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Fresh Freestyle 99 Practices for Triathletes and Swimmers Paperback – May 26, 2015
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Thanks Celeste, Suzanne and Dinah for sharing your knowledge!!!
TI Coach Mexico City
Every practice has a clear purpose, and a set of technique focal points to help keep you mentally engaged. As an adult-onset swimmer, I've learned that I progress much faster when I have a clear goal, and approach that goal with mindful purpose. (As an aside, I've been able to use the focal points during open-water swims to help ward off the panic that I used to get whenever I venutured more than 100m from the shoreline.)
One particularly strong point in the book is how the authors incorporate simple metrics around stroke counts and stroke rate to teach you to "change gears" while swimming. If I need to increase my pace, I can choose between increasing my distance per stroke at the same rate, or increasing my stroke rate while holding the distance per stroke. I can adjust based on the conditions of the swim, or even based on how I'm feeling to find the "sweet spot" that works for me at the moment. In the chaos of a mass-start swim in triathlon, that flexibility helps a lot.
This is not a how-to-swim book. But if you have a coach or even self-coaching materials, this book makes a great supplement to help you get the most from your training sessions.
I attended a TI triathlon clinic coached by the authors (who were amazing and patient), and while I realized some improvement in my swimming I needed help structuring workouts in order to continue improving ... this book was the ticket! The basics, descriptions, graphics, workouts are outstanding (and I already have a library of swim improvement books and videos). I highly recommend the book and TI in general.