Active Blu - Open Water Venue.

Active Blu - Open Water Venue.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Summer Training - The right mix....

Summer Training - The right mix !!

I have been out in Perth now for two weeks supporting the New International Swim Smooth coaches with the certification programme. It has been an amazing opportunity not only to meet another great bunch of coaches and swimmers, but to also try and capture the culture of training out here in Perth.

Getting the right Mix - RED MIST - This morning Friday 1st May 2015

I have been talking to many of the swimmers, coaches and visiting athletes - asking them about the importance of the "Right Mix" when training.

Open Water Training at Claremont

Across the board it seems thats that they all highlight the need to break the training up. Keep it Simple and make it manageable.

Open Water Training in the pool 
At Swim Smooth we often talk about the Three Keys to training:
Coaching CSS

1. Fitness - CSS / Endurance.
2. Open Water Skills and Practice.
3. Technique.

Often in the UK when the weather gets warm enough to hit the Open Water people tend to neglect the pool sessions. Although we want to make the most of the good weather, try NOT to neglect the pool as it is here that you can monitor and manage your training well, making those slight weekly improvements in your performance. 

The pool environment allows you to swim with a focus and at a pace / speed designed to challenge yourself within the sessions aim. 

However try to get involved in an Open Water training group as this will allow you to develop all those skills you need when racing in similar conditions - the chop, swimming close to others, sighting, drafting and the list goes on. Seeing a boost in confidence and performance when racing or taking part in OW events. 

International Coaches. 

If you get the RIGHT MIX over the summer you will still make those time improvements you are looking for in your times.

The Right Mix:
1 - Open Water Sessions / skills
2 - CSS / Endurance
3 - Technique

Keep it Simple.
Enjoy what you do.

I head back from Perth in 2 weeks to start the Open Water season on the 21st May, if you are looking for support, skill development, OW squads or just a social group to swim with - feel free to email me at 

I look forward to seeing you all very soon - Enjoy :)

Windermere - Start of season. 

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