When typing, I tried to not giggle. “Expert” And “Swimming” All of this and more in one sentence. My brother, who is the true swimmer in our family, is actually giving me the big familial eye roll as he reads it. This is for the record: I’m not an expert swimmer.
As a child, I took swimming lessons and participated in one season of the swim team. My brother beat me at either the end of the summer or the next autumn and I retired. It was the end. The end. It’s the end.
In high school and college, I was a pool lifeguard. It was the best job! When I was a teenager, I started swimming again to train for a triathlon. This was when I realized that I wasn’t a good swimmer and could swim to different places. This is what I call an “adult-onset” swimmer.
The majority of triathletes are horrible swimmers. Please don’t be offended – I am not trying to be rude or calling anyone names. I am a “terrible swimmer”, and my Ironman swim time is acceptable. Ironman swims take an average of 1:18. This is exactly how I swim at Ironman Lake Placid. I am average. However, I am a beginner swimmer. I swim with a coach. I’m not suggesting that you do something I wouldn’t do.
It is amazing how beautiful this lake looks. It gets even more difficult when you add 2000 of your closest friends.
I am an Ironman triathlon coach. I can give you swimming workouts. You could also have me help you develop a plan to increase your distance from where are at the moment to your desired race distance. This would be a great plan. If you’re a complete beginner and making obvious mistakes, I can offer some tips to help you improve your technique. I can explain swim drills to you. There is a huge (huge, cavernous, and gigantic) difference between my abilities and the capabilities of a great swim coach. An excellent swim coach is essential for swimmers who want to improve their swimming skills.
Where is the advice? Amy, enough with all the blather. You bore me. You bore me.
My advice to improve your triathlon swim is simple: SwimJourney’s Swimming School in Singapore can give swimming advice and lessons. It could be one-on-one lessons, or group lessons, or master’s courses. Make sure your triathlon coach has a solid swimming background before giving you advice. There are many of them out there, but I have found that very few of them started their career as swimmers.
Swimming is very technical. It can be difficult to see, understand, and even teach. If you’re like me, you need someone who has spent their entire life in and around pools. Someone who just watches videos of swim and then spends their time reading about swim swam articles. A pool rat is what you want. It is preferable to have a pedigree. My current coach is an NCAA all-American swimmer. I listen when he tells you that I am doing something wrong.
This is a very important point. My personal opinion is that it’s not possible to learn to swim by watching videos or reading books. You need someone else to look at what you’re doing and provide feedback. It is a simple fact that you cannot see yourself swimming, no matter what you do. It can be difficult to find an in-person coach. If you are unable to find an in-person coach, find someone who will watch your videos and give feedback.
This is done through US Masters Swimming. www.usms.org There is a list of Adult Learn To Swim instructors. You can find out more about the US Masters Swim Team here. Master does not mean that you are a master swimmer.
A YMCA may also offer to learn to swim classes if it has an aquatic center.
Total Immersion is another way to find a swimming instructor. www.totalimmersion.net We have a great TI instructor in Miami. He also offers in-person lessons. Gary Fahey is a local instructor and a one hour lesson with him is well worth the cost.
Many triathletes, and even triathlon coaches, will tell you that the swim is the most difficult part of the event. This is also the most difficult part of the event, as it requires you to hold your breath and can lead to drowning. Personally, I don’t listen. I kept them in a mental file called “People who wish to help me but don’t really care”
This was the beginning of Ironman Florida 2015. You’re in there somewhere. You want to be able to swim well enough to say, “Bring it on!”
You will see many reluctant swimmers standing at the start line for any Ironman or 70.3 race. They are simply going to swim the swim, then try to get to their bike and run. This is an error, according to my educated opinion. Swimming is an extremely technical skill. Swimming involves every muscle in your body. It can have a huge impact on the rest of your race if you are not prepared for an Ironman swim.
My personal goal is to complete the swim distance in no time. My personal goal is not to be afraid of the harsh water conditions. If you are my coach athlete, my personal goal is to see you finish your Ironman swim smiling and confident.
Another rough water swims that I did in North Miami Beach. Because the current was so strong, lifeguards made us walk up the beach to avoid swimming against it. It was fun.
This article makes me feel stern and bossy. It feels like I am being too serious. I created a fun quiz that I hope will help you determine if swimming coaching would be beneficial to you.
Green Light Benchmark to determine if you don’t require swim lessons.
Here’s a benchmark to help you get started. Swim lessons are not necessary if you can swim 100 meters from a push (no diving), in about 1:30. Move on if you pass. A swim coach can help you make progress if your swimming is slow at 2:30/100 meters.
This fun quiz will test your knowledge if you have a 100-yard time of more than 1:30. If you know these things or have taken swim lessons, then you don’t need to take them.