:
- Stay calm before the start and back yourself to cope.

- As soon as you're swimming, make sure you exhale smoothly into the water, this will help you relax and stay aerobic.

- Use a slightly straighter arm recovery to give you a greater arm clearance over the surface of the water.

- Focus on momentum in your stroke: shorten things a touch and keep a strong rhythm to help punch through waves and chop. This is a little like using a smaller gear on the bike, you turn over quicker but each stroke is easier to keep the effort level the same.

- Avoid over-gliding in your stroke at all costs or you will be swamped by waves and chop, and could end up being swept backwards!

- Enjoy the challenge and repeat to yourself a positive mantra that works for you, e.g. when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Cheesy but effective!

Remember that everyone finds swimming in rough conditions hard and swims slower than in flat conditions, even professional athletes. But cope well using the tips above and you will doing better than 90% of the field and will put a lot of time and distance into your competitors.

Whilst you may not be planning to be swimming in rough open water conditions, even a mirror flat lake will be churned into a lumpy, choppy mess by other swimmers in your race. For that reason a super-long pool stroke is rarely effective in open water.

Swim Smooth!

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