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Kevin Koskella Swim Guru – Live Video Workshop Now Available For Your Viewing and Learning!

Kevin Koskella has been coaching Masters Swim Teams in San Francisco and San Diego since 2001 and being an accomplished swimmer, has earned the highly prized All-American status at the college level. Kevin is a leader in aiding the beginner and experienced triathlete towards excellence in the swimming portion of the race.

He is also the owner of TriSwimCoach.com a highly regarded web site in the triathlon training world.

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Coach Alan Reviews A Swim DVD. In His Bathtub.

In this video, our in-house reviewer, Workout of the Week Creator, and triathlon coach Alan Kipping-Ruane reviews the “Essentials of Triathlon Swimming” DVD.

The only thing missing is his rubber ducky.

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Will Having a “Long Stroke” Help in Triathlon Swimming?

There is some debate going on in the triathlon world about whether it is important to have a long stroke in freestyle, and if so, how can this be developed?

Being long means extending your arm and gliding with each arm stroke. It also means getting more out of your stroke while saving energy (ideal for triathletes).

Don’t get me wrong, you can achieve a lot with a shorter stroke- in fact you could go very fast this way. However, for most people, especially the beginner crowd, this stroke is just not efficient enough to allow them to swim 1/2-1 mile, and still have a good amount of energy to tackle 20-40 miles on the bike, and an additional 5-10 mile run.

The mistake people make is comparing competitive pool swimmers who swim 50, 100, 200, or 400 meters as either an all out sprint or a controlled sprint, to triathletes who swim much further and have to complete a race lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 10 hours!

Here are some ways to achieve a longer, more fluid, more efficient freestyle:
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Swimmers…Do You Have Runner’s Kick?

Do you have Runner’s Kick?
By Kevin Koskella

Can you point your toes and straighten out your feet? When you kick on your back, do you tend to go very slow, stay in one place, or even go backwards? Do you have a tough time with swimming drills because your kick is not propelling you forward fast enough? Do you wear fins in workouts just to “keep up”? Did you start out as a runner and pick up swimming later to become a Triathlete?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you may have Runner’s Kick! Have no fear, there are things you can do. Even the worst of kickers can develop an adequate kick for freestyle, which is all you need for a triathlon swim.

Here are some remedies:
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Triathlon Swim Teleseminar With Expert Kevin Koskella!

At the bottom of this post, you can download the audio file to listen to at your computer OR while you swim, bike or run!

kevinkoskellaIn this triathlon swim teleseminar from the Rock Star Triathlete Academy at https://rockstartriathlete.com, triathlon swim expert Kevin Koskella (click here to check out his website) addresses listener questions, including:

– Carol – University Place, WA – Do you recommend stretch cords for resisted swimming and if so, what type and would they attach to the ankles or waist?

– Bob Farrell – Berwick, Maine I’m new to Triathlons. Last summer I spent a lot of time trying to teach myself how to swim. I practiced in open water and I never learned how to swim. This year I will be training with a coach on the basics of swimming. Once I have the basics down, what are good workouts to do to get ready for swimming in open water? My first triathlon will be in September.

– Patrick – St. Louis How important is the kick in the swim? Much is said about energy conservation, but should it not still be strong, and, technically speaking, fairly deep? How deep?

– Neal – Alton, IL Where is the real energy from the swim kick derived? Does it come from the action of the hips, is it from the knees, or a combination of those and more?

– Paul Casto – Castle Rock, CO What would your main advice be for someone brand new to Swimming, embarking on a training program for future Triathlons (the first being 4.5 months from now). Thanks!

– Mac – IL How quickly do you grab the water for strokes. Do you glide a bit on you side in open water before rotating and grabbing again? Or is it wiser and more efficient to keep your forward momentum with a rapid turnover and short periods of gliding?

– Cindi – Spokane I swam the Coeur d’Alene triathlon this past summer and was unprepared for the waves in the Lake. I had been swimming parellel to the beach and was easily doing a mile, but swimming perpendicular to the beach was really hard during the race. I took on alot of water, etc. How does one prepar/practice perpendicular to the beach to get sufficient distance? It seemed so much farther than what I had been practicing. And how to prepare for waves?

– Alex Moher – Kitchener In an ironman, the swim is by far the shortest part. I know that in draft legal races, the swim is very fast paced to make the “lead pack”, but do people usually push quite as hard it in the swim in a longer, non drafting race like a half or an ironman? can you really gain that much on someone in a longer race?

– Vinny – CT Are you familiar with the “Swim Smooth” computer generated model? If so how accurate is it and does this model correlate well with what you teach individuals to simulate in the water?
– frank – fountain Hills I am training for a 1/2 ironman in Texas in April I am told I swim with a dropped hip creating a tremendous amount of drag, how can I get my hips higher on the surface to create a more efficient stroke minimizing drag

– Alex Moher – Kitchener Kitchener is in ontario, canada =) – Pat – IL any suggestions on swimming successfully through giant waves of thrashing people? Rock On/ Thanks!

– Todd – Calgary, Alberta, Canada Hey Kevin – I’ve worked hard through swim classes and drills (via Total Immersion) to get my half marathon swim times down to a solid 40:00 minutes. I’m doing my first Ironman distance this year, and am wondering if it would be better to spend my time doing drills to improve my technique, or long swim sets to improve my fitness. Thanks!

– John Collier – Florence I can swim 5000 yards in 2 hours, I just cant seem to get fast. I never get tired, I’m just not fast – Paul – Denver You mentioned reducing the number of strokes as a goal. What is the range you see in your coaching in stroke counts for a 25 mtr length of the pool for beginning swimmers, to better/intermediate ones? (ie. What would a good goal be for stroke counts). P.S. I purchased your DVD 2 days ago – can’t wait for it to arrive!

– Todd – Calgary, Alberta Hey Kevin – what experience have you had, if any, with tools like the TempoTrainer or Wetronome? I’ve recently started using this tool to improve my stroke cadence, and so far have had good results. Any drills or sets you’d recommend with this tool? – Esther – Reisterstown When participating in triathlons with wave starts, what do recomend to keep warm while waiting your turn? How soon to your expected start time should you begin to warm up?

– vinny – CT do you have any combat techniques for protecting yourself out in front of a swim? i gets pretty ruff out here in CT! You know arm locks and such…

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