Triathlon Training | Improve your Swim Speed
On a Swim Plateau? Break Through Triathlon's Most Technical Aspect
Swim mechanics is an area where athletes are subjected to a whole host of opinions, and determining which are valid can become difficult. Having performed underwater video analysis on hundreds of individuals, the great majority of them 50 to 85 minute Ironman swimmers, I feel very confident in identifying the most subtle of issues and how to mitigate them. This is geared towards highlighting the most common and critical items related to swim mechanics within the sport of triathlon.
I like to do this session when I need a bit of a form check. It's a great endurance set but with a wicked turn of speed that can induce some serious lactate. It's probably more focused around Olympic Distance and 70.3 events, addressing the need to throw down speed at the start, and then settling into a strong pack-busting race rhythm—all the while training your body to manage that painful lactate! It can also help with picking up the back half of swims in all distances of racing. Here's how we do it...
Athletes often begin their triathlon career coming from swimming, cycling, or running backgrounds. These backgrounds lend themselves to training like a swimmer, cyclist, or runner versus like a triathlete. Those athletes that don’t come from this type of a background many times seek to immerse themselves into the world of one (or all three!) single sport in an effort to improve their triathlon prowess. In this writing, I discuss the use of single sport focus blocks as well as the delicate balance between bike and run stress in any triathlon preparation program