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SPRING HILL REPEATS

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Other Training|Tags: , , |

  Springtime brings warmer weather and for my athletes, it’s time to work on hill climbing.  Cyclists seem to have an equal love/ hate relationship when it comes to hills, hate to ride up, and love to go down.  I personally love hills.  Most beginner cyclists do not, they have not felt the love and joy [...]

EXHALE: THE ART OF BREATHING WHILE SWIMMING

By | April 26th, 2017|Categories: Swimming|Tags: , , , |

There is a reoccurring theme I often encounter when I work with a new swimmer.  It centers on breathing. First I watch for the bubbles and then we have the conversation about exhaling.  Very few novice swimmers exhale and nearly all intermediate swimmers think they are exhaling correctly.   Here is a fact.  When swimming you never [...]

COLD WATER SWIMMING

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Swimming|Tags: , , |

    The triathlon season is right around the corner.  It is time to think about getting back into the open water.  For me, cold water swimming is not the something I truly look forward to, but it has to be done. Here are some interesting facts about cold water swimming. Body heat loss in cold [...]

EMBRACING OUR FEARS….LEARNING TO LOVE THE WATER

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Swimming|Tags: , , , |

    In coaching, the greatest rewards come from helping people on their journeys and following their dreams.  Helping them overcome fears by being there each step of the way.  For many people, swimming is a paralyzing obstacle.  Here are the facts: Two-thirds of Americans are afraid of deep, open bodies of water and 46% are afraid of [...]

COMMON FREESTYLE FLAWS

By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Swimming|Tags: , , |

Your weakness is your strength! Cliché? Yes, but like many clichés, this maxim contains an element of truth, since every imperfection presents an opportunity for improvement. When it comes to swimming, ironing out wrinkles in your stroke can yield huge dividends in terms of improved efficiency and lowered splits. Regardless of your level of proficiency in [...]

FINISH YOUR SWIM STROKE

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Swimming|Tags: |

Whether you are swimming in a workout or a race, one of the first things to fall apart when fatigued is your swim stroke, specifically the finish segment, the  last part of underwater pulling.  The finish segment of your stroke is powered by your triceps. These are the muscles in your upper arm and they play [...]

Schneider and Bennett smash Triathlon closer

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Cycling, Racing News, Running, Swimming|Tags: , , , , |

The New England triathlon season came to a close this weekend,at the Gut Check Triathlon in Brewster Mass.  Jillian Schneider and Toby Bennett were there finishing off a great season.  Appropriately called the "Gut Check" It is the only race in which the race director gives you a "change of mind" option up until 7:00 am. [...]

AND THE BEAT GOES ON……

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Cycling, Other Training, Racing News, Running, Swimming, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

For triathletes September means the end of the racing season.  Kids are going back to school, the leaves and weather begin to change.  The increasingly shorter days, make training for the athlete with a full-time job, a game of "chasing daylight". For the runners the fall means more road races, and training in  cooler temperatures, optimal conditions. [...]

SWIMMING DRILLS AND WHY YOU NEED TO DO THEM

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Swimming, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

The off season is a time to relax, take time off from training to do other things, and yes, work on your weaknesses.  For many triathletes this means the swim.  The best way to improve your technique is not to ramp up your millage, but to do swim drills.  Historically many athletes do not take the [...]

PR’S RULE THE WEEKEND!

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Other Training, Racing News, Running, Swimming, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

As summer slowly comes to an end, the athletes of Triathlon Training with Amy still continue to race, posting outstanding performances.  At the first Ironman 70.3 in Atlantic City, the team of Bernier and Bernier both set PR's. According to Donna and Danny the swim was very challenging with heavy currents and the run, hotter than [...]