Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches

Triathlon Training in Italy

I recently received an e-mail from Ernesto Bronzetti manager of the Hotel Perla in Riccione, Italy….I thought I would pass it along to who ever might be interested…I have no connection with this hotel the post is for your information only :


Dear  Mr Pete,

my name is Ernesto Bronzetti and  I am the manager of the  ” Hotel Perla  ”  in Riccione (Italy).

My purpose in writing is to propose my hotel as a place of sojourn  for a training camp .

Ours is a three-stars , family run hotel ( recently restored) situated just in front of the beach and just  1km from the indoor and outdoor Olympic swimmimg pool situated inside the Sports centre “Italo Nicoletti” .

The Riccione swimmimg stadium has already become the stage of important national and international events.

This construction is placed in a beautiful environment and in a strategic spot, only 5 minutes from the Highway and Miramare-Rimini airport. The construction is supplied with all the services for the clients: reception, rest area, bar, large changing rooms, grandstands with a capacity of 2000 people.  The swimmimg stadium proposes itself as the ideal candidate for the swimmers.

Here is some information:


Lenght mt. 50x 10 lanes

Width mt. 25

Height mt. 2 constant

Lenghtm. 25x 10 lanes

Widht mt. 11

Height mt. 1,20 constant

Diving board from 1 to 3 mt.


Lenght mt. 50x 10 lanes

Width mt. 25

Height mt. 2 constant

We have been working with athletes for many years and we  are  capable of satisfying the varying requirements of these guests, for this reason we can boast consolidated experience in this sector.

We are also a bike hotel and we are well-organized to respond adequatly to all the needs of this sport:  rent bike,  safe store-room and workshop for the bicycles, skilled cycling guides, route maps,  a rich continental buffet breakfast,  a choice of three menus with fish and meat  and specific menus for sportsmen, laundry service for technical wear, use of the  steam bath and of the  outdoor jacuzzi swimming pool,   free entry at the health club “Blue Line” just near the  Riccione swimmimg stadium. On request  sports massages.

We have numerous athletes who have been making use of our services for many years.  

They are already our guests:

the Italian  National TeamTriathlon , the Fassa Bortolo Team, the Fidea Cycle Team, Cofidis, Navigators, Martin Yelling( English national duathlon champion), Aubrey Brice (Olympic champion from Canada), Alessandro Alessandri (Italian duathlon champion).  They all choose the Hotel Perla as a place of sojourn for their training camp as they feel home away from  home!!!!!

We offer two kinds of rooms all with satellite television and air-conditioning:

Libeccio (Standard room)

Grecale (Superior room)

You can book Half board or just B&B as you prefer.

We can also arrange the transfer from/to the airport ( from Rimini airport and  from Riccione station it is free!!!) 

At your disposal our 9  seats Perla van to reach the swimmimg pool. 

For further information or possible requests don’t hesitate to contact  me  .

In the meantime visit our web-site

Kind regards

Hotel Perla

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Reviewing an old post about Kicking

Kick, Kick, Kick

Posted by pspag on February 14, 2008

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Travel, from meet to meet. Go across the nation from north to south and from east to west and you will hear coaches bellowing out the same lament to their swimmers….Kick, Kick, Kick! We watch Michael Phelps and we are amazed at his kicking power. Does this just happen? Or does he work extremely hard at this attribute? I wonder what kind of kicker he was as a young age grouper? I wonder did his coach ever toss him out of a workout for not kicking? It is so important to get it into your heads that if you  ever want to truly compete on a high level of swimming you have to begin to work on the kicking part of your swim now! There are all kinds of kicking drills your coach can come up with, it’s up to you to get it into your head that what he is doing is good for you. You have to be open to receive his drills with an open mind. I have said this many times, “Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open!” Take the challenge and Kick!…. Kick on your side, kick on your back, kick with a board, kick with fins, kick with your head down, kick with your head up, kick with sneakers on, …just kick.

Make kicking fun, challenge the lane next to you, or kick one lap as fast as you can then jump out of the pool and do ten squats. Jump back in the pool kick a lap as fast as you can and again jump out of the pool and do ten jumps as high as you can.

This can be done as a circuit in your workout ask your coach to make it a part of his kicking drill. Add time factors to your kick sets, this helps push you harder. Your goal should be to improve your kicking endurance….so go KICK!

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment