Ironman Swim Hack – Find a swim squad if you want to swim faster
Ironman Swim Hack – Find a swim squad if you want to swim faster

Ironman Swim Hack – Find a swim squad if you want to swim faster

Ironman Swim Hack – Find a swim squad if you want to swim faster

We head down under again today to catch up with Ironman Age Grouper Jody Gilchrist. Jody swears by the using a swim squad to push you to swim faster. In this podcast she reveals why.

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BRAD BROWN:  You’re listening to The Kona Edge, I’m Brad Brown and we’ve got a returning guest joining us today from Melbourne, Australia, Jody Gilchrist. Jody, welcome, nice to have you back on, welcome.

JODY GILCHRIST:  Hi Brad, great to be back, thank you.

BRAD BROWN:  Jody, let’s talk about your Ironman swim. I know it’s probably the least favorite of the three disciplines for you personally, but it’s something you put a lot of hard work into.

What would you say is the biggest thing that you’ve done that’s given you the biggest improvement in your Ironman swim performance when it comes to Ironman triathlons?

The one thing to improve your Ironman swim performance

JODY GILCHRIST:  Firstly, it’s not something I dislike, it’s just something I’m not that great at. So, I think consistency is really important.

Just getting in the water, day in and day out and follow your program. Make sure you get the right people around you. Setting good swim sets and having a swim squad where there’s a coach on pool deck critiquing your stroke. Stopping you when you’re getting sloppy and trying to dial your body position.

I guess I would say having Xavier from TEAM Tri Coaching, as well as Michael Harvey, who is another coach and a very excellent swimmer, watching me over the last few years. I’ve now joined another swim squad to add a bit more speed and endurance into my swimming. That’s just started this year with the hope to improve my speed over the Ironman race.

The role of a swim squad in your Ironman training

BRAD BROWN:  Jody, a lot of people discount the value of a swim squad. I’ll be the first to admit, I was one of those people. I used to swim fairly competitively as a kid. I used to swim lots of swim squad and I hated it. When I started triathlon I thought, you know what, my technique is fine, I’m not even going to bother. I’m just going to go and bomb lengths in my local gym pool.

This year I too have joined a swim squad, probably for the first time in 20 years and I can’t get over the difference it’s making to my swimming. Would you say it doesn’t matter what level swimmer you are, join a swim squad, it’s critical?

JODY GILCHRIST:  100%. Even if it’s just for somebody pointing out things that you are doing wrong. I go to every swim session that’s set on my Ironman training program. In the past I’ve done them on my own, for convenience sake. This preparation I’ve decided to bite the bullet and make a bigger effort to get to a swim squad, just to be challenged.

We’re competitive people, even if you’re in the slow lane. I’m literally the slowest person in the slow lane and with this new swim squad, I am trying hard to get keep up with the second slowest person. That’s something that you need to value, being competitive. If you have other people around you, you will push yourself a little bit harder.

BRAD BROWN:  Jody, your favorite workout in the pool, what sort of swimming workout do you love doing?

Improve your Ironman swim time with descending swim sets

JODY GILCHRIST:  I love descending sets, mentally I find them really good. So, for instance, if I have, we might do something like 10 x 50’s, pool paddle band, with a 100m hard and then it’ll be 8 x 50, same, 100m hard, 6 x 50, 100m hard, so I know it’s coming down, down, down, so I can keep going, there’s less to do.

BRAD BROWN:  I love that and it is not one I’ve done. I’m going to have to have a word with my swim coach and say let’s give that one a bash. Jody, thank you so much for your time once again here on The Kona Edge, much appreciated, we look forward to catching up again soon.

JODY GILCHRIST:  Thank you, bye.

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He's subsequently lost a third of his body weight on the way to a half Ironman pb of 5:06 and a full Ironman pb of 12:21.

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We head down under again today to catch up with Ironman Age Grouper Jody Gilchrist. Jody swears by the using a swim squad to push you to swim faster. In this podcast she reveals why.

Transcription:

BRAD BROWN:  You’re listening to The Kona Edge, I’m Brad Brown and we’ve got a returning guest joining us today from Melbourne, Australia, Jody Gilchrist. Jody, welcome, nice to have you back on, welcome.

JODY GILCHRIST:  Hi Brad, great to be back, thank you.

BRAD BROWN:  Jody, let’s talk about your Ironman swim. I know it’s probably the least favorite of the three disciplines for you personally, but it’s something you put a lot of hard work into.

What would you say is the biggest thing that you’ve done that’s given you the biggest improvement in your Ironman swim performance when it comes to Ironman triathlons?

The one thing to improve your Ironman swim performance

JODY GILCHRIST:  Firstly, it’s not something I dislike, it’s just something I’m not that great at. So, I think consistency is really important.

Just getting in the water, day in and day out and follow your program. Make sure you get the right people around you. Setting good swim sets and having a swim squad where there’s a coach on pool deck critiquing your stroke. Stopping you when you’re getting sloppy and trying to dial your body position.

I guess I would say having Xavier from TEAM Tri Coaching, as well as Michael Harvey, who is another coach and a very excellent swimmer, watching me over the last few years. I’ve now joined another swim squad to add a bit more speed and endurance into my swimming. That’s just started this year with the hope to improve my speed over the Ironman race.

The role of a swim squad in your Ironman training

BRAD BROWN:  Jody, a lot of people discount the value of a swim squad. I’ll be the first to admit, I was one of those people. I used to swim fairly competitively as a kid. I used to swim lots of swim squad and I hated it. When I started triathlon I thought, you know what, my technique is fine, I’m not even going to bother. I’m just going to go and bomb lengths in my local gym pool.

This year I too have joined a swim squad, probably for the first time in 20 years and I can’t get over the difference it’s making to my swimming. Would you say it doesn’t matter what level swimmer you are, join a swim squad, it’s critical?

JODY GILCHRIST:  100%. Even if it’s just for somebody pointing out things that you are doing wrong. I go to every swim session that’s set on my Ironman training program. In the past I've done them on my own, for convenience sake. This preparation I’ve decided to bite the bullet and make a bigger effort to get to a swim squad, just to be challenged.

We’re competitive people, even if you’re in the slow lane. I’m literally the slowest person in the slow lane and with this new swim squad, I am trying hard to get keep up with the second slowest person. That’s something that you need to value, being competitive. If you have other people around you, you will push yourself a little bit harder.

BRAD BROWN:  Jody, your favorite workout in the pool, what sort of swimming workout do you love doing?

Improve your Ironman swim time with descending swim sets

JODY GILCHRIST:  I love descending sets, mentally I find them really good. So, for instance, if I have, we might do something like 10 x 50’s, pool paddle band, with a 100m hard and then it’ll be 8 x 50, same, 100m hard, 6 x 50, 100m hard, so I know it’s coming down, down, down, so I can keep going, there’s less to do.

BRAD BROWN:  I love that and it is not one I’ve done. I’m going to have to have a word with my swim coach and say let’s give that one a bash. Jody, thank you so much for your time once again here on The Kona Edge, much appreciated, we look forward to catching up again soon.

JODY GILCHRIST:  Thank you, bye.

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