Posts Tagged ‘swim for endurance’

A Practice to Find your Best Stroke Count
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on March 23rd, 2011

Another example of how to design practices based on Problem-Solving and Task-Mastery, rather than how-far, how-hard.

How Triathletes and Total Immersion Revolutionized Freestyle
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on March 18th, 2011

How Freestyle evolved from a ‘speed’ stroke to one that anyone can use to cover long distances effortlessly.

How to swim Distance Freestyle as easily as Breaststroke
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on March 18th, 2011

If it’s hard for you to swim continuous freestyle, but easy to do so in breaststroke, here’s a plan for applying sensations of ease and support from breaststroke to freestyle.

Stay in the moment: Experience timelessness. Enjoy more. Swim better.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 30th, 2011

The most valuable capacity one needs to develop for any endurance swim – more valuable than physical fitness or stroke efficiency – is the capacity to keep your focus in the immediate moment. Like any habit or capacity, this only happens through practice.

Finding Higher Purpose in Masters Races
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 20th, 2011

When I set goals for pool times, and pool races, I get all the Arduous Experience and Cognitive Difficulty my psyche craves.

How I learned (maybe) I’m not a Marathoner
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 30th, 2010

I swam two marathons in 2002 and 2006. I swam two more in March and April of 2010. I now question whether I have the stuff – mentally, not physically, to swim more marathons in the future.

Purposeful Variety: One Practice, Two Ways
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on May 4th, 2010

There’s a difference between purposeful variety in training and variety planned only to relieve tedium. Here’s an example of purposeful variety.

Reduce speed a little. Save a lot.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on March 10th, 2010

Small reductions in speed – in swimming as well as driving – can lead to LARGE savings in energy. In a triathlon that could pay off handsomely in cycling and running.

How important is speed to an English Channel Swim
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on February 25th, 2010

The faster pace you maintain across the English Channel the better your chances of making it to France – and the less your chances of being caught in one of the Channel’s infamous tidal switches, which have frustrated the dreams of thousands of would-be Channel swimmers. But when you’ll swim for 12 or more hours, what does “speed” mean?

Exact Pace Awareness – without using a pace clock
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on February 16th, 2010

Consistent pacing is a core competency of successful distance swimming. I improve my awareness of pace by training with Stroke Count and a Tempo Trainer, rather than a pace clock.