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Well two days and no answers (though a few comments asking for clarification). So here's my two cents: As you have experienced, treading water is quite different from swimming. It's definitely a different skill. As a child I learned to swim underwater well before learning any proper swimming strokes. I would pretend I was a seal. Eventually I learned ...


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Meetup is a useful place for meeting people with similar goals. Most towns, especially college towns, have a local running club; surely you can Google around for more info. Or inquire at your local running store. They're usually very familiar with the local clubs and events. The track club in my college town even led a marathon training program every ...


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A different take, here is a simple progression you can practice. You should start in the pool and at a depth where you can push off the bottom to the top relatively quickly but cannot touch the bottom without going completely underwater by ~30cm. With the below progressions, once you can comfortably do 3 sets of 20 seconds then add the next. Hold onto ...


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Breaststroke timing is something I always struggled with (and still do when I do subject myself to the stroke in training). Mike Alexandrov, a two-time Olympian and breaststroke NCAA champion breaks down the pull and timing sequence well in a 3-drill progression here. It includes videos of him performing the drills, which might help you improve your own ...



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