The Effortless Swimming Podcast

Race Pace Training is about swimming at or quicker than your racing speed. It’s often done in short intervals (eg 25m or 50m) with enough rest between intervals to recover and hit race speed on the next one. On this podcast Garrett McCaffrey, coach at the Phoenix Swim Club, joins me as we chat about how to best include this type of training in your workouts (and if it’s relevant to you!).

He’s just released a 12 week Race Pace Training program ideal for age group or Master’s swimmers and coaches.
We’re also joined by Chris Ritter, a strength and conditioning coach to Olympic swimmers and a guest on one of the most well-received podcasts we’ve done – listen to it here.


03:30 – What is race pace training?
09:05 – When a Swimming Technique Drops Off
09:20 – The Muscle Memory
10:11 – Finding a Way To Keep The Speed
13:19 – How do you deal with change?
17:28 – The Correlation of Age and Speed
18:00 – Why Race Pace Training Makes Physiological Sense
22:14 – Race Pace Training & Vegetables
28:13 – The Importance of Structure in Directing The Work
30:48 – The Race Pace Training 2.0

Direct download: Race_Pace_Training_with_Garrett_McCaffrey_and_Chris_Ritter.mp3
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Nam Baldwin is the owner and Director of Performance at the Equalize Training Company. Nam is an emotional and stress control & management specialist, the co-developer of internationally recognised B.E.T Training, mentor and motivational health coach. He has worked with a number of Olympic Gold medalists and several world champions including professional surfer, Mick Fanning.


We talk about strategies he used with Mick Fanning to help him win the J-Bay Open after overcoming a shark attack at the same event in 2015, plus a whole lot more.


01:57 – One of The Most Impactful Talks I’ve Been To
02:14 – “Whatever happens to you, use it.”
02:28 – Working with Mick Fanning
08:15 – Breaking down the process…
15:18 – Step 1: Oxygenate
15:27 – Step 2: Hydrate
15:35 – Step 3: 3-Minute Workout with Music
15:59 – Step 4: Appreciate
16:01 – Step 5: Anticipate
25:58 – Just do this one thing…


To learn more about Nam Baldwin and his work, visit www.equalize.com.au

Direct download: The_Psychology_of_Performance_with_Nam_Baldwin.mp3
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Luke McIlroy is the Director of Sport Science at METS Performance Consulting. Luke helps athletes perform their VO2 Max test. Find out what their lactating flexion point and their resting metabolic rate.

Knowing these will help you train more scientifically and be more effective with the workouts you are doing. If you train 10 hours a week instead of 15, then, you'll have more time to spend with you family, rest and recover.

In this podcast, we talk about how you can avoid the grey zone and how you can be more effective with the time you spend training.

Direct download: Podcast_of_Luke-McIlroy.mp3
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Simon Griffiths is the founder and publisher of H2Open Magazine. H2Open Magazine is a magazine about open water swimming and everything that incorporates races and swims around the world.

Simon will be sharing:

  • his experience about open water swimming
  • his recommendations about the best places to swim around the world to do open water swimming and races
  • the rabbit hole in open water swimming
  • and where the sport is going
Direct download: Podcast_The_best_places_to_swim_with_Simon_Griffiths.mp3
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In this episode of the Effortless Swimming Podcast, our guest is David Samuelsohn. David is coach and founder of Westchester Masters Club in Larchmont, New York. David wrote an article Lose the Limp for a More Powerful Freestyle so in this podcast we'll talk about that and

  • how to make adjustments in your breathing and rotation to get more power from your stroke
  • the key principle he includes in every work out
  • common freestyle errors and how he corrects them
  • plus more...
Direct download: Podcast_of_David_Samuelsohn.mp3
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In this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Eric Neilsen. Eric Neilsen is a multisport coach and consultant who works with athletes of all abilities from novice to professional, by providing personalized services that empower clients to achieve their full athletic potential.

Eric will be sharing about how he got started coaching, a few tips about triathlon training and the ABC's of optimal health and training.

Direct download: Podcast_of_Eric_Neilson.mp3
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My guest in this episode of The Effortless Swimming podcast is Karlyn Pipes. She is one of the top 10 Master Swimmers of all time and a multiple record holder in all 4 strokes in Masters Competitions.

Direct download: Podcast_of_Karlyn.mp3
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In this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Katee Pedicini. Katee is the author of "Healing The Grumpy Athlete". We will talk about her background, health and wellness and how her book came to be.

Direct download: Podcast_of_Katee_Pedicini.mp3
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In this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, I have two special guests: Chloe McCardel and Michael (Murph) Renford (son of legendary marathon swimmer, Des Renford).

Chloe is aiming to break Des' record of 19 English Channel crossings this season. In this podcast, we talk about the need for adventure and connection with the ocean that drives marathon swimmers.

Murph shares stories about his legendary dad like his record breaking swim from Sydney harbour to Wollongong (54 miles), his experience in swimming the English Channel and the happiness he gets from crewing for other swimmers.

Direct download: Podcast_Of_Chloe_and_Murph.mp3
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In this episode of the Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Sam Ashby. Sam is a part of the Australian Swim Team. He is coaching an age group squad in Melbourne. Today, Sam will be talking about his transition from being a swimmer to being a coach.

Direct download: Podcast_of_Sam_Ashby.mp3
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In this podcast episode, we’ll talk to Kevin Koskella of TriSwimCoach about the key takeaways he’s had from interviewing guests in his own podcast and how it can help triathletes and swimmers improve their performance.

Direct download: Podcast_of_kevinK.mp3
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This is the 3rd episode in this 3-part series of interviews with Eney Jones. In this episode we’ll talk all about racing and rhythm - how to achieve better results in your swimming and races.

Let’s get into it!

Direct download: jones_podcast_part_3.mp3
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This is part 2 of the 3-part podcast series that I’m doing with Eney Jones. In this episode, we’ll talk about gears that we can use to improve technique, rhythm and feel for the water.

Direct download: jones_podcastcast_part_2.mp3
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In this 3-part episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Eney Jones. In part 1, we’ll talk about cues and analogies for faster swimming. In the second podcast, we’ll talk about gear for faster swimming and the third podcast of this series is about racing and rhythm and how you can put everything together to get a better result in your triathlon or swimming race.

 

Direct download: jones_podcast_part_1.mp3
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In this episode, we have Level 3 triathlon coach and coach to many pros, Grant Giles. He works with a range of triathletes from Tim Van Berkel to Clayton Fettell. Grant specializes in the psychology of sports performance and how you can use mindfulness and other techniques to break through mental barriers.


If you enjoy the mental game of sport, this episode is for you!

Direct download: The_Psychology_Of_Performance_with_Grant_Giles.mp3
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In this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Kim Schwabenbauer. We recently had her as a guest and since the last podcast we had with her, she is now pregnant! We talk about how it is to be a professional triathlete, to now being pregnant and what the future looks like for her.

We also talk about a few things she is studying from her Master’s degree:

  • immunity and diet
  • how athletes can avoid getting sick and keep themselves in top health
Direct download: Navigating_Big_Life_Change_with_Kim_Schwabenbauer.mp3
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In this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Craig Percival. Craig is a very successful triathlete and a multi-sport athlete. He finished second over all in The Ultraman World Championships in 2014. He has completed 20 Ironman events, a 4-time Hawaii-finisher and now getting ready for his biggest challenge yet - 8 Iron distance events in 8 days in the 8 different state and territories in Australia in March. 

In this podcast, Craig will share with us:

  • how he is preparing for his biggest event yet
  • the challenges he has experienced along the way
  • how he is mentally managing his work, family life and training
  • how 8 in 8 in 8 came to be
  • what he teaches his athletes when he coaches them in the pool


To learn more about Craig, his work and how to help with his fundraising for 8 in 8 in 8, visit his website - www.nolimitsendurance.com.au

Direct download: Podcast_with_Craig_Percival.mp3
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In this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Pete Robinson aka "Robbo". He is a 3-time world champion in Triathlon, qualified for the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, and a bronze medalist in the Commonwealth Games.

Pete has transition to a coach through his business - Elite Performing Minds.In this podcast, we'll talk about how Pete:

  • has had a great success in the last 2 decades of competition
  • used mental strategies to have the upper edge over his competitors
  • teaches all these as a mentor
Direct download: Podcast_with_Pete_Robertson.mp3
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This episode's guest is Andre Obradovic. Andre is a mindset, health and well-being coach. Andre specializes in sleep. He works with executives and athletes in helping them get more control of their sleeping habits.

In this podcast, Andre will let us know about:

  • the importance of sleep
  • how it can affect your performance in the pool or in triathlon
  • how it can affect your decisions and effectiveness when it comes to work, family and sport
  • how you can utilize a software that analyses your sleep data
Direct download: Escaping_Sleep_Deprivation_with_Andre_Obradovic.mp3
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Our guest for this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast is fun, inspiring and motivating. Kim Schwabenbauer is a professional triathlete from the U.S. and a nutritionist.

Kim will talk about:

  • her experience when she broke a collarbone, thinking she would never be
  • able to swim again and turning pro just three years later
  • nutrition and training
  • what she gets out of the sport
  • reason for her motivation

01:33 - Breaking a Collarbone: Adversity or an Advantage?
03:50 - On coming out stronger...
05:45 - It's part of the journey.
09:22 - What do you get out of triathlon the most?
10:42 - Triathlon rewards consistency.
20:58 - Learn the basics and build the propulsion.
39:36 - Feeling like a kid in a candy store.
45:56 - Kim's Process in Evaluating Athlete's Nutrition
55:06 - "They've found the formula for success and they're not messing with it..."
01:08 - How much balance do you need in your life?

To learn more about Kim and work visit her website www.fuelyourpassion.net

Direct download: Podcast_with_Kim-s.mp3
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