Hello and welcome to our blog. We are a group of girls who have been swimming most of our lives. In fact, it probably wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that we have been swimming our entire lives. We swam as children, competed throughout high school and met on our swim team in college.
Since graduating, we’ve all kept swimming in our lives. Whether it be through coaching, competing in open water races, practicing on our own or with masters teams, competing on the swim leg in triathlon relays or even (gasp) just for fun.
Yes, we still have fun in the water.
Recently, we have decided to pool our knowledge and create a blog that focuses on helping triathletes swim more efficiently.
Why? Because whenever people see us in the water they invariably ask us for advice on their stroke technique… or for water workouts… or private swim lessons. You get the idea. Most of them are active triathletes but they feel lost in the water.
They want to be better, they just don’t know how to go about it.
So, we’re going to do something about it. We’re going to put our thoughts and ideas down on paper (I mean the internet) and do our best to help triathletes that need a little guidance in the water.
We’re hoping that, through our combined knowledge, we’ll be able to help a population that has been largely ignored.
Swimming is not a natural activity. Despite what you see on TV, people are not born swimmers. Swimming takes work – but you have to learn how to make your work work for you. It is about swimming faster with less energy. Improving technique and learning to feel the water. Understanding how to push your body so you can go from “surviving” the swim leg of a triathlon to knowing you will finish with enough energy to push your bike and run.
The good news is, not only is swimming a sport that you can do your entire life, the work you do in the pool will translate to your biking and running. Becoming a better swimmer will increase both your cardiovascular fitness and endurance. The bad news is, biking and running don’t translate back to the pool in the same manner. So many “rock” swimmers are wonderful athletes. It’s not fair, but it’s the nature of the beast. If it weren’t the case, you’d never have to get into the water until race day.
With that being said, our goal is to help you take your swimming to the next level – thereby increasing your overall triathlon ability. Whether you are training for your first triathlon or a veteran triathlete, we think we can help you on your journey.
Sincerely, The Water Bloggers
Maria, Katie & Vicky