Swim Training 201: Making the Finisher Faster with Barb Lindquist Webinar

2 modules


Course Length
60 mins

Hope Graham

12 Mar 2019



This webinar will cover swim training for the athlete who is not just concerned with finishing the swim, but the athlete who is poised to swim much faster. Barb’s philosophy on swim training marries her experience as a swimming Olympic trials finalist and club/HS swim coach with her experience as an elite triathlete and triathlon coach. She will describe eight different types of workouts and how they fit into three phases of training, as well as how to create a progressive overload for the athlete.

Barb Lindquist
Barb Metz Lindquist began swimming in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming. She became one of the Wyoming’s best swimmers and was recruited to swim at Stanford University, where she was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship Team. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology in 1991, she retired from swimming and moved to Jackson, Wyoming.

Barb enjoyed her freedom from school and swimming by playing-- trail running, cycling, telemark skiing, and Nordic skiing-- in God’s great outdoors. After she began coaching the local swim team and high school swim teams, she started to dabble in triathlon. On a local cycling club ride she met her future husband Loren Lindquist. On their first date Loren watched Barb compete in a triathlon and he saw the potential for Barb to turn professional, as well as the potential for Barb to be his wife. Barb began her professional career in 1996, on their honeymoon, with Loren as coach and manager. Team Lindquist was born.

Barb Lindquist’s triathlon career highlights her consistency, perseverance, and excellence. Of her 134 pro career starts, she won 33 races (25%), stood on the podium 86 times (64%), and had 114 top 10 finishes (85%) covering all distances from sprint to Ironman, specializing in the Olympic distance. She was a member of the USA Triathlon World Championship Team for 10 straight years with her best finish being a silver medal in 2002 at Cancun, Mexico. The pinnacle of her career was representing the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and in 2010 receiving the honor of being inducted into the USAT Hall of Fame.

Lindquist made it to the top of the sport by dedication to hard work, an easy-going spirit, and insights from husband and coach, Loren. Her "off the front" racing style and her ability to leave it all out on the course gained her the respect of her competitors and admiration of fans around the world. Barb's passion to the sport is balanced by her Christian faith and joy of life in her home state of Wyoming. Barb loves to tell people, "I have the best office in the world."

After retiring from racing in 2005, she began to coach triathletes, to inspire others by sharing her story through public speaking, and to work part-time for USA Triathlon. Barb is a USAT Level II Certified Coach. For USAT run the Collegiate Recruitment Program where she identifies talent from the NCAA swimming and running programs in order to talent ID for the Olympic pipeline. Barb and Loren live in Alta, Wyoming with their 9 year old twin boys, instilling in them the joys of the outdoor life which includes swimming, biking, running, and skiing.


USA Triathlon Coach Webinars
USA Triathlon offers a variety of webinars designed specifically for triathlon coaches. Each webinar is approximately 60 minutes in length. Webinars can be purchased for $34.99 each and come with the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides and a 10 question webinar exam. Coaches earn 1 USAT CEU upon passing a webinar exam. A passing score is 80% or higher. Please note, webinar purchases are nonrefundable.

For questions regarding the webinar program, please email coaching@usatriathlon.org.

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Swim Training 201: Making the Finisher Faster by Barb Lindquist Webinar
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Added 12 months ago, by Anonymous
I found it confusing at times- would be more effective to see video/photos of the drills Barb referred to and the lingo was just hard to really follow even for a 14 year veteran.
Added about 1 year ago, by George
Thought the course was very beneficial and informative. I

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