Swimming may not be the hardest leg of a triathlon but it is an important part. This step may well set the pace for the remainder of the race. In order to do well in the last two legs of the race, your swimming should be relaxed and steady. Don’t over exert yourself during this stage.
Training should include a variety of workouts at least 4 times per week. Be sure to work on technique as well as stamina. Have others watch and critique your style. Do not just rely on a swimming pool but rather swim in open waters. If using special equipment during the triathlon be sure to include it in your practice routines. For more information and tips continue to read the linked article.
- To set a goal time for your triathlon swim, determine your threshold swimming pace per 100 meters, add 5% to 10% for navigation problems and to compensate for the lack of walls, then multiply that by the race distance.
- This time should be relatively accurate, barring any major kicks in the stomach by passing swimmers.
- You will probably go faster than your goal time if you set it this way, but you should not do so by swimming harder – do it by swimming smarter.
“This time should be relatively accurate, barring any major kicks in the stomach by passing swimmers.”