Ploughing up and down the clear and warm lanes of your local pool isn’t the same as diving into a dark cold lake or river, or swimming in a choppy sea. Many confident pool swimmers experience feelings of anxiety, leading to shortness of breath, and in extreme cases outright panic. Open water swimming as experienced by the majority of triathlon age groupers is a churning, rough experience in which all the rules of pool swimming are broken. The key challenges in open water are swimming in a straight line, navigating your course, and swimming with an economical, efficient stroke. When it comes to confident open water performances and fast times, it’s very simple; the more open water swim experience you can get before race day, the better.
Improve your technique and hone your open water skills at a local and stunning river swimming location on the Thames. For the confident swimmer, a 4000m stretch of river in unspoiled beautiful countryside makes for great training. For the less experienced, shorter out and back distances can be gradually increased over a period of time.
I saw Goose swim coaching at the Oxford University swimming pool and was impressed by his enthusiasm and technical knowledge. I decided to invest in a handful of swim coaching sessions to improve my swimming technique, which I have known for some time needed some attention. Since my sessions with Goose, I won the silver medal in the 50-54 age group at the World Triathlon Championships in Budapest. Goose’s swim coaching not only improved my time but taught me just how hard I can go, and still manage to bike and run afterwards! If you’re serious about swimming, book some sessions now.
Goose is quite simply a brilliant swim coach. If you want to improve your swim technique and speed, Goose is your man. He has been an inspiration in my quest for faster swimming. I have already achieved a massive improvement in my open water swim competitions in just three months. This would not have been possible without his expert guidance. If you want to swim fast, train fast and book some sessions with Goose. You’ll be amazed at the results!
As a triathlete with a running and cycling background, my swim splits had limited my triathlon results for years. Always one of the last out of the water, I faced tracking down my competition on the run. After winning overall female at the 2011 ITU World Championships, I took the plunge and contacted Goose not knowing what to expect. During our first session he wrote down a long list of areas for improvement which was daunting at first, but during ten physically challenging, instructive and purposeful sessions he was able to explain my swim mechanics in easily understandable terms and help me transform my stroke. My swim times have improved substantially, and I am now more powerful and efficient and able to maximise propulsion on every stroke.
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