|Awesome Tri triBE members,|
Dawn Young and Marie Leticee
at the end of the swim in 2011!
Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked. ~Warren Buffett
I thought to try to summarize all the good learning from our clinics. My thanks to the fabulous Anne Marie Stricklin for a fabulous swim clinic! This is the first of a 3 part series.
Minimum training equipment:
· Swim suit
· Goggles (Light colored and polarized for race day)
· Swim cap (one will be provided for race day)
Additional training and race day equipment:
· Tri suit (One piece or two piece work great on race day)
· Antifog drops for goggles
· Kick Board
· Pull Buoy
15 Swimming Tips for Success:
· Go the Distance: Train until you are able to complete the race distance in your preferred stroke without stopping.
· Mix it Up: Add other workout activities (kicking, pulling, other strokes) once you feel confident. You can find some samples here and here.
· Technique Matters: Have someone you trust look at your stroke and make suggestions. Alternatively you can watch videos. You can find some here.
· Head to the Lake: Be sure to do at least one open water swim before race day. Open water swimming is very different.
· Roll Over: Practice rolling on your back so that if you start to feel panicky, you can get some air.
· Practice Sighting: You must lift your head and look forward, as you will need to spot buoys on race day. Practice looking forward unless you plan to swim the entire race breaststroke.
· Know the Course: Check out the course before you start and be sure you know where you are going before, during, and after the swim.
· Hug the Buoys: Plan to swim on the “inside track” on race day to minimize the total distance you must swim. Stay close to the buoys. Try to swim straight!
· Start Slow: If you are nervous at the start, count to 5 before you begin to let the stronger swimmer get in front of you. Is 5 seconds really going to matter?
· Ask for Help: There will be many boats and swim angels in the water. They are there to help. If you need a friend or a noodle, just ask.
· Be Ready for Contact: Someone will kick or hit you during the race. You may hit or kick someone. Just keep swimming
· Don’t Stop: It doesn’t matter how slowly or which stoke you swim as long as you keep swimming.
· Finish: Swim until your hands brush the bottom or you can see the bottom. At that point you will be in 3 feet of water and can stand up and wade out.
· Celebrate Your Success: Take a moment and raise your arms! You survived! You made it! Whew!
Please feel free to add your questions or suggestions below!
We swim because we are too sexy for a sport that requires clothes. ~Unknown
Train safely, eat well, hydrate, stretch, sleep.
Safe Journey. Wind at your back.