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Member Question: Half Ironman Swim Program for Beginner

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photoI downloaded a 20 week program, obviously I would not want to jump in the swimming volume since the plan assumes I have already been swimming. Can you suggest an alternative?

October 2009 Swim Chat with Coach Kevin Koskella

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photoDiscussions on a good stroke count, getting faster on the swim, swim drills to get faster, recommended swim drill time and 'my wetsuit is making me slow'.

Member Question: Restarting Swim Training After Time Off

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photoHow long will it take before I start seeing some improvements? I have only been swimming for about a week and can go a maximum of 75 to 100m freestyle before I have to stop or use another stroke.

Ask the Swim Coach: Problems with Swim Breathing

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photoI feel as if I am working very hard to actually breath especially on my right side. I also am not sure that I have the correct arm and hip rotation as it feels like I am fighting the water. Any help?

Ask the Swim Coach: How do I Swim Faster?

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photo I can swim long with ease and have decent endurance, but I have a race coming up and I don't want to be last anymore. Help?

Ask the Swim Coach: My Triceps Hurt While Swimming

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photoI've just got back in the pool from a 2 week break and my triceps are killing me the whole time I am swimming. Wondering if someone has any ideas or tips to correct?

4000 Yard Intermediate Swim Workouts

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photoThis month we hit the 4,000-yard marker! This will likely be your peak yardage. Drills still make up about 15% of each workout, and we’re continuing with some advanced-level training.

3750 Yard Intermediate Swim Workouts

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photoThe focus this month will be on decreasing stroke count and breathing on your weaker side. We’re getting into some pretty advanced-level workouts.

February 2009 Swim Training Chat with Coach Kevin Koskella

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photoDiscussions on pull buoys and paddles, the backstroke, speedwork and drills to avoid the windmill arms.

3500 Yard Intermediate Swim Workouts

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photoThe focus this month will be on increasing speed in combination with decreasing stroke count. We're starting to get into some serious yardage.

January 2009 Swim Training Chat with Coach Kevin Koskella

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photoDiscussions on swimming post surgery, straight arm recovery, the top 3 errors in stroke technique, importance of kicking, swimming like a barge and swim golf for further improvement.

3250 Yard Intermediate Swim Workouts

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photoThis month, drills make up about 15% of each workout, and we’re adding in a bit of sprinting/anaerobic work.

Beginner Swimmers: Common Swim Questions

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photoAre you a new swimmer starting your triathlon training? Here are some top answers to member questions as you begin your triathlon swim training.

December 2008 Swim Training Chat with Coach Kevin Koskella

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photoDiscussions on further swim improvements, spicing up endurance swims, kicking for triathlon, pull buoy usage, not moving while kicking and rest intervals for fast/short sets.

3000 Yard Intermediate Swim Workouts

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photoThis month, the focus will be on building your aerobic base while improving or maintaining stroke technique.
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I'm at http://www.TriSwimCoach.com,a resource for beginning through intermediate level triathletes looking for help with swimming. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. I have also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” and created "The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD", both available on www.triswimcoach.com.

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