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Making a decision whether to target and Ironman in 2010 at the ripe old age of 42!

Sterted tri last year just before I was 40, probably as a bit of a mid life crisis.

Thought I would use this to set out my thoughts, plans and general feelings.

Swim slow to swim fast

Kenwood Triby Kenwood TriJan 8th 2013
I noticed a recent article in Triathlete Europe magazine which underpins what I have found recently.

As a triathlete I generally train alone , it is the type of personality I have but in training for the Outlaw in July I have started to follow a specific training plan that includes a number of technique swim sets.

These swim sets include finger drag (to ensure a relaxed arm recovery), clenched fist (to work on the catch to include the forearm) and the catch up where you continue the gliude aspect of the stroke until the working arn has completed a full stroke.

What I have found through these technique sessions is that my stroke has become stronger, my swimming has speeded up with less perceived effort and my stropke rate has reduced.


Whilst I have always enjopyed swimming I have sometimes found it a chore! As my technique seems to have improved I have found my love for swimming again to such an extent I nearly look forward to the long sessions in the pool! ;-)
mhowoodby member: mhowood, Jan 8th 2013 10:07
Glad to hear it's working for you.
What issue of Tri Europe was that?
charlieeliseby member: charlieelise, Jan 9th 2013 13:21
Haha! Drills! Yes, they totally work. I've found Masters and group swim sessions at my gym (coached or not) are really helpful, if you can find others to swim with it may help too.
Kenwood Triby blog author: Kenwood Tri, Feb 1st 2013 09:22
I think it was in the last but one issue! December/January as I have just renewed my subscription! It might also be available on line!
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