Group Swim Etiquette

: Masters teams are where you get faster. Here is a guide to Masters culture and behavior for the triathlete.

Guppy Challenge: Week 9

: Two weeks to go! Who has made it this far? Have you had to take a week off? More? No problem. The end will be there when you get there.

How to Position your Head while Swimming

: By lifting the head, our hips automatically sink down. The body takes on a slight incline from head to toe, perhaps 7 to 10 degrees, as the swimmer labors through the water.

Guppy Challenge: Week 8

: We finally have something here we’ve never gotten before: a bunch of people posting swim videos of themselves, looking for instruction.

Guppy Challenge: Week 7

: There were 17 Critique-my-fit threads on our forum in 2016. How come so few Critique-my-swim requests?

Guppy Challenge: Week 6

: No more thought experiments. Now it's just practicing the drills and themes that we learned during the first half of this challenge.

Guppy Challenge: Week 5

: Are you able to perform one-arm pulls as described? If so, you are swimming hip-driven freestyle! Now let's begin to focus on how you pull.

Guppy Challenge: Week 4

: You retain the vestigial behaviors from the time you were still struggling with learning to breathe to the side. Let's deal with those.

Guppy Challenge: Week 3

: When you have a hard time doing these drills you should rejoice! They expose problems, and we can't cure what we can't identify.

Guppy Challenge: Week 2

: Improving your hull is an exercise in 2 planes: feet on the surface (vertical plane); and feet moving forward, not side to side (horizontal plane).

Stalling in the water

: The bane of the untutored swimmer is stalling in the water. Does this describe you? Here are two tests to unearth this problem, and the solutions if you're among the afflicted.

Guppy Challenge: Week 1

: It's week-1 of the Guppy Challenge. Goal? Exit the swim with a faster class of athletes

Run and Swim Winter Challenges

: Our annual 100/100 Run Challenge begins December 15, and our Guppy Challenge kicks off December 1.

Swim Paraphernalia

: Swimming faster truly is uniquely free speed, where going faster can cost you less metabolically. Herein are cheap pathways to free speed.

A (Not So) Secret Swim Weapon

: Triathletes are usually up on the latest single-sport training aids and techniques. But they don't know about this.

Crossing the Sun's Anvil

: There is a long, straight, dry stretch in front of me. Almost 2 months mostly out of the pool. Can I keep my swim fitness?

Magnolia Swim Camp

: Here is an inside look at how a group of professional triathletes prepare in Texas under the guidance of Tim Floyd to up their game in the swim.

Swim nomenclature

: The community of swimmers brings its own lingo to the pool. Here's your guide to swimming nomenclature along with a bit of etiquette throw in, no charge.

Flip Turns

: The right of passage for every triathlete swimmer, only slightly less feared than being suspended by bone daggers embedded into one's pectorals.

Safe in the Water

: If cardiac arrest is the proximate cause of our sport's drownings, what triggers cardiac arrest precisely when our athletes are in the swim leg of a triathlon? Are these behaviors over which you ...

Exit the Swim Alive

: Part 1 of a 4-part series on how to reduce sudden cardiac death on triathlon, in particular during the swim leg. How effective is cardiac testing at predicting cardiac arrest? What can you ...

What do I do with my hands while swimming?

: It seems like a simple question. Yet, I am surprised by how many people don’t quite know what to do with their hands either underwater on the pull or above water on the recovery. For both parts of ...

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