So you’ve taken the plunge and decided to train for a triathlon – congratulations! But now you’re reading a lot about ‘technique’. What does it all mean? Tri coach, Dan Bullock, takes us back to beginner basics on the subject of swimming technique, strokes to try, and why it’s worth hiring a swimming coach for your triathlon training.
Learn how to prepare for an open water swimming event and discover what to expect in our introduction to open water swimming.
Want to swim faster and more efficiently during your triathlon? Discover how to perfect your head positioning during open water swimming with tips from triathlon swimming coach, Dan Bullock.
Training for a triathlon? Want to shave time from your swim leg and conserve energy? It’s time to get streamlined. Triathlon swim coach, Dan Bullock, reveals the open water swimming tips that will help you become more streamlined.
An inability to swim straight in open-water is a major hindrance if your aim is to reduce your swim time. While researching the speed required to achieve the magical sub 1-hour time for an Ironman 3.8km swim, I was intrigued to discover that adding just 5% to 3800m in terms of distance then reduced the 100m repeats from 1:35 to 1:30. You might not be interested in the pure pursuit of speed, but it would still be nice to start off in one direction and head there.
Despite what the text books may tell you, bilateral breathing is not your only option when swimming in open water
In the final preparations for your race there are several ways to help ensure you swim as fast as possible – without the downside of a stroke overhaul that could leave you feeling like your swim technique is out of sorts. Here’s what I recommend you look at to achieve a quicker race day swim in the short-term, without impacting on your swim technique.
We’ve got all the triathlon coaching tips you need, thanks to open water swimming expert (and tri coach), Dan Bullock.