Triathlon Swim Training

Triathlon swim training is often the least natural aspect of triathlon training. Most people have never been properly trained in swimming technique. In this section you'll learn about the different types of triathlon swim training.


If you enter a swimming race, you probably want to give 100 percent the entire time, right? Some coaches don't think so. Negative split swimming involves finishing the second half of a race faster than the first.

Humans have been swimming in lakes and oceans far longer than they've been swimming in pools, and there remains a certain primal attraction to open water swimming. A far cry from clean, orderly time trials -- open water swimming is a messy free-for-all of kicking feet and splashing arms.

As swimming grows in popularity as a sport, so do the number of swim training programs. But how do you know which program to choose for your particular needs?

Freestyle swimming is not only good fun, it's also great exercise. But getting the breathing down can be tricky. Here's a how-to for all you budding Michael Phelpses out there.

A bad dive off the blocks during a swimming race can cost you valuable seconds. It may even cost you the race. But do you know the best way to dive into a shallow river or lake while running a triathlon?

If you're training for the swimming portion of a triathlon in an indoor pool, it could seem unnecessary to perform a flip turn. But even though you might not use them during a triathlon, flip turns can actually help triathletes during training.

The swimming section of the triathlon is most people's weakest spot -- that's why it comes first in the big race, before cycling and running. How can you get a good start and surge ahead of the pack?

There are a number of ways to improve your swim stroke, but the best way is through stroke drills and practice. Even world-class swimmers continue to improve their swim strokes using these simple methods.

Practiced swimmers seem magically better than the rest of us at gliding through the water. Olympian swimmers seem almost to defy physics. What do great swimmers do differently from the rest of us?

Swimmers hold pull buoys between their legs while training to stop themselves from kicking. This strengthens the muscles in their upper bodies. But how do you get used to training with a pull buoy?

Kickboards aren't only for beginning swimmers -- they're for anyone in the water at any skill level. Even competitive athletes use them. In fact, a kickboard can be a valuable part of your water workout.

It may seem hard to believe that something as menial as arm or leg hair can slow you down in the water. Is this simply the stuff of superstition? Or is there something to this ritual?

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