MAY 2019
pull freestyle

Have your program do the SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Summer Fitness Challenge on July 15-31. Your swimmers can complete this 2K swim any way they desire.

Bill Brenner, headshot

Q) What can I do to gain the skills necessary to successfully coach triathletes if I don't know much about the sport?

A) My philosophy is to train all triathletes to be swimmers. This builds their confidence, swimming endurance, and efficiency. Proper training should also reduce the risk of injury to the athlete. You should also become knowledgeable in the following areas to effectively coach a triathlete competing in the open water:
  • Race strategy: start, pace, finish
  • Skills: sighting, buoy turns, drafting
  • Stroke technique: breathing, timing, propulsion, efficiency
  • Energy systems
  • Purpose of interval training

About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming encourages adults to enjoy the health, fitness, and social benefits of swimming by providing more than 2,000 adult swimming programs and events across the country, including open water and pool competitions. USMS's nearly 65,000 members range from age 18 to 99 and include swimmers of all ability levels. USMS, a nonprofit, also trains and certifies coaches and provides online workouts, a bimonthly member magazine, monthly newsletters, and technique articles and videos at

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