It can be uncomfortable, undesirable and evoke fear of the unknown, which often leads to lower enjoyment of training, knocking down your confidence and create frustration in one’s overall abilities to compete.
It’s also the element of triathlon that demands excellence in technique the most. Combine that with being an unnatural environment for staying focused — it’s monotonous, easy to get out of breath, hard to count and remember your distance — it’s no wonder that swimming is the least favourite.
Staying focused on your technique in training is VITAL to improving your skills and speed.
That doesn’t mean you need to have laser-like focus, on every aspect, 100% of the time in the water, but it does mean knowing where your weakest link is and being sure you direct your attention to turning that into your strength. As many of you know, swimming is as much about reducing inefficiencies as much as it is about building power and speed.
So how do you do that?
In my opinion, you must have a coach. Someone who can see what you’re doing and quickly diagnosis a path to improvement. Someone who will direct your inner game and build focus on the exact part of your stroke that needs it.
One of the best teachers I know for turning around triathlon swimmers is Kevin Koskella of TriSwimSecrets.com. The former All-American swimmer, Kevin is an expert in building triathlon swim skills in methodical, purposeful progression.
His teaching is simple, straightforward and sound. And his results are proven and profound – consistently helping triathletes to shave 5-10 minutes off their racing splits.
What’s brilliant is all his teaching, instruction and feedback is done online so no matter where you are, you can get his personal, expert advice. Plus the site is loaded with great videos to show exactly what’s required. I find this invaluable in identifying where I need to work and where I need to put my focus for improvement.
Here is a preview video of the TriSwimSecrets.com online program showing some of the main features and content.
Systematically improving your swim technique is critical to your success. When you have an experienced instructor like Kevin on your team, you know exactly where to put your focus so you can strengthen you inner game with confidence and blast through to your personal best.