Category: Swimming Training
By Alex Price Open water swimming is the number one thing people are afraid of when it comes to race day. Whether it is the deep water, getting hit or kicked, large ‘fish’, swallowing water or just the unknown, open water swimming is one thing that creates anxiety like no other element of triathlon. An [...]
As you swim, have you ever wondered how much of your arm stroke effort is wasted? What percentage really goes into pushing you forwards through the water and what is lost as water movement down, to the side and into eddies? The technical term for this is ‘propelling efficiency’ and it makes a direct contribution [...]
By Mick Maroney Triathlon is a sum of three component parts. The swim leg, generally speaking, comprises the least of the 3 time components that make up the sport. A swim leg can range from the 750 metres of a sprint distance race, to the 3.8 km Ironman event. Many variables come into play in [...]
For many years the analysis of performance in swimming has been tedious and manual. Cycling training has been transformed by power meters and power training, Running has been greatly impacted by GPS to provide pacing information. Accelerometers popular in consumer devices such as iPhone and Wii games are now being used to analyse swim strokes and provide performance metrics. Commercial versions of this technology are now about to hit the stores.
The benefits of strength training cannot be denied – reduced risk of injury, enhanced force application, higher economy and efficiency, speedier metabolism, and greater power. (Video)
How do you get “stronger” in the swim leg? Fundamentally the answer lies in overloading your muscles in training. So does this mean hours spent in a sweaty gym, pumping iron until your eyes bulge? In this article Bruce Thomas, level 3 Triathlon coach explores ways to build your strength during the first leg.