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Sun Yang’s Freestyle Technique

Posted in Training Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by fastertoday

Here is some great multi-angle shots of Sun Yang’s freestyle swimming technique. He has a great vertical forearm position on his catch and pull, grabbing water with the hand and forearm, increasing the surface area, and utilizing the lats (larger back muscles) as opposed to the smaller shoulder muscles.

Truly Great Running Technique!

Posted in Training Articles / Sessions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by fastertoday

Heart Rate Monitoring for Swimming

Posted in Training Articles / Sessions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2012 by fastertoday

Monitoring your heart rate is a great way for increasing your efficiency, your performance output or if you are overtraining and need to take a day or two off.  The heart rate monitor is a very useful tool to monitor just about every endurance activity. However when it comes to swimming, you will have to make some modifications when you are doing your heart rate zone calculations.

Let’s say you calculate a number of heart rate zones for yourself using a formula (220-age, Karvorien, Maffetone’s MAF, Joe Friel, Hadd, etc.) and you have your “aerobic” and “anaerobic” zones. Whether you have 2 zones, 4 zones or 7 zones is irrelevant. Your goal is to perform at the highest level possible for your ability, be able to hold that indefinitely and in addition, have the ability to swim the later part of the swim faster than the first part (negative split). You want maximum output in the most comfortable zone possible. For longer endurance activities, that zone would be the upper level of your aerobic threshold. For most formulas and most people, that is at the high end of zone 2 to the low end of zone 3 or approximately 70 – 85% of your maximum heart rate.

I’ll use myself as an example. I like to use the MAF formula (180-age+5). I am 45 so my maximum aerobic heart rate is 140. My aerobic zone is 130-140. Once I go above 140 I am shifting from using primarily fat as a fuel source to glycogen. The byproduct of that is lactic acid. My goal is to get faster while remaining in this zone. If I were to use any other heart rate formula and calculate about 70 to 80 % of my maximum heart rate, it still falls in the 130-140ish range.

However, when you calculate these formulas, they are geared for running, not swimming. In running your body position is vertical and your blood pressure and the assistance of gravity are different than when you are horizontal, where your blood pressure is lower and there is no gravity assisting the blood to be pumped out of the heart and down to the lower extremities. Cycling falls in the middle where you have a horizontal upper body and a vertical lower body.

So, running at a heart rate of 140 feels very easy for me. In fact, 140 is so low, that most people would find it difficult to run at this heart rate because their heart rates would shoot up too high, well over 140. In swimming, if my heart rate went to 140, it would feel like I was suffocating and although I am still technically “aerobic”, I would feel like I am anaerobic. 140 in the pool to me feels like 160 at the end of a 10k road race.

I don’t want you to think something is wrong with you if you do a swim session and a run session at the same heart rate and they feel totally opposite in intensity.

If you plan on using a heart rate monitor take an additional 10 to 15 heart beats off your calculations for each zone and that will compensate for the horizontal position.

Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012

Posted in Training Articles / Sessions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by fastertoday

by Dorie Clark of the Harvard Business Review

  1. Responding Like a Trained Monkey. Every productivity expert in the world will tell you to check email at periodic intervals — say, every 90 minutes — rather than clicking “refresh” like a Pavlovian mutt. Of course, almost no one listens, because studies have shown email’s “variable interval reinforcement schedule” is basically a slot machine for your brain. But spending a month away — and only checking email weekly — showed me how little really requires immediate response. In fact, nothing. A 90 minute wait won’t kill anyone, and will allow you to accomplish something substantive during your workday.
  2. Mindless Traditions. I recently invited a friend to a prime networking event. “Can I play it by ear?” she asked. “This is my last weekend to get holiday cards out and I haven’t mailed a single one. It is causing stress!” In the moment, not fulfilling an “obligation” (like sending holiday cards) can make you feel guilty. But if you’re in search of professional advancement, is a holiday card (buried among the deluge) going to make a difference? If you want to connect, do something unusual — get in touch at a different time of year, or give your contacts a personal call, or even better, meet up face-to-face. You have to ask if your business traditions are generating the results you want.
  3. Reading Annoying Things. I have nearly a dozen newspaper and magazine subscriptions, the result of alluring specials ($10 for an entire year!) and the compulsion not to miss out on crucial information. But after detoxing for a month, I was able to reflect on which publications actually refreshed me — and which felt like a duty. The New Yorker , even though it’s not a business publication, broadens my perspective and is a genuine pleasure to read. The pretentious tech publication with crazy layouts and too-small print? Not so much. I’m weeding out and paring down to literary essentials. What subscriptions can you get rid of?
  4. Work That’s Not Worth It. Early in my career, I was thrilled to win a five-year, quarter-million dollar contract. That is, until the reality set in that it was a government contract, filled with ridiculous reporting mechanisms, low reimbursement rates and administrative complexities that sucked the joy and profit out of the work. When budget cuts rolled around and my contract got whacked, it turned out to be a blessing. These days, I’m eschewing any engagement, public or private, that looks like more trouble than it’s worth.
  5. Making Things More Complicated Than They Should Be. A while back, a colleague approached me with an idea. She wanted me to be a part of a professional development event she was organizing in her city, featuring several speakers and consultants. She recommended biweekly check-in calls for the next eight months, leading up to the event. “Have you organized an event like this before?” I asked. “Can you actually get the participants? Why don’t you test the demand first?” When none materialized, I realized I’d saved myself nearly half a week’s work — in futile conference calls — by insisting the event had to be “real” before we invested in it. As Eric Ries points out in his new book The Lean Startup , developing the best code or building the best product in the world is meaningless if your customers don’t end up wanting it. Instead, test early and often to ensure you’re not wasting your time. What ideas should you test before you’ve gone too far?

Eliminating these five activities is likely to save me hundreds of hours next year — time I can spend expanding my business and doing things that matter. What are you going to stop doing? And how are you going to leverage all that extra time?

Janet Even’s 800 Meter Freestyle Masters Record

Posted in Training Articles / Sessions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2011 by fastertoday

Swimming: Olympic Triathlete, Andy Potts and National Coach, Mike Doane

Posted in Training Articles / Sessions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2011 by fastertoday

48 Hours With Former World Triathlon Champion Tim Don

Posted in Training Articles / Sessions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2011 by fastertoday

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