Swim Faster: Ironman AG World Champion Dan Stubleski shares his Ironman Tips

Swim Faster: Ironman AG World Champion Dan Stubleski shares his Ironman Tips

Swim Faster: Ironman AG World Champion Dan Stubleski shares his Ironman Tips

Swim Faster: Ironman AG World Champion Dan Stubleski shares his Ironman Tips

Brad Brown caught up with Dan Stubleski on this episode of The Kona Edge. Dan won his age group at Ironman Kona in 2014 and went back in 2015 and defended his title. On this podcast Dan shares with Brad what he does in the water to improve his Ironman Swim performance.

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BRAD BROWN:  Welcome back onto the next edition of The Kona Edge, I’m Brad Brown, it’s brilliant to have you join us once again, thanks for listening and downloading this podcast. You can catch us on Stitcher as well as on iTunes, we’d love it if you left us a review. Joining us is someone who has been on the podcast before. He has won his age group twice at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Dan Stubleski, welcome, nice to chat once again.

DAN STUBLESKI:  Yes, nice to talk to you.

BRAD BROWN:  Dan, the first time we spoke, we spoke a little about your swim and you were saying it’s not your strongest discipline and you find that you’re a bit back from the lead pack when you get out the water. As far as swimming goes, is it something you found came quite naturally to you or did you need to work quite hard at it?

DAN STUBLESKI:  I did need to work quite hard at it. I first started swimming in 2010 and I could barely make it down and back in my pool, which is a 25m pool. That was just to keep working and working and pushing yourself and it finally came around.

BRAD BROWN:  Your first open water swim, were you freaked out? Was it something that made you really nervous first time around?

DAN STUBLESKI:  No, because it was in the ocean, I always like swimming in the ocean cause it’s like an aquarium, that was in Maui. I kind of get a little bit like darker water, lakes and stuff like that kind of freak me out a little bit more.

One thing that has improved my Ironman swim

BRAD BROWN:  As far as one thing you’ve done to get better in the water, can you pinpoint one thing that you think has made a huge difference to your  Ironman swim performance?

DAN STUBLESKI:  It’s hard to say, just keep consistency maybe, keep doing it over and over you know?

BRAD BROWN:  Michigan is not an Ironman hotbed, so to speak, there’s not hundreds and thousands of Ironman athletes around where you are, do you belong to a swim squad or do you tend to train on your own?

DAN STUBLESKI:  I train on my own. There’s not too many people in my area that do Ironman. There’s a few here and there, but not a lot. I’m usually just by myself.

BRAD BROWN:  Talk to me about your favourite Ironman swim workout? I don’t know if you do, but I get terribly bored just chasing lines in a swimming pool backward and forward, what sort of stuff do you do to mix things up and what do you absolutely love doing in the pool from a workout perspective?

Will listening to music in training help with your Ironman Swim?

DAN STUBLESKI:  Usually I don’t follow too many workouts. I’m kinda basic. I just have headphones in, so that helps when I train for my Ironman swim. Listening to music. I just keep really chasing numbers, on time, I’ll keep a pace clock and count my laps. Every time I try and swim more and more in the same amount of time.

BRAD BROWN:  What sort of music do you listen to?

DAN STUBLESKI:  Pretty much everything, rock ‘n roll, top 20’s, stuff like that, top 100.

BRAD BROWN:  I’m trying to get the secret here to what helped you win your Ironman age group!

DAN STUBLESKI:  I can’t give too many secrets out, right?

BRAD BROWN:  I love it, Dan, thank you so much for your time once again here on The Kona Edge, next time up I think let’s chat a little bit about your bike, that’s obviously your strong suite, you’re a machine on a bicycle and I want to find out why. We’ll save that for next time, so thanks for your time today mate.

DAN STUBLESKI:  All right, thank you.

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On this episode of The Kona Edge Brad Brown caught up with Dan Stubleski. Dan won his age group at Ironman Kona in 2014 and went back in 2015 and defended his title. On this podcast Dan shares with Brad what he does in the water to improve his Ironman Swim performance.

Transcription:

BRAD BROWN:  Welcome back onto the next edition of The Kona Edge, I’m Brad Brown, it’s brilliant to have you join us once again, thanks for listening and downloading this podcast. You can catch us on Stitcher as well as on iTunes, we’d love it if you left us a review. Joining us is someone who has been on the podcast before. He has won his age group twice at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Dan Stubleski, welcome, nice to chat once again.

DAN STUBLESKI:  Yes, nice to talk to you.

BRAD BROWN:  Dan, the first time we spoke, we spoke a little about your swim and you were saying it’s not your strongest discipline and you find that you’re a bit back from the lead pack when you get out the water. As far as swimming goes, is it something you found came quite naturally to you or did you need to work quite hard at it?

DAN STUBLESKI:  I did need to work quite hard at it. I first started swimming in 2010 and I could barely make it down and back in my pool, which is a 25m pool. That was just to keep working and working and pushing yourself and it finally came around.

BRAD BROWN:  Your first open water swim, were you freaked out? Was it something that made you really nervous first time around?

DAN STUBLESKI:  No, because it was in the ocean, I always like swimming in the ocean cause it’s like an aquarium, that was in Maui. I kind of get a little bit like darker water, lakes and stuff like that kind of freak me out a little bit more.

One thing that has improved my Ironman swim

BRAD BROWN:  As far as one thing you’ve done to get better in the water, can you pinpoint one thing that you think has made a huge difference to your  Ironman swim performance?

DAN STUBLESKI:  It’s hard to say, just keep consistency maybe, keep doing it over and over you know?

BRAD BROWN:  Michigan is not an Ironman hotbed, so to speak, there’s not hundreds and thousands of Ironman athletes around where you are, do you belong to a swim squad or do you tend to train on your own?

DAN STUBLESKI:  I train on my own. There’s not too many people in my area that do Ironman. There’s a few here and there, but not a lot. I’m usually just by myself.

BRAD BROWN:  Talk to me about your favourite Ironman swim workout? I don’t know if you do, but I get terribly bored just chasing lines in a swimming pool backward and forward, what sort of stuff do you do to mix things up and what do you absolutely love doing in the pool from a workout perspective?

Will listening to music in training help with your Ironman Swim?

DAN STUBLESKI:  Usually I don’t follow too many workouts. I’m kinda basic. I just have headphones in, so that helps when I train for my Ironman swim. Listening to music. I just keep really chasing numbers, on time, I’ll keep a pace clock and count my laps. Every time I try and swim more and more in the same amount of time.

BRAD BROWN:  What sort of music do you listen to?

DAN STUBLESKI:  Pretty much everything, rock ‘n roll, top 20’s, stuff like that, top 100.

BRAD BROWN:  I’m trying to get the secret here to what helped you win your Ironman age group!

DAN STUBLESKI:  I can’t give too many secrets out, right?

BRAD BROWN:  I love it, Dan, thank you so much for your time once again here on The Kona Edge, next time up I think let’s chat a little bit about your bike, that’s obviously your strong suite, you’re a machine on a bicycle and I want to find out why. We’ll save that for next time, so thanks for your time today mate.

DAN STUBLESKI:  All right, thank you.[/membership]

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