Welcome to Swim Smooth, where amazing things happen. In the show we aim to bring our highly popular blogwww.feelforthewater.com to life with tips, tricks and techniques to help you maximise your swimming efficiency and enjoyment in the water. The show's hosts, Adam Young and Paul Newsome, will have interviews with a wide-range of athletes from the very top of the sport to the everyday heroes that espouse what the Swim Smooth philosophy is all about. Thanks for listening!
Happy New Year!
Here's the podcast you need to kick start your 2019 with a massive bang!
Today, we're very lucky to be talking with Professor Greg Whyte OBE - a legend in the Sports and Exercise Science world and a guy who has helped raise in excess of £40 million for Sport / Comic Relief with over 30 amazing challenges of human endurance with some of the world's most famous celebrities.
Greg was Swim Smooth Head Coach Paul Newsome's sports physiologist as part of Chris Jones's One Vision triathlon team back in the mid-90s and the inspiration behind Paul following his path in sports science and coaching.
Greg's book "Achieve the Impossible" is exactly what you need to kick start your year the right way. It's a brilliant compendium that seeks to help you set yourself some objectives for the future and then go after them with the type of tenacity that allowed Little Britain comedian David Walliams to swim the English Channel in an amazing 10h30m and to then swim the length of the River Thames (some 140+ miles in 8 days). You can see more about the book here:
We go into great depth about how to take on these amazing endurance events and look at how 4 "normal" ladies from the UK (all of whom have faced various personal challenges in their life), go from swimming head-up breaststroke to swimming the English Channel in under 14 hours in some terrible conditions. WARNING!! This is super inspirational and you can observe the full documentary on this here:
We hope you love the podcast with Greg and that it sets you up for a great 2019!
Paul & Adam
Ever wondered what this crazy-looking new sport of SwimRun is all about? You know, the world's biggest growth endurance sport that is turning heads and being rated as the single-hardest one day endurance event on the planet? Yeah, that one where you see people running around in their wetsuits, supposedly "cheating" with their pull buoy and paddles, and then weirdly swimming in their trainers from island to island?
Well wonder no more as today we are joined by the triple world champions, Annika Ericsson and Kristin Larsson who know a thing or two about the sport and are here to share their experiences and a wealth of knowledge and hopefully inspire you to take part in what has rapidly become Swim Smooth Head Coach Paul Newsome's favourite new sport!
Paul met up properly with Annika in Bali at the recent Bali-Hope SwimRun event where he was promptly beaten into submission by Annika and her male partner (on this occasion, Peter Aronsson, who smashed Paul & Andy Blow by 30 minutes in September) by just over 2 minutes. This followed a beating of nearly 8 minutes over the brutal 75km ÖtillÖ World Championship event in September (with Kristin at the helm) and by 20 minutes back in June 2016 at Paul's first event on the beautiful Isles of Scilly, UK. Needless to say, Paul has a new hero and it's that hero we're going to be speaking to today! So sit back, relax, enjoy and let's learn a little more about the sport of SwimRun!
You can learn more about Annika and Kristin at these links:
Some of the biggest and best SwimRun events can be found at the following links:
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Paul & Adam
Today we are joined by Head Coach Paul Newsome's long-time friend, fellow Bath University Sport & Exercise Science graduate, British triathlon team member, founder of www.precisionhydration.com (to name but one of his many exciting ventures!), and most recently, the guy who dragged Coach Paul around the world's toughest single-day endurance event, the infamous Otillo SwimRun World Championships in Sweden!!
Listen to Paul and Andy chew the fat about Sport Science and how / where their paths in this discipline diverged (Andy - more towards physiology, nutrition and testing; Paul - more towards biomechanics and coaching). Andy's story is super exciting from being a prospective Leicester City youth team soccer player in his early teens, to becoming a formidable force in triathlon in the early / mid-2000s, to now helping tens of thousands of athletes in sports as diverse as baseball to biathlon improve their performance through a better understanding of their hydration requirements.
You'll notice a distinct similarity in Andy's work with individualisation in this regard to our own Swim Types (www.swimtypes.com) coaching methodology, which was the primary prompt to interview Andy for your listening pleasure.
Andy shares some interesting insights into his time working with the Bennetton Formula One racing team and Porsche (much to Adam's excitement, being a massive F1 fan himself) including superstars such as Giancarlo Fisichella and Jenson Button and their cross-training pursuits into triathlon.
We look at simple hydration strategies that will really make a difference for you (as well as how to avoid pitfalls such as hyponatremia which can be life threatening).
Andy has put up a great article at https://goo.gl/ex9AKM which is well worth a read - you can even take their sophisticated online questionnaire which will help you pinpoint where your hydration requirements most likely lie.
For additional hydration tips and strategies and to follow some of the amazing athletes who use Precision Hydration to get their edge, follow them on @thesweatexperts on the usual social media channels.
What an amazing interview we have lined up for you today with the fastest ever female Ironman swimmer, Lucy Charles (UK) and her coach and partner, Reece Barclay (also a professional triathlete)!
Interestingly enough, Swim Smooth’s Head Coach, Paul Newsome’s best mate and former swim training partner (Roy Shepherdson), was one of Lucy’s favourite swim coaches back when she was 14 / 15 years of age and Lucy credits Roy with him directing her away from sprint freestyle into distance freestyle and eventually out into the open water. So we thought it’d be pretty cool to bring Coach Roy in on this chat to give an exclusive never-before-heard account of Lucy’s development as a swimmer to being today one of the best swimmers the sport of triathlon has ever seen! How’s that for a coincidence “small world” scene setting scenario!
In just the first 60 seconds of this podcast, Lucy’s thoughts and comments epitomise everything that Swim Smooth is all about. Listen to how she refutes the need to look pretty to be effective in the water as she very much embodies our “Swinger” Swim Type (www.swimtypes.com):
“People would probably say that my stroke, looking at it from the outside, is a fairly messy stroke - I’ve got a very high turn-over (stroke rate) and I haven’t got much of a leg kick either, so most coaches I ever had would tell me off for not kicking my legs (which I always found quite funny) and no matter what I did - I tried to work on it - but because the front end of the stroke was moving so fast, I just didn’t have the coordination to do that with my legs as well. I think it seems to work pretty well for open water - it’s definitely served me well so far - the key thing is, it might look a little bit messy from above the water but everything under the water is doing what you’re supposed to do and is quite a strong, powerful pull. I think when I was more of a pool swimmer, it was probably a bit of a neater stroke, but I’ve adapted it without really realising it for the open water.”
You can read / watch more about Lucy’s stroke here, including a full analysis by Paul Newsome of her stroke:
Super-Fish Lucy Charles - The World's Fastest Female Triathlete In Water? (July 2016)
We thought it would be even cooler to tag on a short 2 minute segment at the end with an interview between Paul Newsome and Britain’s best ever pool / open water swimmer, David Davies, who took a bronze in the 1500m freestyle in Athens (2004) and a silver in the 10km open water event in Beijing (2008) before famously failing to qualify for the London Olympic Games (2012) due to a new team of coaches who tried to make David look prettier in the water, only to see him do the one thing that his original coach (Dave Haller) said to never do: change what worked for him:
“When I swam 1500m in Athens in 2004 (where he won an Olympic bronze medal) I would swim with 40 strokes per length and a stroke rate of 94spm and that was my optimum stroke rate. I could increase my stroke length and look better, but I could never sustain that. When I met Paul and we had this chat it was like “wow, someone understands me and my stroke”. The way I swam was a little different and I used to swim next to Grant Hackett one of the best freestylers of all time - I looked a little like a rag doll next to him but I came pretty close to him in Athens and that was the best way for me to swim. When I started swimming I had a very experienced coach (Dave Haller) but people used to say I had a spider stroke - a very high turn-over and my hips used to swing a bit - but my coach said don’t ever try and change your stroke - that’s the way you’re supposed to swim.”
You can watch more about David’s stroke here:
https://www.swimsmooth.guru/streamvideo/cLi/cyx/david-davies-on-his-swinger-stroke-style/ (February 2014)
Enjoy and thanks for listening!
You might find the supporting links, articles and websites in chronological order useful as a reference point:
▪ 2004 - www.swimsmooth.com is launched with our first product: https://shop.swimsmooth.com/collections/legacy-dvds/products/swim-smooth-dvd-boxset
▪ 2005 - Paul & Mish (now Paul’s wife) head off around the UK running clinics and 1-2-1 sessions
▪ 2006 - the “Flame Wars” on http://tritalk.co.uk reach boiling point between Swim Smooth and Total Immersion
▪ 2007 - Adam attends his first Swim Smooth 1-day swimmer’s clinic
▪ 2008 - Paul and Adam’s friendship builds and Adam drives the online presence in a way that Paul hasn’t been able to do himself. Our first Learn To Swim DVD is produced in sunny Essex, UK (https://shop.swimsmooth.com/collections/legacy-dvds/products/swim-smooth-learn-to-swim-program-dvd ) and the idea for “Swim Types” starts to germinate.
▪ 2009 - Adam’s brainchild (the Mr Smooth animation) is launched (http://www.swimsmooth.com/info/mr-smooth-free-app ). Increase in awareness of Swim Smooth starts to build, ultimately rising to a subscribership of over 125,000 weekly readers of our FREE blog www.feelforthewater.com
▪ 2010 - British Triathlon announces Swim Smooth as their coach education partner http://www.triathlonbusiness.com/2010/industry-news/swim-smooth-for-british-triathlon/ and the first 3-day Swim Smooth Coach Education Course (http://www.swimsmooth.com/improve/coach-education/swim-smooth-three-day-coach-education-course ) is run and we officially launch www.swimtypes.com
▪ 2011 - Our third DVD, the Catch Masterclass https://shop.swimsmooth.com/collections/legacy-dvds/products/swim-smooth-catch-masterclass-dvd goes on to being the fastest selling swimming DVD on the internet and we run our first 2-week Certified Coaches Course (http://www.swimsmooth.com/coaches/become-a-coach ) in Perth. We partner up with HUUB Design to create the world’s best wetsuit (as used by the Brownlee Brothers: https://shop.swimsmooth.com/collections/wetsuits )
▪ 2012 - We launch our very first Certified Swim Smooth Coaches (http://www.swimsmooth.com/coaches/find-a-coach ) of which we now have 48 worldwide (and growing) - make sure you register at http://www.swimsmooth.com/coaches/join-the-coaches-network Wiley & Sons (the world’s biggest book publishing company) approach Swim Smooth to write a book on swimming which quickly becomes one of the best selling and highest rated books on swim coaching of all time (https://www.amazon.com/Swim-Smooth-Complete-Coaching-Triathletes/dp/1119963192#customerReviews
▪ 2013 - Paul wins the world’s most prestigious marathon swimming event http://www.feelforthewater.com/2013/06/paul-newsomes-winning-manhattan-race.html and cements Swim Smooth in the history books as not just an effective way to swim, but a FAST way to swim too!
▪ 2014 - The International Triathlon Union announces Swim Smooth as their coaching partner (https://www.triathlon.org/news/article/itu_partners_with_swim_smooth ) which sees Swim Smooth being put out around the world in 119 countries via the various triathlon governing bodies. We launch our biggest project to date, the Swim Smooth Guru (www.swimsmooth.guru )
▪ 2015 - Work commences on our Swim Smooth Kids program
▪ 2016 - The Swim Smooth Guru is refined, tweaked and improved to contain exciting new features such as CSS Tweaking and Fitness Tracking (http://www.feelforthewater.com/2018/11/10-ways-to-improve-your-swimming-with.html )
▪ 2017 - Filming commences on the Swim Smooth Kids program and we begin developing our coaching presence in the USA
▪ 2018 - We launch the new Swim Smooth podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/swim-smooth/id1441577778?mt=2 ) and also our brand new trip of a lifetime to Perth (http://www.swimsmooth.com/info/win-a-trip-to-perth )
Paul and Adam meet up with Dean Jackson, or "Deano" to discuss Ross Edgley's brilliant #GreatBritishSwim as well as how the Brownlee Brothers have helped to shape the future of the brand, originally conceived in a Costa Coffee in Folkestone, UK!
This fact-filled show charters the history of the UK's biggest and best wetsuit brand, HUUB Design. During the show, Dean Jackson (#gamechanger) discusses with Paul and Adam the vision for the company and recalls how Paul and Adam's insight utilising the Swim Smooth Swim Types methodology helped conceive the first few series of suits to embrace and acknowledge how everyone needs a suit to fit them individually with respect to their buoyancy profile and how they swim.
We get the low-down and juicy inside information about Red Bull's Ross Edgley's amazing 2800km swim around the UK (#GreatBritishSwim) and how many wetsuits it took to get him round during this epic 157 circumnavigation to set an amazing new world record.
Dean discusses how the Brownlee Brothers (who share 4 Olympic medals in triathlon, including 2 gold) helped give their insight into the new Agilis suit and we also hear about what the future has instore with the new HUUB / Wattbike track cycling team.
One thing's for sure - this is a not-to-be-missed episode of the Swim Smooth Podcast!
Tom Hickman is the founder of SE Asia's very first SwimRun event, taking place in Bali on the 5th to 9th December 2018. Head Coach, Paul Newsome, will be partaking in the event on the island of Nusa-Lembogan.
In the show Paul and Adam discuss with Tom the issues of plastic wastage facing the oceans and waterways of the world, specifically in the Bali region. We discuss the event itself and how to train up for a SwimRun event including a brief discussion on equipment choices etc. The guys also discuss the charity aspect of the event and how Paul and teammate Brad Smith will be getting their hands dirty on the beaches with a plastics clean-up effort as well as visiting schools and local communities in the region in aid of the Bali Children's Foundation.
To donate to this very worthy cause and give the boys a bit of support, please visit: https://balihopeswimrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/team-swim-smooth
You might also like to watch this clip of Paul and Andy Blow from Precision Hydration discussing further details of SwimRun equipment choices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGXWEn3M5yk
Thanks for listening! We'll be back shortly with an interview with Dean Jackson, the man behind HUUB Design wetsuits.
Welcome to the very first episode of the Swim Smooth Podcast - we are super excited to have 2018 Ironman World Age Group Champion and World Record Holder (8h24m if you don't mind with a 2h50m run off the bike!), Dan Plews, from www.plewsandprof.com joining us on the show to chew the fat about all things "endurance" and to of course divulge some of his wisdom, insight and training tactics and methodologies that resulted in a truly phenomenal result in Kona and 22nd place overall. Dan's amazing 2h50m run was the 5th fastest of the entire day and he gets stuck into telling us exactly how he approached that. His pacing was amazing at between 4:05 and 4:10/km for the full marathon after having split an average of 259w on the way out on the bike course and 261w on the way back - HUGE wattage in a controlled manner for this 74kg athlete!
*SPECIAL BONUS MATERIAL* watch Head Coach, Paul Newsome's video analysis of Dan's stroke from September 2017 when Dan announced to Paul his intentions to try and win the overall Age Group award in Kona here: goo.gl/4rNxbT - as you'll discover in the interview, Dan is a huge fan of our www.swimsmooth.guru and used primarily our #RedMist endurance sessions to ready himself for his assault on Kona!
Also check out the site www.hrv4training.com which Paul and Dan discuss to explain how Dan's insight into HRV (Heart Rate Variability) testing and monitoring has led to Dan monitoring his training health and recovery in a way that he can predict performance to a good degree of certainty and equally know when to take a day off (or not!).
Paul and Adam also deliver their #2kswimeveryotherday challenge and discuss how using a single paddle in your training can really help maximise your stroke!
It's a bumper first episode, so please let us know what you think and share far and wide so we can keep pumping out the kind of material that you've come to know and love on our 125,000+ blog subscribership www.feelforthewater.com - thanks!