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Your Questions About Swimming Training For Triathlons

Daniel asks…

How would I go about training for a triathlon?

I’m not really doing the triathlon but my friends mom is and she is really getting fit and I wanna know what I could do.

Mike Rich answers:

You need to read up on it somewhat. Triathlon is a thinking athletes sport. Train with your mom’s friend if possible — it’s a lonely road and company with encouragement is always welcome!

Your friend is getting fit because she’s training in 3 sports on alternating days and it is exercising every single muscle group in her body.

Here are some quick tips, if there is such a thing in this sport:

1) Learn/relearn how to swim. Look up the book Total Immersion by Terry Laughlin.
2) Cycle — lots of cycling and learn proper pedaling form.
3) Running — learn to run with ease (relative) and injury free. Grab the book Chi Running by Danny Dreyer.

Get a heart rate monitor.

And if you’re going to train like a triathlete, then essentially you ARE a triathlete. Part of being a triathlete is joining races to test how well your fitness is coming along.

Triathlon is about efficiency and energy management. You want to avoid floating, coasting and walking and maintain a pace for the entire race. In swimming you should be able to swim non-stop for at least 20 minutes for an easy sprint distance swim. You should be able to bike for at least 1 hour for an easy 13 mile bike, and you should be able to run non-stop for at least 40 minutes to ensure you’ll be able to run the entire 3.1 afterwards.

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Your Questions About Swimming Lessons

Paul asks…

What is the best age to take my toddler for swimming lessons?

My daughter will be 3 next month, and I wanna know if she’s old enough to go for swimming lessons. We’ve got a swimming pool and the safety net is not always on (aspecially on weekends) I’m scared to death that she will fall in, as it only takes a second. She fell in the swimming pool when she was only 1 year old but thank heavens I was around to get her out. But I’ll never forget that day, and the fear on her little face when I pulled her out of the water.
I never want that to happen again, and if it does, I want to rest assure that she’ll be able to swim, or at least help herself to the side. I’d also appreciate any advice how to teach her to swim!

Mike Rich answers:

The sooner the better, as a babe in arms she could already have been learning to have fun in the water.
At 3 she is raring to go, get after it and introdiuce her to all the fun that swimming can bring to her life, do not dwell on the previous bad experience, she will forget it, if you do.
Have fun with her, splash, shout, don’t be afraid to have a good time. The instructors will guide you regarding the actual swimming lessons and what to do and how to improve but she first has to be comfortable in the water and not be concerned that water will get everywhere, inluding in her eyes and ears.

You will never regret this decision and she will love the benefits it brings to her life.
Looking good on the beach is only half the fun for teenage girls and she will miss out if she can’t swim with the crowd.

Have fun 😉 H

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Your Questions About Swimming With Sharks

Thomas asks…

What is the best place to go swimming with sharks?

I’ve never done it before, I’m a complete beginner. But I’ve always loved sharks and the concept of swimming with them doesn’t scare me at all.
I’d rather not be in a cage in the water, I’d like to swim freely, but I won’t rule out the option completely.
I’ve been snorkelling before, but I have absolutely no scuba diving experience. If there is a place I can go to learn how to scuba dive before I swim with sharks that’d be ideal.
It would also be best if it was in a good holiday location. I want to swim with sharks as part of a one week holiday next year, so there must be things to do in there other than just swimming with sharks.
Any advice will be appreciated, thank you! 🙂

Mike Rich answers:

First of go on PADI and learn more about it and the courses available, you will then need to get in touch with your local PADI dive center or resort, I think that is also available through PADI. I heard the gulf of mexico has some sharks there and different species to. I’ve also heard Bahamas is good. This December I’m going on a dive holiday to Speyside, Tobago in the Caribbean, around this time there is a chance to spot manta rays, barracuda and reef sharks. Again i learned most of this through PADI, they provide loads of locations and all the details and marine life there, also they provide activities out of the water. Visit them here: and scuba vacations and courses is where you want to look. Then after you know what you want go to locate a PADI dive center. Sometimes Centers will organize a club holiday so you don’t need to worry about finding a dive buddy and instead you dive with the club in a big group. It does take a while to learn the Open Water course which is about £400. It includes 5 confined dives and 2 open water dives then it continues from there. Hope this helped 🙂

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