Swimming is the most technical discipline in triathlon. ”If you ride the bike a lot or run a lot, gradually, you will do it better and quicker. But the swimming is different: it’s either you do it technically correctly, either just a lot”, said the Olympic champions and triathletes, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.
In order to swim effectively, quickly, but in an energy saving mode, the experienced sportsmen suggest to start off with the swimming mechanics. There are three key moments to stress: stroke, catch and pull phases.
What else should you pay attention to?
Be mindful of what happens under the water. It is at this phase that all propellent movements are formed. In order to develop effective movements, train your arms, shoulder and core muscles, using additional equipment, the paddles, for instance.
Minimize the legs movement. Many swimmers tend to use their legs more actively to keep the body balance. However, the less legs movement, the better body position. Use a pull buoy to learn maintain a good body position in the water.
How to train for races?
It is a myth that the triathletes’ path is difficult and exhausting. To become a triathlon amateur and stand at the starting line of a race, 2-3 months of competent and regular sessions is required (except for IronMan races).
You should practice swimming twice a week for 30-60 minutes. Follow the pattern below for learning a good technique and resistance:
While training in the pool, keep in mind that during open water swims other obstacles will arise: wind, current, waves and other participants. Therefore, learn to increase your cadence or stroke rate.
In addition to swimming sessions, practice running (twice a week) and cycling (2-3 times a week, 2 hours each). In the second or third month of training, start combining all disciplines in one training session. In this way your body will get used to the variable working load.
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