Linda McLean Triathlon coaching

10July

Linda McLean Triathlon coaching

The last couple of months have been very exciting, starting off with attending a 3day Swim Smooth coaching course in Sunny Mallorca. Based at the Best swim Centre in the south of the island, we had very long days working on swim technique, stroke analysis, fault Id and correction, video analysis, ramp tests, CSS testing and program management.

We also got the chance on the last day to look at pro- swimmer Keri-Anne Payne and see how we should all be swimming.

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On the 14th June I was working at the Bruce Triathlon, being held at Lochore Meadows where I had the job of warming up 102 kids before they raced in the Youth Aquathon races. Swim conditions were very hard for the Tri Star races but with the support of myself and Natalie Milne we got them through.

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2 of my EUTri Performance Squad members have been having some great races over the last few weeks

With Bronagh Wishart making her Age Group debut at the European Sprint Championship, finishing in the top 30.

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And in Wales. Nicholas Allan had finished 4th overall and 1st in his age group qualifying him for the World Championship to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands in September.

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I have been working closely with Cat Morrison (MBE) and Durty Events. On an open water swim school in preparation for the first ever Ironman event in Scotland. Edinburgh 70.3.

 

We offered people the opportunity to improve their open water skills and to get more confident when swimming in the open water, by having 2 sessions at Edinburgh University’s swimming pool. Then 2 sessions at Foxlake Adventures at Dunbar, this allowed people to swim in a controlled environment with support during the swims. We then ventured into the sea at Gullane beach on a very wet night for the first session in the salt water. The last session took place at the 70.3 race venue in Cockenzie on a little bit of a swell (but nothing like race day)

We had over 40 people sign up for the course and it proved to be a great success, looking forward to  having another course next year.

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“I learned so much at The Open Water Swim training; sighting, drafting, swimming in a pack, getting a wetsuit on & off. It was amazing!

Linda is so full of encouragement and positivity. It was fun and relaxed but the importance of personal safety was always kept to the fore.”

Diane Hunter

“I felt that despite having OW experience the extra coaching was extremely valuable when faced with such adverse conditions during the Edinburgh 70.3 Ironman. The difference was that instead of panicking like I think many did, I remembered all of Linda’s and Cat’s tips. The result was that I swallowed next to no sea water and got into a rytheme started to really enjoy my battle with the sea” 

Sue O’neil-berest

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