In one sentence each, how do you best develop the racing skills for:

Breathing: Focus upon breathing out, your body will fill your lungs back up again naturally.joe-beer1-199x300

Positioning: Every race is different; however you can draft so use people’s feet to save energy.

Dealing with unwanted contact: Relax. Most people are in the same boat. Don’t be aggressive back, try to find clear water.

Sighting: In swimming pool sessions, site objects ahead and to the side whilst still trying to breathe efficiently.

Drafting: Buddy up and get used to swimming just to the side of other people’s feet, so you can maintain your preferred side for breathing.

~Joe Beer


Joe Beer is one of the UK’s leading multi-sport coaches with a breath and depth of experience covering endurance training, sports nutrition and advanced sports technology. Joe is a five time Ironman including the legendary Hawaii Ironman World Championship. Thirty multi-sport seasons and counting, he continues to race multi-sport events and time trials.

Joe has worked with leading athletes, such as legendary champion cyclist Graeme Obree, the UK’s first Ironman winner Matt Belfield, Scottish Ironman record holder (8h 17mins) & Ironman Wales winner – Scott Neyedli and Outlaw iron-distance winner 2013 Vicky Gill. Joe works with elite triathletes to first time Ironman wannabes, leading time triallists to club riders. He has  written over 1,000 articles in magazines including 220 Triathlon, Cycling Plus, and Runners World. His first Triathlon book was published by Harper Collins in 2008.


Related Posts

9
Sep

This Kona Ironman Triathlete Shaved 7 Minutes off Swim Time with Vasa Training

Ironman World Championship Special Interview    Salt Lake City based triathlete Nate Zarlengo has been racing triathlons for 11 years and has experienced incredible success by qualifying for the Ironman World Championships twice. During the 2021 Ironman Coeur D’Alene, Nate experienced a significant personal record by improving his swim time by 7 minutes. He went […]
17
Aug

Paralympic Triathlon Training with Chris Hammer

Vasa had the privilege of interviewing #3 Ranked Paratriathlete Chris Hammer about his experience preparing for the 2020 Paralympic Games and why he considers the Vasa SwimErg a vital tool in his paralympic triathlon training preparation.  We’re honored to call Chris a #VasaAthlete! Chris was born with one hand, the result of a congenital condition. […]
29
Oct

How Swimmers & Triathletes Used A Special Swim Training Machine During The Age of Covid-19

How to Have Swim Training Success During Covid-19 Global Health Crisis On March 20, 2020, I experienced a moment of existential dread that was unlike anything I’d ever felt before. It wasn’t because I was only three days away from becoming a father and had absolutely no clue what I was doing. It’s because my […]
25
Feb

Get More With Less - The Benefits of Circuit Strength Training

Maximize your training time with circuits that improve power, endurance, and strength. Jack Fabian, Ph.D. (former head swim coach at Keene State College & the US National open water swim team), knows firsthand that high-intensity circuits are one of the most efficient ways to build power, endurance, and  strength. “For younger athletes, circuits help develop […]