Triathlon Swimming Technique | Nuffield Health

Triathlon swimming isn’t for the faint-hearted.
When you’re out on the water you’ll meet all kinds of challenges that you wouldn’t have
across from your normal swimming. Not being able to see the bottom, not being
able to stand up can also lead to disorientation. You’ll be in the water with potentially hundreds
of other competitors buffeting you around, invading your space. On top of that, the water temperatures in
the UK could potentially give you an ice cream headache. It’s tough but it’s rewarding and I’m going
to teach you how to how to get through it. You may think that starting is just about
getting in the water. But actually there is a bit of science behind it. There are two starts to triathlon. First,
there’s the beach start where you are on the banks ready to go, jostling, elbowing for
position. The second is a floating start where you are
treading water waiting for the gun. Position yourself to the sides. You don’t
want to be in the middle, it’s going to be really busy. Also, do your recce beforehand. Know the course,
know how many loops and know when your first turn is. Once you’re in the water it’s important to
stay calm and control your breathing. Use bi-lateral breathing, so that’s breathing
to both sides. Also, make sure you fully exhale your breath
and relax into your swimming. When it comes to navigation, do your homework.
Look at the course, is it going clockwise? Is it going anti-clockwise? How many buoys are there? How many turns do you have to make? Do you have to get out of the water? Do you have to get back in again? Another common mistake to make is just sitting
on the feet of your competitors. Know the course, follow your own path. Being in a crowd has it’s benefits too. There’s a technique called drafting which
allows you to sit in the slipstream of your competitors. So one way you could do that is by sitting
on their feet. So swim directly behind their feet. The second is where you’re sitting or
swimming alongside them near their hips so they create bow wave and do the hard work
for you. One thing that throw triathlon swimmers is
the turn around the buoy. Think about your approach. It can get very
busy around the buoy so, personally, I would take it wider and when comes to come around
that buoy put in an extra hard kick for about 10 to 20 metres. So when you’ve mastered these techniques,
you need to conquer exiting the water. You need to be looking and sighting where you’re
coming out of the water and, also, for the last hundred to two-hundred metres put in
an extra hard kick. That will bring the blood flow back to your
legs ready for the bike. Whether it’s your first triathlon or not,
it’s important to practice at least one outdoor swimming session. Practice these techniques, get used to swimming
outdoors and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a triathlon success. Woohoo!

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  1. sir, i am 40 and started learning to swim from last 1 month. real problem i am facing is regarding breathing. when i am swimming i am almost inside water from head to toe, and when i turn my head for inhaling i m not able to take it out. its always water that enter mouth. when i push more to rotate head for inhaling i usvally start to sink. coaches here telling me to focus on fast kicking and saying that my kicks are not visible to the out of water. please suggest what i sd do . i am really stuck here..

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