Navigating Big Life Changes with Kim Schwabenbauer

Navigating Big Life Changes with Kim Schwabenbauer

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 03:22 – On being 21 weeks pregnant 13:06 – How The Experience of Working With Athletes Help in Being a Parent 16:34 – “Having a baby is just like doing an ironman…” 20:14 – How Prolonged Exercise Will Wear Your Immunity 23:00 – The Complete Recipe For Disaster For Athletes 29:20 – When Is The Best Time For Beer? 33:44 – Fundamentals of High Level Training 43:30 – The Convenience of Using Formulated Products 50:20 – “The Bloody Mary Gel” I’ll be in the US this April running freestyle clinics. These clinics have been running for a couple of years in Australia. They’ve been really popular because of the results that swimmers and triathletes are getting. In these clinics, you’re filmed underwater and above the water and then given detailed analysis of your stroke to find areas you can improve and find speed. It’s

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Pushing The Limit With Craig Percival

Pushing The Limit With Craig Percival

In this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Craig Percival. He and his wife run the AquaShop here in Melbourne. That’s how I got to know him. He previously shared with us a short video with his tips in choosing the right wet suit. Click here to watch that video. Craig is an extremely successful triathlete, finishing second in The Ultraman World Championships in 2014. He’s completed 20 Ironman events, a 4-time Hawaii-finisher and is now getting ready for his biggest challenge yet – 8-iron distance events in 8 days in the 8 different states and territories in Australia. His journey begins on March 6th. 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 8in8in8 came to be what he teaches his athletes when he coaches them in the pool 02:57 – How 8in8in8 Started 05:05 – “It’s a massive undertaking…” 09:45 – Will it be harder than Ultraman? 21:05 – The Reward of Training 24:49 – The Challenge of Nutrition During The Competition 30:08 – Kicking Can Create Fatigue 30:50 – The Tempo Trainer 36:16 – Wetsuit or Non-wetsuit? 41:00 – Racing for a cause To learn more about Craig’s challenge,

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Escaping Sleep Deprivation with Andre Obradovic

Escaping Sleep Deprivation with Andre Obradovic

This episode’s guest is Andre Obradovic. Andre is a mindset, health and well-being coach. Andre specializes in sleep coaching. He works with executives and athletes in helping them get more control of their sleeping habits. In this podcast, Andre and I discuss: 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 new technology to track your sleep and performance 02:20 – Hero or just sleep-deprived? 07:49 – The Relationship of Mental Fogginess and Sleep 10:24 – Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep 11:03 – The Power of Power Naps 18:47 – Your Physical and Mental Work 19:30 – How Athletes Can Get Better Sleep and Perfrom Better 24:58 – Building Habits of Being Prepared 34:57 – Lack of Sleep = Alcohol in Your System 41:00 – Bad Sleep Causes Weight Gain 44:50 – How To Work With Andre Here are additional notes Andre has provided: During sleep the bulk of your naturally occurring human growth hormone (HGH) is released. This aids in muscle repair, which also occurs primarily while you sleep. Sleep allows your brain to recover and organize and make sense of your day/life. 7-8 hours is normal in adults, 9-10 in teens, 10+

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From Broken Collarbone To Pro Triathlete In 3 Years with Kim Schwabenbauer

From Broken Collarbone To Pro Triathlete In 3 Years with Kim Schwabenbauer

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 and I 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 reasons behind 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 her work visit her website www.fuelyourpassion.net Details about her training camp can be found here.

How To Hold A Faster Pace In Open Water

How To Hold A Faster Pace In Open Water

What can you focus on in your next triathlon swim or open water swim to hold a faster pace? I did my first 70.3 distance event recently in Ballarat, Australia. I swum 22:44 for the 1.9km and was the fastest age grouper and 5th overall out of the water. There are a few things I was thinking about during the swim that helped me have a good race, hold a strong pace and come out of the water feeling relatively fresh which I share in this podcast. 01:02 – Your technique should be automatic 02:34 – Sight and breathe method 03:10 – The Rhythm 04:11 – Am I swimming fast and is it sustainable? 04:35 – Controlling Your Heart Rate 05:10 – Why It’s Important to Swim Your Own Race 05:48 – Good Alignment vs Recovery 06:10 – The Best Way To Be Balanced in The Water 06:50 – How To Not Be A Victim Become a better swimmer in 2016 by attending one of our freestyle stroke correction clinics or by joining the Effortless Swimming Membership. It’s where triathletes, open water and pool swimmers go to improve their swimming.

Race Ready With Gerry Rodrigues of Tower 26

Race Ready With Gerry Rodrigues of Tower 26

In this episode, we have Gerry Rodrigues of Tower 26. Tower 26 is a well-known swimming group in Santa Monica, United States where Gerry coaches a number of athletes (mostly triathletes). Listen in as Gerry discusses: the difference between training a swimmer versus training a triathlete his philosophy in swimming his approach in workouts how he structure his programs 01:28 – The Outliers 02:59 – The Structural Presence of The Body 03:56 – The Importance of “Alignment” 04:36 – Is your hand generating propulsion in the water? 08:27 – Why Technique is Not The Holy Grail 09:45 – How To Get The Most Out of Your Time Investment 15:16 – The Best Way To Get Yourself Race-Ready 19:39 – Extracting Absolute Performance at A Very Short Period of Time 25:20 – What Are The Demands of The Race? 31:16 – Good Skill Building + Appropriate Training Protocols = 2 to 3 Minutes Per Mile To learn more about Gerry and his work, visit www.Tower26.com