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Saturday Swim Session: Grant Holicky’s Open Water Training Set for Christine Jennings

This is based off a session put together by Grant Holicky who specialised in coaching Open Water swimmers and triathletes. This session is great for swimmers and triathletes preparing for longer, open water swims.

Tuesday Training Plan: Getting Started With Swimming Beginner Training Plan

When you improve your swimming you will have accomplished something very special.
Designed for Beginner triathletes who are looking to improve their swimming fitness, the primary goal of this training plan is to ENHANCE YOUR swimming.

Saturday Swim Session: Swim Smooth’s Perfect Pyramid

This is a steady endurance building session. This session has been designed for swimmers and triathletes returning to the pool who are wanting to further develop their endurance.

COVID-19: How to Swim Train When The Pools Are Closed

Currently here in New Zealand I’m reasonably isolated from the effects of COVID-19 with only 20 reported cases and my local pool is still open and operating. Unfortunately that isn’t the case for athletes all around the world I’m arranging Skype calls with my Northern Hemisphere triathletes and swimmers who I coach to put into place alternative plans for them. Here are my suggestions and recommendations for continuing to work on your swim fitness whilst your local pool is closed.

Saturday Swim Session: The Threshold Set

Holding pace for a large number of reps, is always challenging and this session is no exception. You will reap the benefits of improved swimming threshold though, so the effort will be worth it. This session is perfect for Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes or people doing longer Ocean Swims.

Saturday Swim Session: Sprints & Stamina

Within this session I’ve included some longer reps for stamina and some shorter reps to build your sprint speed. This session is perfect for Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes or people doing longer Ocean Swims.

Clatters Chatter: First Swim Back

I’m going to go to the pool today, after I have finished my exam to relax myself and have a bit of enjoyment. The first time swimming in three months takes a toll on you and can really wear you…

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