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Tri-This “Swimming in Austin”

The saying goes, “You can’t win the race in the water, but you can certainly lose it.” For many triathletes there are a select few who spent the hours in the pool as a young tadpole or joined the local masters swim program before grabbing a bike and pair of running shoes. For many dry landers I’m sure you have kicked, thrashed, and swallowed a lot of water in order to attempt to swim.

Now that you’re able to gracefully glide from wall to wall lets look at improving that swim stroke. I have compiled a list of 8 Clinics and Masters programs that you should consider dipping your toes in the water with. Many of these programs are offered year round, and a great opportunity during the offseason in order to give yourself a fighting chance in the water for the 2014 season.

 

Clinics/Instruction

Clinics and Private instruction focus on teaching efficiency and technique in the water. Most of these clinics work on both lane and open water techniques. Get ready for a lot of drills, these are not workouts simply instruction for you to take back to your own swim workouts.  Adding these sessions on top of a regular schedule of swimming will greatly improve your ability before you know it. The 4 clinics listed will range in prices for registration due to the specificity of the program. From 1-on-1 instruction to group classes there is something for everyone in austin.

 

IMG_3207Brackin Elite Swim Training

Private Lessons

Location: 3400 Duval St. Austin, TX 78705

Fees: Introductory Session $100

Contactkim@brackineliteswimtraining.com

 

T3

Swim stroke & Efficiency Clinic

Times:  Wednesdays 7:15-8:30pm /  Sundays  9:15-10:30am

Location: Lost Creek Country Club  2612 Lost Creek Blvd Austin, TX 78735             

Fees: $275.00

Duration is a 6 Week Course (12 sessions) 

Contactinfo@austint3.com

 

Texas Iron

Private Lessons

Location: Jewish Community Center 7300 Hart Lane Austin TX, 78731

Fees: Starting at $52 for 30mins

Contact:  ironmanfishy@gmail.com

 

Nitro Swimming

Private Lessons

Location: 15506 #D West Hwy 71 Bee Cave, TX  78738  and 1310 Toro Grande Cedar Park, TX 78613

Fees:  45min session a week $86/month

Contact: Nitro Swimming

 

Masters Swim

Looking for that push in the water? Joining a competitive Masters program will test your fitness and endurance in the water. Masters  sessions last between 60-90mins getting anywhere from 2-5k with drill, stroke, and kick sets. You will not just focus on the freestyle stroke but often times have a workout incorporate breast, back, and butterfly strokes. The group workouts will build your fitness and speed in the water. Get ready to share that lane in a circle swim, groups are broken up by ability. Don’t worry if your a triathlete with no formal competitive background you can start off slow and build your way up the lanes.

 Longhorn Aquatics

LocationLee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center (TSC)

Fees: $75/month  $50/year USMS membership

Schedule:

Mon 5:00-6:30 am

Tues/Thurs 6:30-8:00 am

Wed/Fri 6:00-7:30 am

Mon-Thurs 12:00-1:15 pm

Sat 7:00-8:30 am

Sun 12:00-1:15 pm

Contactwhitney.hedgepeth@austin.utexas.edu

 

Nitro

Cost:   $75/month plus  $40/Year USMS membership

Location:  Nitro-Bee Cave and Nitro-Cedar Park

Schedule:

Monday-Saturday 5:30am to 6:45am

Contactmike@nitroswim.com

 

 JCC Masters

CostStarting at $75/month

Location: 7300 Hart Lane, Austin TX

Schedule:

Monday-Friday  6:15-7:15 AM

Monday Wednesday  6:30-7:30 PM

Monday Wednesday Friday 7:30-8:30 AM & 12-1 PM

Sunday  10-11 AM

Contactironmanfishy@gmail.com

 

Rolling Wood Masters/ WHAC

Cost: $390/Semester plus $40 USMS membership

Location4801 Rollingwood Drive Austin, TX 78746

Schedule:

Tuesday-Friday 7:00am

Saturday 7:30am

Sunday 8:30am

Contactwhac@sbcglobal.net