This podcast chats to elite Masters Swimmers from around the world, both pool and open water champions. Some are Olympians, and are competing well into their late 20's and beyond, conquering feats other swimmers are in awe of. Others have unfinished business from their youth, rediscovering their love of swimming and taking their accomplishments to new heights. Who are these superstars? Why do they swim? How do they continue to perform at such high levels. We discover the answers to these and many more questions, as we chat to each of our very special guests. So settle down with a cuppa, and listen to your weekly dose of all things Masters Swimming.
Torpedo Swimtalk with Helen Davis
Today's guest is British Masters Swimmer and Swim England Sports Psychologist - Helen Davis.
We chatted about how sports psychologists can help athletes overcome things like anxiety and loss of confidence. Many athletes have suffered during the pandemic with a loss of routine in training and life, and Helen had some sage advice for helping dealing with those issues. Do you find yourself over or under aroused approaching a race or swim? How can you deal with that? Music? Thinking routines? All of these strategies can help in optimising performance.
Helen is passionate about masters swimming and swimming in general for that matter. We chatted about her swimming journey, why she likes the masters community so much and how she pivoted her training to outdoors in Britain during a Covid winter lockdown. Brrr!
I am sure you will take much advice away from listening to this pod with Helen and find it useful in applying it to your own swimming.
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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/helen.davis.1650
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Torpedo Swimtalk with Peter Hendricks
Today's podcast guest is a total immersion swim technique coach, with a passion for coaching swimmers in their open water and marathon swimming endeavours - masters swimmer Peter Hendricks.
Open water swimming has exploded during world wide lockdowns, closing pools and pushing swimmers out to any other body of water they can find. Peter specialises in everything open water, from squads in the ocean to fixing their technique in the pool.
It was interesting to hear Peter's perspective on what we can all do to become better at open water swimming. I especially enjoyed discussing the viscosity, or thickness, of the water and how that can have an impact on your stroke.
What are Peter's tips for putting together a good open water swim and how does sighting impact everything we do in those water adventures? We discussed all this and more!
Whether you are exclusively an open water swimmer or have just discovered it during lockdown, I am sure you will enjoy hearing about Peter's advice in improving that experience.
You can connect with Peter via:
Facebook page: SwimWell
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Torpedo Swimtalk with Nathalie Porlier
Today's podcast guest is French-Canadian World Masters Games dual Gold Medallist - Nathalie Porlier.
Nathalie and I met several years ago in Auckland at the World Masters Games, and bonded over our love of swimming and have been long-distance friends ever since. Nathalie is an advocate for all things masters swimming and it was lovely connecting with her and discussing her approach to training; racing; travelling to masters meets; swim camps and her professional life as a Myotherapist.
What is life like as a masters swimmer in Montreal, Canada? How exciting was it when her home city hosted the 2014 FINA World titles and what does she see moving forward with her swimming when everyone can finally travel to swim meets again.
It was a lovely chat and I could listen all day to her accent. Superbe!!
You can connect with Nathalie:
Facebook: Nathalie Porlier
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Torpedo Swimtalk with Off The Blocks Swimming Podcast
Would you like to hear two swimming obsessed podcasters, chewing the fat on all things swimming?
Well on this week's episode, Robby Cox from "Off The Blocks Swimming Podcast" and myself definitely gave it a go!!!
How did we get started in podcasting? Who have we enjoyed interviewing? What have we learned about coaching, swimming, racing, training, the Olympics and much much more. We even touched on the culture in Australian swimming, both historically and at present. What in our humble view should happen with the newly formulated advisory panel.
In fact we could have kept talking about swimming all day, and also regaling stories from our own experiences on pool deck.
We really hope you enjoy listening into this collaboration, as much as we enjoyed making it!
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Torpedo Swimtalk with Ryosuke Imai
I was delighted to sit down and talk to former Japanese National Swimmer and FINA Masters World Record Holder - Ryosuke Imai.
Rio is a passionate and successful masters swimmer and an advocate for masters swimming in Japan. He is also an inventor, a swim company owner, a marathon runner and newly announced ambassador for next years FINA World Masters in Fukuoka.
It takes a pretty courageous person to apply for College in the US without even speaking English, but that is what Ryo did, and he had a super successful career swimming for USC under Mark Schubert in the NCAA's. He was the first man to swim under 1 minute in 100m breaststroke SC and he parlayed that onto the Japanese National Team. We spoke about all this and how that background in swimming and his love for bringing swimming equipment technology to Japan, led to him starting his masters career.
Fukuoka sounds like the place to be next year for the World's and Ryo gave me a few tips for making it a seamless visit. You won't want to miss listening to this episode.
You can connect with Ryo;
Facebook: Ryosuke Imai
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Torpedo Swimtalk with Ryan Plavin
On today’s podcast, we hear from highly credentialed Strength and Conditioning Coach Ryan Plavin. And among other things I asked him, what can we do on land to make ourselves faster in the water?
Ryan has a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, specialising in S&C and works with high performance athletes across a number of different sports at Melbourne Fitness and Performance. He is the perfect person to find out how to make ourselves stronger and therefore faster in the water.
We chatted about whether you need to do specific swimming actions in your strength training to transfer to the water; the type and frequency of S&C needed as a mature swimmer; and what are the most important exercises to include in your program.
We really got down to the nitty gritty of strength training and the science behind it!
I hope you will enjoy listening to this episode and that you take something away from the chat that will help you with your swimming moving forward. Enjoy!
Connect with Ryan:
Instagram: @coachryan_mfp and @melbfitperformance
LinkedIn: Ryan Plavin
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