Late summer means fall is right around the corner, along with the fall racing season. Maybe you’ve registered for a 5K, or plan to tackle a marathon. Chances are, if you plan to participate in any athletic event in the next few months, you are probably already training for it, or about to start soon.
One event that attracts many athletes, both seasoned and beginners, is the triathlon. Comprised of three segments – swimming, biking, and running – triathlons present a unique and fun opportunity for athletes looking to explore new activities and challenge themselves. Athletes who train for triathlons often find at least one activity out of the three is their weakest; most of the time, that is swimming. I’m willing to bet most of you know how to swim, or at least stay afloat in water, whether it be lazily floating on your back in the pool, or treading water at the beach. However, swimming in a triathlon is a completely different ball game, and it requires mastering a few basic techniques to ensure you minimize your energy while getting maximum movement in the water. If you’re preparing for an upcoming tri, keep the following points in mind while you swim:
Keep your body streamlined
What does it mean to keep your body streamlined? It means keeping your body in one straight, even line as you move through the water - don’t drop your hips and legs when you come up for air! Keeping your body streamlined not only helps you go faster, but it also requires less energy in order to do so. And at this point in a triathlon, you will need to conserve as much energy as you can, since you will be facing a bike ride and a run after your swim.
Find a breathing cadence – and stick to it
Coming up for air every other stroke can help those new to the sport increase their stamina, while more seasoned swimmers don’t breathe until every third (or fifth!) stroke. Find a breathing cadence that works for you, and stick to it. This will help you use that much-needed oxygen efficiently, helping you better move through the water.
Of course, not every athlete is at the same level, or has the same needs. The best way to truly improve your swimming and get advice tailored to you is to hire a coach. Luckily for you, I offer swim coaching in addition to my other services!
Contact me for a complimentary assessment, and together we’ll come up with a plan to help you crush your triathlon goals: (813) 624-1051.
See you in the water!