Triathlon Tips: Swimming Basics
Are you not a good swimmer? Want to get into triathlon but don't know how to start swim training? Maybe you don't even know how to swim? Took lessons ages ago and forgot how to swim? Need to improve your swimming? Need a refresher on a few swimming fundamentals? If so, then this episode is for YOU!
If you don't have much of a background in swimming, it can be quite intimidating and difficult to start swim training.
In this episode, I go over 4 swimming basics that will get the beginner swimmer swimming efficiently in no time! For the intermediate swimmer, this episode could be a great refresher on some of the most fundamental swimming concepts.
4 Swimming basics
- Body Position
- Stroke mechanics (what you do with your arms/hands)
links to concepts discussed in this episode
- My all-time favorite reference for ideal swimming technique
- Great swimming form overall by Nathan Adrian (notice high elbow pull at ~90 degrees)
- Great swimming form overall by Speedo
- Emphasis on swimming body rotation
- Swimming techniques from a triathlete coach
Pool toys to help with swim training
I've personally used the following:
- Pull buoy to put between your thighs, allowing you to focus on upper body form. This is commonly used along with swim paddles
- Swim paddles for proper hand entry into the water, arm pull under the water, and overall stroke efficiency
- Kickboard to strengthen the lower body and practice kicking technique. Can be used with swim fins
- Swim fins to improve swim kick technique and build leg/kick strength
Question of the Day
Do you think swimming is more technical than biking and/or running?
Thanks for coming by and see you in the next episode!
Episode banner image: screenshot from my promo for Ironman 70.3 Miami 2016