by Chris Bagg


Ed. Note: 2019 is almost a wrap, so we take this holiday period to reflect on the stories we told this past year, bringing back stories we love that you may have missed. Today we revisit our best swim posts from the past year, beginning with a small tweak that could make you faster today, and including asking perennial Kona first-out-of-the-water Josh Amberger how to make a proper cup of coffee. Enjoy!

The Easiest Stroke Tweak for Faster Swimming 

December is swim analysis season for the athletes I coach, so I’ve been sitting in front of a video editor a lot over the past thirty days, watching bodies move through the water, some with ease and some with adversity, and there’s one stroke fault that I’m always happy to see. Happy to see an issue? What kind of coach am I, an embittered and cynical one? No (well, at least I hope not). The reason this particular issue pleases me is that it’s easy to fix, and will make the swimmer faster that very day, which is rare in the world of swim instruction. As I’ve said elsewhere, swimming is more like golf than cycling, in that many small movements contribute to (or detract from) an effective stroke. Fixing one part of your stroke (or swing, you golfers) takes time, and then takes more time to integrate into your existing movement pattern. But this issue can be fixed right now, and will make you faster today...[read more]

Josh Amberger Talks the Kona Swim, Coffee, and Navigating Customs

 

Not only is Josh one of the best triathlon swimmers (and one of the best triathletes, period) in the world, he's also a darn interesting guy. He co-owns a coffee roastery, Skulduggery Coffee, back home in Australia, and he actually knows how to roast his own beans (that cup he's holding? Coffee he Hand roasted during the break between 70.3 World Championships and Kona). We share the same obsession, if not the craft, so we asked him about it...[read more]

Swim Like an Aussie

image courtesy of Paul Higgins, words by Kelly Williamson

When people start the ‘contemplation’ phase of doing a triathlon, more often that not, the swim is the most daunting. Unless you grew up around the water or were exposed to swimming early in life, it can be intimidating and more challenging to master. Or you grew up in Australia. If you grew up in Australia, you should just jump right in. I’m always amazed at how incredible the Aussies are in open water, and the choppier the better. So yes – either a) you grew up swimming or b) you were exposed when young or c) you’re Australian, in which case you have gills and you can thank your parents for having raised you part fish...[read more]