Perfect is the enemy of good

When I started back swimming for the first time since I was a kid, it came a huge but only slowly realised shock that I was the not the excellent swimmer I’d been as a young teenager, when I swam front crawl and butterfly in club for a year or two. I really don’t recall how long…

Checking my Stroke Rate during a swim (including poll)

We’ve spoken before about the importance of stroke rate in open water swimming, especially in cold water to maintain body temperature through thermogenesis and to help in rough water, where a slower stroke rate can be overwhelmed. It’s also the case that realising that stroke rate was important was something that didn’t happen immediately for…

Returning to Swimming

I recently came across this fantastic and simple chart that an experienced swimmer wrote about returning to swimming after a few year’s hiatus. As swimmers we actually often forget or don’t realise how fit we are, or at least how well adjusted we are to the requirements of regular swimming. This simple chart explains better…

Cool dynamic apnea video

This is great. It falls into the category of dynamic apnea, (holding your breath while moving). Most freediving falls into the same category (I think one event, dropping on a weighted sled, might not). Static apnea would be just holding your breath. It’s the pool setting of this that will resonate for most of us.…