Triathlon And Open Water Swimming - 5 Tips
techniques to achieve your best performance on race day
1. Get used to wearing your wetsuit.
Our DVD Boxset has a whole disk full of methods devoted to improving your open water swimming.
2. Overcome Anxiety
Be 'selfish' before and during the swim. Focus on your body and your breathing.
3. Swim Straight
Breathing to one side in training can cause problems like cross-overs. This will cause Mary to veer off to the right.
4. Master the Art of Sighting
When sighting, raise your head as little as possible to see ahead.
open water sighting
Gun open water swimmer Ceinwen sights with a low head just before turning her head to breathe - great technique.
5. Draft Better
1) Directly behind someone so that you are almost touching their toes.
This is the traditional way of drafting. It requires a bit of 'sneaky' technique, get too close and tap their toes and you might get a foot in your face as feedback.
Or you could slow them down by disrupting their rhythm or even sinking their legs with the contact.
When you are drafting someone nicely in a race it sometimes feels too easy. But be careful, pull out and try and overtake them and you might notice how much benefit you were getting from the draft. With experience you will be able to judge this but it's often better to sit in there, take it easy, and benefit from feeling fresh and fruity on the bike and run.
2) Swimming to the side of someone but very close.
You'll be slightly behind so your head is in line with their chest. Youget a drafting benefit because you are still swimming in their wake which extends to the side of them. This technique requires much more skill but can be even more effective than swimming behind. This is because the biggest part of your body - your torso - is getting much closer to their body which is making the hole in the water.
We recommend you practise this with a partner before races. You need to be as close as possible to them so that when you breathe your head is by their chest. We recommend breathing to one side and towards them so you can keep a close eye on things. You need to time your stroke with theirs so that you avoid clashing arms.
Get this technique right and you'll be zooming along with little effort.