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Swim For Tri

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Helping people learn to swim, to swim faster, to swim further and of course in openwater.

Overview

SFT - Swim coach specialising in openwater. After a long career as an elite swimmer I switched to Triathlon in the late 90s and lots of people asked me how I swam like I did. I did not really know what to tell them. I knew a lot about swim technique having been fascinated for years but not how to teach/coach it. I was getting a little stale with my computing career so my sister and I set up www.swimfortri.com as she was already a swim teacher, having also been a competitive swimmer and did know a lot about teaching swimming. It worked well, that was 2002. I became qualified soon after but mostly provided demos and filming/technology to assist underwater swim analysis from my previous profession. We now teach people how to swim, to swim faster, to swim further and if they want openwater.

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We are best known for

Creating www.sessioninabottle.com' - Volunteering with the London Disability SC, Helping Eid the Syrian Refugee learn to swim then quickly accelerate towards the Olympics

We are inspired by
  • @bobbowman fast swimming, great coaching, ParaOlympians

We are passionate about
  • Great swimming technique, faster swimming, helping others.

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Our proudest achievement is

Working with and creating specialised swim accessories to help the members of the London Disability Swim Club. Eid the Syrian refugee who nearly drowned while fleeing (and has now won medals at a local swim meet.) It is a thoroughly rewarding career and when people accomplish their goals it is amazing to share their delight . Staying in business this long through some touch times.

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If you still have pool access, great

With Pools Closed here are 10things to focus on and help your swimming. Watch this for inspiration, a technically beautiful FC swimmer - Katie Ledecky Do this - our Mon and Wed Dryland stretch cords. Lots of sessions stored here from last year. Listen to this - FC tech podcast with Annie Emmerson who wa

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Mini Training Plan

So this has been a pretty popular yet simple training plan over the years to use in the run up to Xmas. I am going to progress it slightly so it has an added twist. Thanks to Mr Trew for the original concept. Join us in Italy in May if you fancy more of this kind of fun, challenging swimming on the Trew Training Camp. Try one of these

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Openwater to Pool

Why is my Open Water speed not transferring to the Pool? After extended lockdowns meaning longer OW swimming seasons and pool reopening we hope next week, some things to consider.You might have seen our ‘Why is my Pool speed not transferring to Open Water’ article and felt you suffered from the opposite phenomenon. This is the usual si

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time on your hands

With pools closed in the UK here are 10 things to focus on & help your swimmingWatch this for inspiration, a technically beautiful FC swimmer - Katie Ledecky Do this - our Mon and Wed Dryland stretch cords or email me for the zoom link. [email protected] to this - FC tech podcast with Annie Emmerson (from tomorrow ) who was not a n

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What Swimmers/Triathletes want.

If you attend a Tri specific pool fitness session as a swimmer or coach some of this might resonate. I am afraid I do not have all the answers to some of these dilemmas as some athletes are just uncoachable and will hop from one coach to the next expecting miracles. Hopefully if it gets you as a coach or athlete thinking then it might just h

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Slow Swimming

I have been challenging my swimmers for quite some time now (pre covid/lockdown) with a simple yet challenging swim drill. To be honest it is not really a drill just slowed down FC. However it is not as simple as it sounds if done well. Why would you do it? well most drills either restrict bad habits or encourage good, they challenge you to work h

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Fins and Paddles

Fins and Paddles is one of my favourite combinations of swim equipment. Great for that lovely combination we call technical endurance. Ideal as we slowly build up our fitness alongside our technique at the moment post lockdown. The paddles should be be big enough to allow a solid hold on the water but don’t forget to pull with the forearm as

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drill progression of the week

Sunday we were back at one of my favourite pools - LondonFields Lido. After a long warmup we went straight to the single arm drill as it is so effective & so good for all aspects of the full stroke. It is a 'fast' drill so will not allow swimmers to cool off in our openair lido but we allow it to flow into and out of full stroke to keep

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Drills Coupling

I have been working on the idea of combining swim drills to build a stronger full stroke recently. A few well-known coaches refer to improving the timing and coordination between the arms and legs as coupling. This concept is key to create a fluid full stroke but I feel that when two drills are linked/coupled together they can have a remarkably im

Show the one with the bottle on the head....I’ve failed every time unless it was a beer.....strange that
Scott Coey . 4 months ago

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swim style

'Dan, what style of swimming do you teach? Is it the abc method or the xyz?’ I don’t actually teach a style. We never have at SFT. I look at your range of motion, your imperfections, strengths and weaknesses and start to improve your swimming technique. Good, bad or having just learned to swim, you will perform the mechanics of a swimm

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Less pool time & more dryland training in 2021? Let’s hope not but what are my dryland options? The topic of my @VEnduranceConference lecture last month. Now available onYT. Link - youtu.be/G_JYcrjr1x8

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As pools reopen and swimming resumes here in the UK at least make sure you have a plan ! #openwater #triathlon #swimming #trainingplan 

The next best thing if you can’t join us at our sessions, except of course www.sessioninabottle.com ? all good options shall we say ! 

     https://store.swimfortri.co.uk

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Todays stretch cord session hastily being written up! enjoy. Not long until the pools reopen, keep your arms busy until then! 


All the 5s! rest 30 between the blocks of 5mins


5min easy warm up working on elbow pivot and EVF

4min strong / 1 min backstroke with light dumbbells

4min strong / 1 min fast FC

4min strong / 1 min backstroke with heavy dumbbells

4min strong / 1 min fast FC

4min strong / 1 min backstroke with light dumbbells

4min strong / 1 min fast FC

Strong is your choice today, fast & technical, slow and strong, solid pace - how are you feeling it?

5m easy recovery and stretch

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Our new run bottle is available, mini training plan across 5+1 sessions on the bottle, full support from the sessioninabottle.com website. We have a new run section. Order the 4pack for the pool this weekend and I will include a free run bottle.

www.swimfortri.co.uk/product/4-pack-sft-ita-drink-bottle/

Sessions created by our training camp head coach Steve Trew (Sydney Olympics GB Tri Coach.)

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As usual on the weekend just throwing in a little incentive (would be nice to make just one big trip to the PO on Monday) free coffee cup with each 4pack. #intelligenttraining #sessioninabottle be ready for when #swimmingpools reopen


www.swimfortri.co.uk/product/sft-intelligent-training-aid-drink-bottle/

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So as before, we will be running stretchcord swim sessions again during lockdown (here in the UK while pools close for November).


I will post them to youtube if you cannot make the live sessions. Check them out here - 


www.youtube.com/user/swimfortri/videos


Look out for the zoom invite soon or email [email protected]

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#weswam a variation on Silver Mainset 5 #sessioninabottle - Rest 30 between all swims until the 100s

500 fins and paddles 

400 FC breathing every 5th

300 pull& paddles , (PB in alternating up/down positions)

200 kick focus or Body position drills

100 build from 60 to 80% 

into 15 x 100m strong (at least as fast as the last previous 100), rest 20. 3km set

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Marc Jenkins raced at the Athens Olympics. Not the finish he wanted but listen in for some great Tri racing and coaching insights as he and his wife (World Champ Helen Jenkins) start coaching outfit JinxSports 


https://anchor.fm/swim-for-tri/episodes/30mins-with-Olympian-Marc-Jenkins--That-moment-at-the-Athens-Games--coaching-and-the-new-Jinx-Sport-concept-ekmhfp

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We spoke to one of the voices of Ironman and found out how she manages to talk for 9+ hours! welcome Joanne Murphy IM commentator, founder of TriTalkingSport and Galway Tri member - 


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Still waiting for your club/masters sessions to resume? we can help. Our training plans cover practically all #triathlon & #openwater distances. Make use of the free 2 week return to swimming plan to get started while getting familiar with swim training again 

https://app.swimfortri.co.uk

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Great work Swim For Tri . Looks awesome. 
Damien Dau . 4 months ago

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If you still have pool access, great

With Pools Closed here are 10things to focus on and help your swimming. Watch this for inspiration, a technically beautiful FC swimmer - Katie Ledecky Do this - our Mon and Wed Dryland stretch cords. Lots of sessions stored here from last year. Listen to this - FC tech podcast with Annie Emmerson who wa

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