Triathlon Experience Leads to Newly Needed Swimming Technique

by Pool Builders on 01-13-2011 in Articles

Triathletes are usually the worst in the swimming category.

For most people entering the sport of triathlon, swimming is their weakest skill. When we look at the percentages, there is simply not as many people who have a background of competitive swimming. It is also the only sport that you can't breath at any time you need oxygen like running or cycling.

What compounds the problem is often assumed that the free travel or analysis is fairly straightforward, and that the swimmer can discover it by themselves with a couple of visits to the pool-it's just getting to the pool that is the problem. L

Unfortunately, too many triathletes are now in the endurance phase of the training cycle, which means they are basically going to block all that muscle memory that is associated with fast twitch fibers in the muscle.


The water is about 1000 times denser than air. Imagine that you push your hand into the water. Is it harder to push your hand parallel to the water line or perpendicular? Perpendicular. The less drag you into the water, it is more efficient swimming can be. That will come with practice good technique, but it is worth mentioning on its own because it is so important. The more you carry and drag to move the water, the more you must work to maintain a certain speed. Thus, the less drag, the faster you will go to a given level of energy.

I'm not a coach but I offer what I learned - for what it's worth. The freestyle stroke can be divided into five phases:

The entrance is how your hand comes forward and into the water. It should be at a 45 degree angle when entering the water and go in the water you put your hand through the mail slot. When you move your hand forward, your body needs to run in part by his side.

The problem is how your hand and forearm "catch" or get the water ready to pull and push water back, and you transmit.

Traction is the case with a high elbow, hand and forearm began to draw water back. Imagine putting your hands on a barrel and pulling - this is the type of curve shape it should be. But make sure you have a high elbow. It will probably be uncomfortable at first.

The pressure is to take all bodies of water you have collected in the shooting and pushing it propel you forward. There is a debate about whether you press the way back and turn your hand at the end of the pull or get out sooner because the last few inches do not add as much propulsion.

The recovery is how to pull your arm from the end to remove the entry. Some teach that it is near a large circle while most still teach a high elbow and forearm relaxed back to the entrance. I'll leave this to your research and trial and error. This is usually when your shoulders are rotated nearly perpendicular to the waterline. This rotation is generated by your heart and hips.

Please follow my advice - get help with your technique at first. It's worth it. With proper technique you are more likely to avoid injury and more rapid progress.

One last thing to remember about swimming triathlon is that you do not want to spend all your energy kicked in the swim portion leaving for one to fourteen hours remaining for your event that require significant your legs. Some tips for use as a stabilizer instead of a propellant, which saves energy. Experiment and see what works for you. Whether you use your legs well in your triathlon swim or not, having a bath is to have a kick competent and that takes time to acquire, but worth it.

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