Swim Skill Tips: Start Now for Race Performance This Season

In my work, teaching and coaching go hand in hand. I teach skills and coach how to apply them over time to reach your goals and dreams. When asked about how to improve open water swim performance in a race, my first question is: are you optimizing your pool time now?

Fitness will only take you so far. By improving your skill, strength, and speed in the pool now, you increase your success on race day. Here are 8 tips to implement in your training:

1. Swim Drills Break the Complex Freestyle Technique into Isolated Pieces

You can then focus on one or two parts at a time, gradually working them into a whole. Drills have a specific focus and purpose. (Mindless drilling will not improve your stroke!) They need to be specifically targeted to your weaknesses to help you improve your skill and technique. The magic in drills comes when you continually repeat: drill/swim/drill/swim, taking that targeted piece and working it into the whole.

Example: one …

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