TRIATHLETE GUIDE: Swimming - Top Tips

 TRIATHLETE GUIDE: Swimming - Top Tips

A popular saying goes: It doesn't matter how you start, it matters how you end. In the case of triathlon competitions, every step is very important to the end result! The swimming portion unlocks each triathlon, which may affect back-to-back events. What do you want to know about it and what mistakes should be avoided?

Small distance is very important

Swimming is the first stage of every triathlon and at the same time is the shortest part of the entire course. It is for this reason that many athletes ignore it and consider it the least important test, which is a huge mistake not only during preparations but also during

 competition. One can make the biggest mistake while swimming, which is excessive energy expenditure. The loss of strength at the start of a race has a huge impact on subsequent chances in other races. Let's not get caught up in the short distance: even a few hundred meters of swimming, which seems like a small challenge, can affect our results and future state.

How do you train to swim for a triathlon?

If the first event is our “Achilles heel”, we should definitely pay more attention to it than running and cycling. All this to compensate for the lack of physical form and to achieve a good level of performance. To this end, the frequency of swimming in the training session should be increased. Thus the body will be more adapted to the water temperature, which will prevent many unexpected surprises (for example, excessive and premature cooling of the body or unexpected muscle spasms).

In the case of a triathlon, the primary focus should be on navigation. Developing the restraint to keep the track during open water competitions saves time and energy for other events, especially since buoys on the track can be very scattered or very invisible in bad weather. Many professional athletes point to navigation as an essential component of effective triathlon swimming.

It's hard to deny that pool training has no direct impact on open water competitions. Before the start of the competition, it would be a good idea to try to recreate the conditions of the planned course and swim in the nearby lakes. Thanks to this, we will certainly have the

 opportunity to improve the above-mentioned navigation and gradually adapt the body to the changing water temperature. It should be borne in mind that in both cases (that is, in the pool and in open water), it is advisable to train in a swimming suit to accustom your body to the race ahead.

One valuable tip for triathlon participants is to use the crafting technique to position yourself in another competitor's slide. After the first minute of swimming, it is good to decide to adopt this solution which may be useful for:

Facilitating navigation and maintaining the right direction,

Conservation of forces by using the stream of water generated by the previous competitor,

Maintaining well-being: You realize you have a good rhythm and don't feel like you're in the back of the pack.

Adapt the beginning to your own abilities

One of the most common mistakes triathlon participants make (especially those with little experience) is a dynamic start and "handling too big." You can often see how athletes expend a great deal of energy in the first tens of meters of a course, but lose strength and fall behind after a few moments. Not to mention the fact that they still have two trials to face!

For this it would be nice to act within our means and leave calmly, without indulging in emotions. A slow start and gradual acceleration over the distance covered make it possible to proportionally distribute forces in order to more easily overtake other competitors. This helps prevent early fatigue and maintain enough energy for the rest of the competition.

Avoid collisions and save your troops

A large number of competition participants creates the risk of direct collision or blows into the course, which may be intentional or accidental. It can happen many times that a competitor puts himself in our wake. Therefore, you have to give up your own place and go aside. This will maintain adequate freedom of movement, avoid unnecessary stress and loss of strength, and above all reduce the risk of unnecessary muscle acidification.

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