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In 1984 there was an tri that was based on each leg taking approximately the same amount of time. It was called the Equilateral Triathlon and the swim leg was 5.6 miles, the bike 50 miles and the run 20 miles. The swim took me 2:05 that day and I can tell you I was pretty happy that concept never really caught on.
Shoulder strength and flexibility are the two things that will always be the limiters in swimming along with having enough time to swim a lot and the boredom of swimming a lot. If you don’t have a long swimming history and haven’t built up significant durability and pliability in your rotator cuff muscles yet then these exercises can be very beneficial. Continue reading
Most stretched position. Lower to this point carefully. Huge stretch. Then finish with Dumbbell above eyes, keeping tension on the muscles. Best over-all upper body exercise in the gym for swimming. Build up weight slowly. Continue reading
Awhile ago I wondered aloud along with many others in New Zealand whether we had an unrealistic expectation of our athletes. New Zealand has a long history of international sporting success but now it seems the competition is getting a lot tougher and deeper. As my own children grow I often wonder how much time, effort and money we should put towards helping them to develop their sporting potential.