Using the Math of Speed to Achieve A ‘Dream Swim’
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 12th, 2015

This post provides a ‘real life’ example of how one swimmer can improve her speed–and achieve a dream–by using the TI Principles-based approach I’ve described in several recent posts. This month I’ll spend a ‘fortnight’ in the UK leading workshops and training coaches. While there I’ll also spend a couple of hours with Helen Webster, editor of 220, […]

Video Interview: World Triathlon Champion Kirsten Sass and her coach Suzanne Atkinson. Both are TI Coaches!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 1st, 2015

On Sept 19, TI Master Coach Suzanne Atkinson posted on Facebook that one of her athletes had just won a triathlon world championship. That would be exciting news in any case, but what made this feat particularly special was that the athlete was another TI Coach! Kirsten Sass was Women’s Overall Age Group Champion in […]

How I Used Principles-Based Training to Swim Faster in Spring and Summer
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on September 28th, 2015

This is the third post in a series describing how to swim faster with a principles-based approach. In this post I share the thought process that guides my own training. Speed isn’t my highest priority, but I frequently use it to measure the effectiveness of my efforts. Five Core Truths of Speed To follow a […]

Want to swim like Katie Ledecky? You can!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on September 8th, 2015

I began our series on swimming principles six weeks ago. Since then, each weekly post has described the advantages of ‘principles-based’ swimming. In the words of Elon Musk–founder of Paypal, Tesla, and SpaceX–the core idea of principles-based thinking is to “drill down to the foundations of a problem to view it in an entirely new […]

Swimming Principles: Can You Swim Faster . . . Easier?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 31st, 2015

My recent series of posts on Swimming Principles has resonated strongly with readers, drawing an unusually large number of appreciative comments. However one response expressed some skepticism on a topic of interest to many readers: Must you swim hard to swim faster?  Here is an excerpt from that comment. (You may read it in full by scrolling down to the 10th […]

The Truth about Five Common Swimming Myths
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 24th, 2015

The primary reason the average swimmer converts only 3 percent of energy into forward motion is that our swimming actions are so strongly influenced by basic self-preservation instincts. Concerns about choking and sinking are so primal that they continue to affect how we swim long after we’ve lost our conscious fear and even after we’ve […]

Swimming Principle #2: Most of what we “know” about swimming is wrong!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 17th, 2015

Swimming Principle #1 is Always focus on saving energy before spending it. This is because a primal instinct for self-preservation transforms us into Energy Wasting Machines in the water. This was confirmed by a DARPA study in 2005 in which experienced lap swimmers wasted 97 percent of energy. Why should long-time swimmers convert only three […]

Swimming Principle #1: Always save energy before spending it.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 7th, 2015

At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Stany Kempompo Ngangola gained a measure of fame for swimming the 100-meter freestyle. Not for his speed, but simply for surviving. Stany was among a small group of athletes—mostly from small underdeveloped nations–who are invited to the Olympics in hopes that the exposure will encourage sports development in their […]

Guest Post: Swimming Principles . . . They Work!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 5th, 2015

I met Patrick Quinn poolside in May 1989. I was attending my first ‘short course’ U.S. Masters Nationals at Mission Bay Aquatic Center in Florida. Patrick and I were both waiting for our heats in the 1000-yard freestyle. I was 38 at the time; Patrick was 58. Today he is 84 and I’m 64, and […]

From First Principles to Core Principles
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on July 31st, 2015

In my last post I suggested you perform an exercise in meta-consciousness: Bring to a conscious level your belief system about swimming—the ideas (often unconscious) that guide nearly every choice you make—and consider where they originated and whether your experience confirms them as true . . . or calls them into question. I then listed […]