3 Reasons to Not Completely Disregard “3 Reasons You Should Be Doing More Kick”

I was checking out my company’s Facebook page this morning and saw that my office manager had posted an article entitled “3 Reasons You Should Be Doing More Kick.”  To preempt any comments such as “I’m a triathlete.  I thought that I wasn’t supposed to kick.”, I thought I would put…

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Misconceptions on the Freestyle Straight-Arm Recovery

I was going through my stack of swimming rags yesterday, and I came across an interesting analysis of the straight-arm recovery in freestyle in Swimming World’s December, 2014 issue (“Freestyle Straight-Arm Recovery” by Rod Havriluk).  The article’s main intent is to put to the test the conventional wisdom that a…

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Tempo vs. Speed — Why improving efficiency makes a faster stroke feel slower

When I was teaching Week 4 of my Monday night triathlon swimming class for the Chicago Triathlon Club, I had a swimmer ask me why she felt slower after we had started to rework her timing, balance, and vessel shape.  I’ve introduced the Total Immersion Perpetual Motion Freestyle stroke drills…

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