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January 2017

With the triathlon and open water swimming season well underway it’s never too late to hone your skills.  Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Gauteng.  We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and how to actually enjoy it. Note that we have group practice sessions and learn to swim classes weekly in PE.

Open Water Camp Mauritius, 25 to 29 April including an open water race.

For more information about workshopsor bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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September 2016

SAVE THE DATE: 8-13 January 2017, Mauritius Open Water Camp. With the triathlon and open water swimming season well underway itís never too late to hone your skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Gauteng. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and how to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshopsor bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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July 2016

SAVE THE DATE: 8-13 January 2017, Mauritius Open Water Camp. With the triathlon and open water swimming season well underway itís never too late to hone your skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Gauteng. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and how to actually enjoy it.

>> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL THE INFO YOU NEED ON THE OPEN WATER EXPERIENCE MAURITIUS

For more information about workshopsor bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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April 2016

With the triathlon and open water swimming season being more or less year round it is always a good time to hone your skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Gauteng. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and how to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshopsor bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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March 2016

With the triathlon and open water swimming season well underway itís never too late to hone your skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Gauteng. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and how to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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SJanuary 2016

With the triathlon and open water swimming season well underway it’s never too late to hone your skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Gauteng. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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January 2016

With the triathlon and open water swimming season well underway itís never too late to hone your skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Gauteng. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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September 2015

With the triathlon and open water swimming season getting underway now is a good time to hone your swimming skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Gauteng. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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July 2015

With the triathlon and open water swimming seasons getting longer now is a good time to hone your swimming skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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June 2015

With the triathlon and open water swimming seasons getting longer now is a good time to hone your swimming skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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April 2015

With the triathlon and open water swimming seasons getting longer now is a good time to hone your swimming skills. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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March 2015

With the season in full swing and race entries confirmed there is still time to improve your swimming. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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December / January 2015

With the season in full swing and race entries confirmed there is still time to improve your swimming. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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October 2014

Summer is here and triathlon season is in full swing but there is still time to hone your swim skills and look closely at your technique. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town , East London and Fourways.  We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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August 2014

Spring is just around the corner but there is still time to hone your swim skills and look closely at your technique. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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July 2014

Winter is the perfect season to hone your swim skills and ideal time to look closely at your technique. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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April 2014

Congratulations to all 78 (and counting) TI Swimmers who completed Ironman in PE on 6 April. We are so proud of you. With the season coming to a close this is the ideal time to look closely at your technique. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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March 2014

With the season in full swing, there is just time to book and start your swim journey. Check out the workshop schedule for workshops in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Fourways. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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January 2014

With the season in full swing, now is the time to book and start your swim journey. Check out the workshop schedule for the beginning of 2014 and our special Ironman specific one in PE. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

For more information about workshops or bookings contact georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za.

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November 2013

With the season in full swing, now is the time to book and start your swim journey. Check out the workshop schedule for our new novice/beginner triathlete workshops. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it. Look out for additional dates we have put on the calendar to meet the demand.

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September 2013

Spring is here and many of you have been inspired to do an Ironman, 70.3 or an open water swim now is the time to book and start your swim journey. Check out the workshop schedule for our new novice/beginner triathlete workshops. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it. Look out for additional dates we have put on the calendar to meet the demand

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June/July 2013

If you are inspired to do an Ironman, 70.3 or an open water swim now is the time to book and start your swim journey. Check out the workshop schedule for our new novice/beginner triathlete workshops. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it. Look out for additional dates we have put on the calendar to meet the demand.

The novice workshops aimed specifically at novice/beginner triathletes and aims to build confidence and skills needed for open water races. These 2 day workshops will be loaded with information on tackling triathlon swimming as well as the option of an open water swim session under the guidance of experienced coaches that have competed at Ironman distance.

The dates are: Cape Town 14/15 September Fourways 28/29 September Port Elizabeth 31 August/1 September Durban 17/18 August

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May 2013

Well done to all of the TI swimmers who completed Ironman. If you are inspired to do an Ironman, 70.3 or an open water swim now is the time to book and start your swim journey. Check out the workshop schedule and see that there is a date for Durban. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it. Look out for additional dates we have put on the calendar to meet the demand.

We are pleased to announce an open water workshop in Turkey for the 23 to 29 June 2013. Georgie, has partnered with an American TI Master Coach, Mat Hudson who is based in Turkey and will be co-leading a 6 day swimming experience at the end of June. We can absolutely vouch for the joy of improving your swimming in the warm Mediterranean. The aim will be to improve confidence and skill of TI swimmers and newbies alike but non swimming partners are also welcome. Here is a link to for more details www.mediterraswim.com/training-opportunities-main/training-camps/23-june-ow-camp.html – contact me though if you have questions. Turkish airline are offering great details from SA.

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April 2013

Good luck to all the Ironman athletes participating in Port Elizabeth this month.  If you are inspired to do an Ironman, 70.3 or an open water swim now is the time to book and start your swim journey.   We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it. Look out for additional dates we have put on the calendar to meet the demand.

We are pleased to announce an open water workshop in Turkey for the 23 to 29 June 2013.   Georgie, has partnered with an American TI Master Coach, Mat Hudson who is based in Turkey and will be co-leading a 6 day swimming experience at the end of June.  We can absolutely vouch for the joy of improving your swimming in the warm Mediterranean.  The aim will be to improve confidence and skill of TI swimmers and newbies alike but non swimming partners are also welcome. Here is a link to for more details www.mediterraswim.com/training-opportunities-main/training-camps/23-june-ow-camp.html – contact me though if you have questions.  Turkish airline are offering great details from SA.

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March 2013

Well done to all the 70.3 athletes and good luck to all those going on to the full Ironman in April.  It’s not too late to book a last minute workshop. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it. Look out for additional dates we have put on the calendar to meet the demand.

We are pleased to announce an open water workshop in Turkey for the 23 to 29 June 2013.   Georgie, has partnered with an American TI Master Coach, Mat Hudson who is based in Turkey and will be co-leading a 6 day swimming experience at the end of June.  We can absolutely vouch for the joy of improving your swimming in the warm Mediterranean.  The aim will be to improve confidence and skill of TI swimmers and newbies alike but non swimming partners are also welcome. Here is a link to for more details www.mediterraswim.com – contact me though if you have questions.  Turkish airline are offering great details from SA.

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January 2013

Having just returned from the UK for Coaches Training with Terry Laughlin, the founder of TI, the lead coaches from the UK and master coaches from Europe and the US were all there, Georgie is really keen to impart her new found knowledge to swimmers. Weekend workshops are held across the country and open water swims in Port Elizabeth. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it. Look out for additional dates we have put on the calendar to meet the demand.

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August 2012

With spring just around the corner now is the time to work on your swimming technique before the race specific training starts. Weekend workshops are held across the country and open water swims in Port Elizabeth. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it. Look out for additional dates we have put on the calendar to meet the demand.

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June 2012

If you are thinking about signing up for a triathlon next summer or if you have entered already now is the time to work on your swimming technique before the race specific training starts. Weekend workshops are held across the country and open water swims in Port Elizabeth. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it.

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May 2012

Congratulations to all the TI swimmers who completed Ironman here in Port Elizabeth in some very tough weather conditions. If you are inspired to take part next year or want to master the swim now is the time to book a spot on one our workshops held nationwide. We will help you prepare for open water swims in any conditions with TI coaches who know what it feels like to once fear the swim and now to actually enjoy it

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March 2012

There is still time to do a workshop between now and Ironman in April but places are limited and filling up fast.  With many triathlon swim not allowing wetsuits this season Total Immersion will give you the skills to swim with confidence whatever the conditions.

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January 2012

With many triathlon swim not allowing wetsuits this season Total Immersion will give you the skills to swim with confidence whatever the conditions. With the season in full swing the demand for workshop places is high so remember to book early to secure your place.  Georgie will see many of you in East London at the Ironman 70.3.

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December 2011

The end of the year is here already, but not the end of the open water and triathlon season.  Note some dates changes for Cape Town in December as well as an extra date in Gauteng.  Also check out the progress of our Dare-to-Tri athletes in Modern Athlete Magazine www.modernathlete.co.za.  Georgie put the novices through their paces in the pool as part of their preparation for 70.3 in January 2012.

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October 2011

If you are planning a short, medium or long distance triathlon and need to improve your swim you are at the right  place.  Summer is here and the swimming season is in full swim check out the workshop dates up until January. They are all filling up quickly so get in early as spaces are limited to 8 per 2 day orkshop.

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September 2011

With spring just around the corner, now is the time to hone your technique in time for the early start to the triathlon season. So check out the updated workshop calendar for workshops in Cape Town, Fourways and Port Elizabeth for the next few months.  They are all filling up quickly so get in early as space are limited to 8 per workshop.

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July 2011

If you are looking at this site you are probably checking out your options on how to improve your swimming, well you are at the right place.  Check out this testimonial we received the other day:

”Hi Georgie,
I’ve just returned from my IM Austria trip… and boy oh boy did I enjoy the swim ... 25minutes faster than SA in April (that’s just the swim), almost half an hour faster on the bike… but I bailed a bit on the run (nearly 6 hours L) ... but I am so impressed with the swim. If I keep it up I know I can get my swim time down even more – as the last few weeks before leaving for Austria I was travelling to Durban for work every week and wasn’t spending much time in the pool.
I have been recommending TI to all my mates (even before I went to Austria) ...
Thanks so much.
Marius, Cape Town”

Total Immersion specializes in getting novices to their first triathlon and getting existing triathletes to save energy and improve their times.  If you are on this site and have already done triathlon you have probably realised that training harder is not going to improve you swim.  At Total Immersion we focus on mindful swimming and technique.

Check out the updated workshop calendar for workshops in Cape Town, Centurion, Durban, Midrand and Port Elizabeth for the next few months.  Coming into season now they will be filling up quickly so get in early as space are limited to 8 per workshop.

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June 2011

Winter is well and truly here and it’s the perfect time to hone your swim skills before your training get’s hectic again in spring and summer.  So check out the updated workshop calendar for workshops in Cape Town, Centurion, Durban, Midrand and Port Elizabeth for the next few months.  They are all filling up quickly so get in early as space are limited to 8 per workshop.

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April 2011

The first quarter of the year has flown by and  many of you are making last minute preparations for Ironman and Robben Island.  Total Immersion has a stand at the Ironman registration so please pop in and say hello.

We have apparently passed the autumn equinox and seem to be heading fast into winter.  Winter is the perfect time to hone your swim skills before your training get’s hectic again in spring and summer.  So check out the updated workshop calendar for workshops in Cape Town, Centurion, Durban, Fourways and Port Elizabeth for the next few months.  They are all filling up quickly so get in early as space are limited to 8 per workshop.

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January 2011

With many of you getting ready for the Ironman in April or Robben Island in May there is still time to do a workshop. 

Check out the updated workshop calendar for workshops in Cape Town, Centurion, Durban, Fourways and Port Elizabeth for the next 4 months.  They are all filling up quickly so get in early as space are limited to 8 per workshop.

Here is an extract from an article Georgie wrote recently for Sport Elizabeth:

With many of you competing in 70.3 Half Ironman in East London and other triathlons over the few months the excitement is building and for many of you a fair amount of fear.  So what advice should I give with all the training done and race preparation is over?  Advice for terrified first timers, some seasoned triathletes and some of you chasing a slot at World Champs.  Well there is no right way or wrong way.  Read what I say, take what you need and disregard the rest without a second thought. 

  1. Go to race briefing and listen to the rules and general advice given.
  2. Wear your goggles under your cap to avoid them getting pushed off by other swimmers or waves.
  3. Leave plenty of time to put your wetsuit on correctly.
  4. Stay relaxed in the frenzy.  Remember other swimmers are not deliberately trying to attack you.  Expect to be pushed and bashed on the head, don’t fight it, roll with the punches
  5. If you are a novice avoid the rush altogether – count to 20 before walking into the water – maybe you lose a minute.
  6. The quickest way to speed up your swim is to swim the shortest course.  Sighting is just one way to stay on course.  Use other swimmers and the distance from the shore in your peripheral vision.

Stay in the moment. The easiest way to stay relaxed is not to focus on the external things that are stressing you out like other athletes and sea conditions etc.  Focus on your swim.  Execute each stroke mindfully, and repeat until you reach the end of the swim.  Avoid letting your mind go ahead even to the next buoy and definitely not into transition and beyond. 

These tips were written by Coach Georgie.  Georgie has completed many triathlons including 3 full Ironman’s here in South Africa as well competing in the 70.2 Half Ironman World Champs and World Long Distance Triathlon Champs.

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December 2010

It may be the end of the calendar but the swimming season is just beginning and the race calendar is full of triathlons and open water swims.

The new venue for workshops in Fourways has proved a great success with a full house every time.  Check out the workshop calendar for workshops in Cape Town, Centurion, Durban, Fourways and Port Elizabeth for December and the coming months.

So if you are wanting to book a workshop get in early.

Here is an extract from an article Georgie wrote recently for Sport Elizabeth:

If you are getting ready for the Ironman 70.3 in January, the Ocean Series or the full Ironman in April here’s a few tips from Total Immersion coach, Georgie Thomas.

At this stage you should be well into your training with regular swim, bike and run sessions.  Your mind set for swim training needs to be different from your run and bike training.  Running and cycling are mainly about power output, swimming is all about technique.  Your main focus for swim sessions should be:-

  • Making sure you swim with good technique over speed.  There’s no point practicing struggle. Many novice triathletes don’t improve their technique they just get better at struggling.
  • Quality is better than quantity.  Swimming more good short sessions is better than fewer longer ones where your technique can deteriorate through mental and physical fatigue.
  • Focus on other methods of checking your progress other than the clock. For example improving your SPL (strokes per length).
  • Winning the 25 meter laps in the pool against your mates is not going to translate to a fast swim on the day.
  • Focus on training your brain to maintain your technique for the distance of the swim – you can’t over train your brain.
  • When performing your drills make sure you know exactly why you are doing them and focus on that for the duration of the drill set.  Just going through the motions without specific focus is pointless.
It’s not about the wetsuit

About now you should also be choosing a wetsuit if you don’t already have one.  When making the decision to purchase the most important thing is that it fits perfectly.  It won’t matter how ‘fast’ the wetsuit is or what the world champ was wearing if it doesn’t fit you like a glove then it’s all wasted.  First prize is to get a suit that is made to measure.  Also don’t believe the marketing splurb – read what they say and ask yourself is that physically possible?

Next time we’ll talk about race day specifics.  Happy Laps!

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October 2010

There have been a few exciting new developments in the world of Total Immersion South Africa.  Check out the new locations in Fourways and Durban as well as new workshops for TI Alumni.

Pam has launched workshops in Durban as well scheduled workshops in Centurion until the end of the year and will soon post dates for workshops for the New Year.  Georgie will also be running workshops in Central Gauteng at the Planet Fitness in Fourways to keep up with demand.  The workshop calendar page has all the dates and locations.

Check out the new testimonials and especially the one from Stanley Roos who recently swam the English Channel after doing a workshop with Pam.  If anyone of you aspires to this lofty goal please get in touch with us.  Terry Laughlin the founder of TI,  takes a special interest in TI swimmers who undertake Channel swims and we will be able to link you up with Terry directly to offer ongoing training advice.   You never know, maybe you can convince one of us to join you?

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May 2010

Well done to all of you who did Ironman. You were all awesome and many of you far surpassing your estimated swim times.

We're very excited that group training sessions have launched in PE at the stunning refurbished pool at Newton Park.

Group Training in PE

Note the words training group as opposed to squad. This is a specific group for TI Alumni who want to continue to work on their technique but also train for triathlon, open water swimming or for fitness. If you are looking to be thrashed up and down the pool, as fast as you can, all the time, then this is not for you. My aim is to structure the session for the range of abilities, always including drills and focused interval sessions. As with the workshops I will spend time with you in the pool, particularly for the drill section. As we get closer to big events like the 70.3 and Ironman I will gear up the sessions towards these races but still keep them relevant for those with other goals.

Timing: The sessions will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 05h30 until 06h30. I am also considering including a weekly sea swim on Friday mornings during the summer.

Cost: The cost of joining the squad will be R250 a month in advance plus entrance to the Newton Park pool. The pool has various options available ranging from R20 for a single entry to R150 for 30 entries.

New 4 Week Swim Course

As you know I already run monthly workshops here in PE but will also now be running the same workshop but over 4 weeks as I did in Cape Town. The 4 week workshop will be on Monday and Friday mornings from 06h30 until 07h30. So let your friends and aspiring Iron People know. It is never too soon to start the swim training, in fact, now is the perfect time to hone technique in a safe warm pool before the real training starts later in the year.

Workshops
Workshops however continue to thrive monthly in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The next workshop in Cape Town will be on the 4/5 June and then 23/24 July. The next Port Elizabeth workshops will be 12/13 June and 17/18 July.

Georgie's Racing
After a busy start to the year Georgie has settled down into Comrades training. The long runs have gone well including a trip to Cape Town for the Two Oceans Ultra. Then itís preparation for the World Long Distance Triathlon Champs in Germany in August. This consists of a 4km swim, 130km bike and 30km run. Georgie will be looking for sponsorship as the team is entirely self funded. If you can help in any way please email Georgie at georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za

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March 2010

Well with the year well underway many of you are counting down to Ironman in PE.  Good luck to all TI Alumni hope you have a fantastic day.

I will be in Port Elizabeth to support you all and will give my usual pre-race talk on the Friday.

Workshops

As you know by now Georgie has moved to Port Elizabeth which is great news for the Eastern Cape. Workshops however continue to thrive monthly in Cape Town.   The next workshop in Cape Town will be on the 9/10 April and is already almost sold out and then the next one will be on 7/8 May. The next Port Elizabeth workshops will be  17/18 April and 15/16 May.

Georgie's Racing

The first part of the year was a bit too hectic but various ‘must do’ races and qualifiers just all came in on top of one another.  So a punishing but inspiring 7 week race schedule kicking-off with the 70.3 in East London began.  Following on one week after each other by Bruintjieshoogte 100km cycle race, The Friendly City Marathon, The Herald Cycle Tour, 3 Cranes 3 Day Trail Race, Prestige Ultra Triathlon and finally Cango Marathon.  The net result is that Georgie has lots of miles in her legs ready for Comrades and also achieved one of the years main goals and qualified for the World Long Distance Triathlon Champs in Germany in August. 

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January 2010

Firstly, wishing TI Alumni all the best for 2010 and may the tides always be with you!!

If you are visiting the site for the first time it's likely that you are contemplating or probably committed to the January 70.3 Half Ironman in East London or the full Ironman in PE. Well rest assured you have come to the right place. Total Immersion is offered nationally with regular workshops in the Gauteng and the Cape as well as anywhere else on request.

Workshops

Some of you may already know that Georgie has moved to Port Elizabeth which is great news for the Eastern Cape. But don't worry all you Capetonians, Georgie will still be running workshops in Cape Town every month and more often if need be. The next workshop in Cape Town will be on the 29/30 January and is already sold out so another one is set-up another one for the 5/6 February as well. The next one in Port Elizabeth will be on the 12/13 March. The great news for all you Port Elizabethans is that Georgie is busy setting up my Endless Pool system in PE and will be able to offer individual and small group workshops very soon, aiming for the end of January. The Endless Pool will also open up the opportunity for anyone from anywhere in the country to come for the day and do a 5 hour workshop.

Georgie's Racing

Since the last newsletter a lot has been happening, not least a trip to the US to compete in the Foster Grant 70.3 Half Ironman Champs in Florida. Georgie said, "It was both an honour and a humbling experience to compete amongst the best in the world. The swim start was very unusual in that we started 'time trail' style one behind the other on a very narrow swim course. It was a great experience, Iloved the race and was able to take almost an hour off my previous time."

New Stuff

Whilst in the US Georgie once again took the opportunity to spend time with Terry Laughlin, the founder of TI. Terry invited her to assist in coaching an open water workshop in the Caribbean. So the day after the 70.3 she set off to St Lucia and into warm, calm waters for one of the most amazing experiences of her life. Full of the Terry's latest thoughts and fired up to share her new knowledge.

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September 2009

While Georgie was running Mont Aux Sources a few weeks ago she was asked what was more challenging, Ironman or Monties?  What do you think her answer was?
Email her to find out on georgie@totalimmersionsa.co.za

Georgie's Training for the World Half Ironman World Champs in Florida is going well and the trip and will be an opportunity to spend sometime with Terry Laughlin and share some of what we have learned over the last year and get some of the latest info from him too. In fact he is busy swimming the English Channel as we speak, check out his blog at www.swimwellblog.com.


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My training and racing has been going well and have got into quite a bit of trail running, in fact I'm off to Mont Aux Sources this weekend. After that though I must knuckle down and prepared for the Half Ironman World Champs in Florida in November.

I booked my trip and am also going to use the opportunity to spend sometime with Terry Laughlin and share some of what I have learned over the last year and get some of the latest info from him too. In fact he is busy swimming the English Channel as we speak.

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Total Immersion South Africa is run as a partnership between Georgie Thomas and Pam Reynecke.  Georgie is an age group triathlete and has completed a number of triathlons including 3 Ironman distances.  Georgie is currently presenting workshops in Cape Town and will be expanding up the Garden Route to East London during 2009 while Pam Reynecke is up in Gauteng and will also cover Durban .

Georgie has just come back from 5 weeks at the Total Immersion studio in the US , taking the coaches course there.  During her visit there she spent time with TI's founder, Terry Laughlin, learning from the master himself.  Georgie says, I was lucky enough to work with a whole range of people while I was there, from recreational swimmers to Age Group Triathletes, even a Navy Seal.

Pam who has 30 years swim teaching experience also visited the TI Studio and spent time with Terry last year.  Pam says, "Once I learnt about Total Immersion I couldn't teach any other way".  Pam has had great success in taking even very inexperienced and nervous people and turning them into relaxed confident swimmers.

Both Pam and Georgie are able to work with non-swimmers right through to advanced triathletes.  Workshops are being offered right through December and January so maybe make the most of your time off and take a TI workshop during the holidays.


 
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