Sunday, 5 March 2017

SWIM TRAINING AIDS + COMPETITION!



I am beginning to learn swimming isn't a top favourite on the activity list. Particularly where a triathlon is concerned the swim tends to be the last thing people want to do, and in fact triathletes like to get the worst bit out of the way first....which of course is the swim! Me? Nope. Swim is my favourite element of the race. I am not amazingly fast at the moment because I've not been training, but I know my technique is there and that makes me love it. Initially I couldn't even do front crawl back in 2014, but my husband taught me and now it's my strongest stroke due to hard work and good training.

I really do think that by having a good technique people would enjoy the process a lot more. If I didn't I'd just get frustrated. At my first coached swimming session the only thing I flagged up on was my speed, and that will just come with getting my fitness back. Nothing was mentioned about technique... So in celebration of having a good solid swim stroke,  here are the items I use for  my swim training to hopefully help you get to being a confident, strong swimmer.


Swim Cap - No they don't look attractive at all, but trust me if you swim you need something to protect your hair. Plus you don't need to worry about your hair coming out once you get warmed up.

Goggles - You can swim without goggles but if you want to progress from breast stroke to front crawl, you'll be needing these! I have had cheap pair before but trust me, invest well with goggles and it'll make training far easier!

Swimsuit - Slightly obvious! Get a good supportive one, some even have a built in sports bra and if you are worried about bikini line maintenance you purchase ones with shorts.

Paddles - These are great for helping you get your hand entrance to the water correct. They really help you flatten your hand position, making you stroke more efficient. 

Pool Buoy - Is hard to start with but after a while you can really feel the benefits. It slots between your upper thighs and the idea is, when doing front crawl you keep your legs motionless but still do your arms. Your arms work harder and it keeps your body positioning right. You can introduce slight kicks if you wish

Ear Plugs - I hate water in my ears so these are always handy!

Float - This is my favourite bit at the end of the session! I use the float and do 'kicky' legs. Really helps you focus on kicking from your hip rather than your knees. 

Flippers - Often use with a float as well, this is the one you can really get a good feel of how hard to kick. I love doing a flipper session sometimes just to work on how effective my kicking is when I do front crawl.

I do have days where I just go and swim to relax and I don't go to train, however I do need a good training plan to get the most out of my sessions. My advice is download one from online and celotape it to your water bottle. If you want to improve your swimming you really do need good training aids to get you there. The items above are very well used and I can't swim without using them now.

In celebration of this post, swimming and my love for swimming - I have teamed up with SimplySwim to give away a mystery swimming goody bag! Hurray! The lovely team over at SimplySwim are putting this mystery goody bag together and will send it out to the lucky winner. Fancy winning? Just enter on Rafflecopter below!

Do you swim? Are you looking to boost your training?


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27 comments

  1. What a great giveaway - we're quite lucky, we don't use any swimming aids in our family (even the baby!)

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  2. Oh wow - really do need to enter this, as I soooo need a swimming cap! Let's just say my henna'd hair gets a bit crazy in the swimming pool!

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  3. What a great giveaway, when my Daughter is up to it we go swimming as it helps with her mobility, but she uses me for support if needed x

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  4. I love swimming but I think it is because I was introduced to water from an early age - my mum was a VERY keen swimmer. Lovely giveaway

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  5. What a fab giveaway - I love swmming and concur that a hat and goggles are essential.

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  6. I love swimming. I used to swim for my county and had to be in the pool at 5am 3 mornings a week. I'd never have stuck with it if I didn't love t so much. Its a great giveaway and I'd love to win!

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  7. I enjoy swimming though I don't train at it as I don't do it for races or competition. This is such a great giveaway with some fab swimming accessories x

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  8. Oh I hate swimming! My husband and kids adore it though and so we go every week. Great giveaway and hats off to you!!

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  9. I can swim, but when I get into deep water such as the ocean I panic and all my swimming abilities go out the window. This is a great giveaway!

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  10. I've always loved swimming, I learnt as a child and love being in the water x

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  11. I love swimming with my kids, but it can be hard to keep up with the boundless energy of children. I think some of this equipment would certainly help improve on my technique!

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  12. Aww this is a great giveaway! I love swimming, but I don't think I really swim..properly. I'd love to be taught x

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  13. My kids all swim but I always think it's too much hassle getting undressed in the cold. I should start again because I know how good it would be for me.

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  14. I love swimming but prefer to be in the sea than in the pool x

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  15. This is such a great giveaway! I know how to doggy-paddle but I really struggle when it comes to actual swimming. lol

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  16. I really need to buy some new swimming gear. This look like a great giveaway. xx

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  17. My daughters loves going swimming we try and take her at least once a week

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  18. Great giveaway Annie! I really love swimming and wish I did it more! xo

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  19. I do swim a little but I'd like to get more confident in the water especially as I am getting my scuba dive qualification x

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  20. I do love a good swim but I don't do it often enough!! I have never worn a cap before though they do look a bit off putting but definitely practical!

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  21. Great post. I swim with the kids and I enjoyed it.

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  22. My ears tend to pop when I go underwater or feel blocked so ear plugs are great for helping with that xxx

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  23. I can swim, but not great. I love taking the kids though! :)

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  24. I love swimming, but I never get to go enough! Brilliant competition! I'm hopefully doing a charity workout day so a goodie bag like that would be great as a raffle prize!

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  25. I love swimming and if I was doing a triathlon swimming would be my favourite part of the competition too x

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  26. I am making an effort to swim regularly with my kiddies, It's such a good skill to learn & keeps you fitter x

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  27. I'm really not good in swimming and had no idea there are so many tools and kits one needs.

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