Just Get in the Pool

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? It’s a perplexing question, isn’t it? Less than a year ago, I had a similar thought: do I hate swimming because I’m bad at it or am I bad at swimming because I hate it??? It’s cyclical and it’s actually a simple... Read More

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Can You Let Me in on a Secret?

Marcia Cleveland is one of VQ’s knowledgeable swim coaches with an impressive swim career of her own to boot. Her coaching focus is on helping athletes achieve their goals and designing programs that allow for the fulfillment of potential within a balanced life. She’s waiting to hear you say: “I DID IT!” Read More

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How in the World Did I Ever Get into Open Water Swimming? aka How Can I Improve My Own Swimming?

Come on… There are thousands of other activities a single gal in her earlier twenties living in Manhattan could be doing. What possessed me to “take the plunge” into those cool, dark waters, free of lane lines, without visible bottoms, inhabited with living things that had teeth? I guess I can blame some of it on peer pressure from my fellow swimmates at the time--everybody who was “anybody” was going to swim at Rockaway Beach in Queens on the weekends. Read More

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One Leg at a Time

Volume and intensity tend to be the two performance components in which endurance athletes focus most of their efforts. These areas tend to yield the quickest and most recognizable gains. However... Read More

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