Triathlon Swimming Tips
Hey, I recently decided that I want to start training for triathlons. Right now I have been running 5ks for about a year with a 10k thrown in there. I am pretty consistent on the bike in my cycling class, but swimming is the issue. Any tips for us newbies trying to come up with a training plan?
Nicolle from Texas
Thank you for contacting TriathaNewbie.com and welcome to the world of mini-triathlons!
Swimming does seem to be the most challenging part of a triathlon for most and we always suggest that you either train with a group, work with a coach or watch some training videos if you feel that you are not progressing to the point where you can keep up with whatever training manual you are using.
- Train with a group: If you train with a group you have support, can get tips and can watch other swimming around you. It will also give you experience swimming with people around you; however, you still need open water experience.
- Coach: If you hire a coach, you can gain valuable knowledge from a professional who can tell you exactly what you are doing wrong and valuable knowledge on how to do it correctly. You can hire the coach for four sessions; perhaps two at the beginning, so you can get the basics and two halfway through your training, so you know you are on track.
- Training Manuals: We have one training manual that we think rocks! Triathlon Swimming Made Easy: The Total Immersion Way for Anyone to Master Open-Water Swimming. We’ve used the books and DVD ourselves and highly recommend it.
We hope this was helpful. If you are not using a training manual, we have some suggestions that are great!
Please let us know how your triathlon goes.
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