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Well done for all of your efforts last week in the prime number set.  It was a tough set, especially for lanes 2 and 3, so well done for sticking with it.  Also, well done for coping with the change of lanes.  It can be a little disorienting to have to cope with a different size of lane and turn the opposite way round but it is good practice to mix it up as well as allowing Doug and myself to have a different look at your stroke.

For those of you that follow 220 Triathlon on Twitter you may have seen their tweet this week about Dave Scott’s top tips for improving your triathlon swimming.  It is not a new article, and I have written about it before, but I still like it and I think it is always good to be reminded every once in a while about the basics.  I especially like the comments about keeping your hand entry a little bit wider and the visualisation of the eyeball in your elbow to help you remember to keep your elbows high underwater.  The high cadence drills of head-up frontcrawl and straight-arm recovery are good for practising exactly these and we will be doing them again this week.

The main set this week will be some steady-paced 150s with some 200 pursuit swims to inject some speed at the end of the session.  Please do use the opportunity on the steadier-paced swims to think about that nice high elbow (try Dave Scott’s eyeball visualisation) and also trying to keep that going when you increase your stroke rate on the faster swims.

See you Saturday,

Rob

I am now back from holiday and doing the usual Saturday morning routine.  While I was away I saw Dave Scott’s excellent article in 220 Magazine with some great triathlon training tips but I especially liked his swimming tips, which if you missed them you can read here.

I think his advice is spot on and covers all the basics for good technique and triathlon performance.  His particular advice on imagining an eye ball in your elbow and keeping it looking at the sides of the pool is a good way of reminding yourself to keep those elbows high at the catch.  I know some of you have heard this before, and found it useful, but if you haven’t do try it this week during the session to ensure you’re swimming as efficiently as possible.

This week we will be doing the Brownlee set of 1-5 progressively-paced 100s we did a couple of months ago.  Use the slower-paced swims to make sure you think about your technique and then trying to hold it as you increase the pace to race pace and faster!

See you Saturday,

Rob

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