Welcome to Episode #71 of the Mile High Endurance podcast. Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals. Our interview this week is with Terry Laughlin, Chief Optimist Officer at Total Immersion. Terry is coming back on the show to talk about his latest blog article "What's your best stroke rate? - How I found mine. And why it's still evolving." We'll talk about the article and you'll be sure to pick up insightful information about how to not only find your ideal stroke rate, but also learn how to reduce your SPL (to monitor stroke length). Most of the interview is about how to help you swim faster with less effort, but we also talk about some of the swim clinics they offer in great locations around the world.
We're your hosts Rich Soares and Bill Plock and we're glad you are back with us for another weekend endurance in the Mile High city. Khem has the week off because she is moving. As Bill likes to say, Terry is the John Wooden of Swimming. Speaking of Bill, how's it going my friend?
Let's do some updates:
Alright, let's get into our interview with Terri Laughlin. If you are listening to this and you are at your laptop or sitting on the couch with your phone, go to http://www.totalimmersion.net/blog/ from the main page go to Community and then Blog. Click on the article "What's your best stroke rate?" and follow along. If you are riding your bike, running or driving, don't go to the website now - go read it later.
I also recommend you read the "Green Zone" chart either while listening to the interview or later. I'll put a link in the show notes and on the website on the Resources page. It's in the swimming section and has a ***NEW*** next to it. It is a link to the Total Immersion Store and the chart is a $0 charge item. You check out and you'll get the PDF emailed to you the instance you place your no charge order.
I would love to go to one of those clinics. The self-coaching courses are really good, so I can only imagine how good the clinics would be and how cool I would be to do it in Mauritius or Penticton. Check out the Clinics on the TI website. While you are there, go check out the other Free Items and the non-free items in the Store. Also, check out the other blog articles while you are there.
Received my tempo trainer in the mail in the afternoon after my interview with Terry. I'm looking forward to giving it a crack this weekend at the pool. It has a number of modes.
I can honestly say that TI is really working for me. I'm not a fast swimmer and because my legs sink, I have historically worked really hard when I swim. I have been working at TI drills and focuses for a couple of months now and I really do hit that sweet spot where swimming becomes pretty effortless, at least relative to my historical experience. My struggle is every time I start falling behind or really pushing in a group swim, I start to lose my balance in the water and my legs sink and I stop bilateral breathing.
So I keep working at it.
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