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Triathlon Swim Training Questions

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Below is an archive of swim questions we’ve recieved along with all of the Swim articles we’ve posted. We’re sure they will answer a majority of your questions, if not all! Visit our Triathlon Swim Page for complete information on how to approach your triathlon swim training and events

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Eva Solomon’s Coaching Corner  -Lap swimming can become tedious and boring. Furthermore, if you want to swim fast, you need to train fast.

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Pool Etiquette Question – If you’ve never done laps in a public pool, how can you begin to tell how fast a lane you should pick

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Triathlon Swimming Tips  – Any tips for us newbies trying to come up with a training plan?

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Beginner Triathlon Advice  – I’ve never been a swimmer and my version of “swimming” is not drowning. Any advice on where to start..

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Triathlon Tips  – We asked our readers to post triathlon tips on our Facebook page and here’s what advice they’d like to pass on to you..

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Have I Trained Enough for My First Triathlon?  – Am I just really unprepared d/t lack of training at the distances that I need?

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Sore Leg Muscles While Training  – my leg muscles are constantly sore and tired.

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The Skinny on Race Numbers  – Do I need to wear the race number during the swimming session?

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Triathlon Training in the Extreme Heat – If you live anywhere in the USA right now, you’re experiencing unbelievable heat. Check out these guidelines for training.

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Tapering for Triathlons  – I wanted to know about tapering early in the season. Every program I have done shows about a week+ taper before a race

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Halfway through your first Triathlon Training  – This is the first step in achieving what most of the population will never be able to do…SWIM, BIKE, RUN….back to back to back.

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Swimming with Ear Plugs  -I thought that ears naturally built up a forcefield against the water over time and…

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Benefits of a Tri Suit  – What’s the advantage of using a Tri-Suit? Can I swim, bike and run in it without having to change at the transition points?

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Effects of Stress on the Body  – Low-level stress reduces your ability to burn calories and can minimize the flow of blood to the digestive tract by up to four times…

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Beginner Triathlete – Training in Five Months – – I have been truly “bitten” by this thing they call the Tri-bug. I turn 40 next month and being shamefully honest I am in the worst shape of my life!

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Hibrid Triathlons – I have been doing my indoor practice by running up in down doing laps in the pool. Will I be looked at strange?

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Why Muscles Hurt After Working Out  – Nutshell Version

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Dieting and Triathlon Training – My question is on the Zone Diet. Will I have enough energy for 530-6am trianing sessions?

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Backstroke During a Triathlon -I read your reply to a question about using the backstroke in a triathalon. Your suggestion was to not use this stroke, but to learn to crawl for the event.

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Natural Cold Remedies From Your Kitchen Cabinet

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Swim Distances  -Are all swimming portions in the ocean and are they all about 1 mile? I need training suggestions…

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Training for your First Sprint/Mini-Triathlon  – I was wondering what kind of time frame is needed for training before your first triathlon.

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Triathlon Training Tip  – Off Season Training Focus

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The Progression to Longer Distance Triathlons  – A beginner triathlete guide to navigating triathlon distances

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Triathlon Song Video and Inspirational Triathlon Words by the Songwriter

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Recovery is Key, A Detailed Strategy for the Beginner Triathlete  Nutrition, rest and hydration are major factors in any athlete’s program for success, but have you examined yours carefully?

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Recovery & Sprint Triathlon – There have been several of you that have had questions on recovery following a sprint distance triathlon. Here are some basic guidlines to follow.

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How You Cook Effects How You Feel – With the cooling temperatures of Fall, the vegetables we harvest are ones of a more grounding and warming nature

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Backstroke in a Triathlon – I can’t swim and put my head underwater. I read a few articles on your website about first time TriathaNewbie’s doing the backstroke

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“Outside the Box”, A Total Immersion Program for Success in Open Water by Terry Laughlin – This book is a great tool for those of you who plan to compete in your first open water swim. It gives some GREAT tips that will get you swimming more efficiently with less wasted energy. They recently sent us an exceprt of the book for you to preview

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Brick Training Basics for Beginner Triathletes – I am three weeks away from my first sprint triathlon. I have been training and am able to do the distance in each of the individual sports fairly comfortably.

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Triathletes – OK, some of you might be “Accidental Triathletes”, barely remembering how and why you got into this sport. For some of you, it may have become a way to stay fit, or you like the image or lifestyle or like the friends you’ve made along the way. Even so, the majority of you are still drawn by the competition and want to actually get better.

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Nausea and Swimming – Everything is going fine except that I feel nauseous in the middle of the swim every time.

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First-Time Triathlon Fears – I have read just about every article you have posted..I now know that I’m normal with my fears!

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Backstroke During a Triathlon – I read your reply to a question about using the backstroke in a triathalon. Your suggestion was to not use this stroke, but to learn to crawl for the event.

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Backstroke in a Triathlon – I can’t swim and put my head underwater. I read a few articles on your website about first time TriathaNewbie’s doing the backstroke

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After Trying to “Fake” the Swim – I actually made up some ground on the bike and run, and finished 23rd out of 86 overall (5th out of 14 in my AG), not a bad showing for a first triathlon and a truly miserable swim.

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Trying to “Fake” the Swim – The first 50 yards were OK. Then I turned my head to breathe and caught a mouthful of water. Coughing I tried to recover the best I could just in time to get my goggles kicked.

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Triathlon Swim – What is “Spotting”? – “Spotting” is a term used to describe the process of staying on track in an open water swim…

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Traithlon Swim: Safety First – Because of my body type I sink instead of float. Should I invest in a wetsuit so I can be able to swim longer?

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Triathlon Swim: Freestyle or Breast Stroke? – My swim, is not the strongest,my breast stroke, is much stronger, than my crawl.

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How Swimming is Different and how to make the difference work in your favor – The world’s best swimmers move through the water with grace, economy and flow, while novices are awkward, clumsy and inefficient. But the rest of us can learn to swim well if we take the time to master swimming as an art before tackling it as a sport.

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The Fourth Discipline – Mental Ability – so why was I only thinking negative thoughts and why did I have a sick feeling in my gut? Does this sound familiar? For most athletes this happens to us at least once before a big race.

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Breakthrough Bricks – The easiest way to get better at running after cycling is to practice. These challenging workouts are called bricks – you know, bike, run. Ick!

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Eating for Sumer Health – Summer is nature’s season of growth and maturity with an abundance of fruits and vegetables ripening in the sun. Nature’s energy is effervescent, making it the season for us to engage in outdoor recreation and soak up solar power.

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The Sweat Test – How much should I drink during training or racing? There are literally thousands of articles on the web and in magazines regarding this subject, and most recommend somewhere between 16-24 oz of fluid per hour during heavy exercising. Is this enough? Is it too much?

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Take a bad swim and make it better – I just completed my first sprint triathlon. Although I felt prepared for the swim, I found it to be the hardest and most frustrating activity. As I sized up the distance of the out and back swim, I didn’t think I’d have any problems completing the distance.

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Foot Cramps During Swimming – I just started swimming for my first triathalon which is in June. I am getting severe toe cramps…

Please take a few minutes to look through these articles and feel free emial us if you have any questions.




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Core Strengthening Exercises for TriathaNewbies  – We challenge ourselves with triathlons, training year round to keep our aerobic levels and technical skills to a point where we can compete to our body’s potential, but sometimes we forget that not all of our bodies are made for the wear and tear that accompanies such a demanding schedule.

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Triathletes – OK, some of you might be “Accidental Triathletes”, barely remembering how and why you got into this sport. For some of you, it may have become a way to stay fit, or you like the image or lifestyle or like the friends you’ve made along the way. Even so, the majority of you are still drawn by the competition and want to actually get better

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Triathlon Plan for a Healthy 2010 – I want to get healthier for the new year and maybe do a triathlon this summer. Do you have any suggestions that can help me

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Gale Bernhardt Training Programs – – Help! My first triathalon is in October and I don’t know where to begin when it comes to training. Do you have a beginniners training 3-month schedule?

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How to Cross the Finish Line – So you’ve swam, you’ve biked and you’ve run. You are about 25 yards away from the finish line and are thinking, “There it is: The Finish Line!” Now what?

There are Newbies Starting Triathlons Every Day. Today Just Happens to be YOUR Day!