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How To Sight During Triathlon Swim? (Perfect answer)

How do I practice sighting in open water swimming?

  • In open water, you can also practice sighting to make sure you stay on course during the race. To sight, lift your head forward and find a landmark straight in front of you (a tree, a hill, a pier, etc.) and swim toward it. Take 10-20 more strokes and sight again, always keeping your landmark in front of you.

Can you rest during a triathlon swim?

Yes, you are allowed to rest during the swimming segment of a triathlon. Any participant is allowed to rest anytime during a triathlon, or any event for that matter. Resting is vital to a participants health and safety when needed so it is important to stop and rest if need be.

How do you practice pool sighting?

Sighting. The first, and perhaps most obvious, thing you can do in the pool is to practice sighting. In a short course pool (25 yards or meters) pick your head up twice each lap and sight on something at the end of the pool. In a long course pool, sight at least five times per lap.

How do you swim and sight?

Swim with normal front crawl breathing, but instead of turning your head to the side to breath, lift your head up, take your breath, sight, then continue turning your head to side until it is back in the water. Start by repeating lifting your head to sight like this every couple of strokes.

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How often should you sight in open water swimming?

There is no right way to sight but it is important to do it fairly often. In order to sight you should pick your eyes or eyes and nose out of the water for a few strokes to see where you are going. You can go off course in a matter of a few strokes so we recommend that you sight every 4-6 stroke cycles.

Can you take a break during a triathlon?

Resting in a triathlon swim is allowed as long as triathletes don’t make forward progress. Athletes can rest by standing on the bottom or holding to an inanimate object (ex: buoys, stationary boats, floating objects). If a triathlete is requesting assistance, he will need to retire from the race.

What are the rules of a triathlon?

While on the bike course, you must keep at least three bike lengths (22 feet) behind the athlete in front of you. If you move closer than three bike lengths you are in the draft zone and must now pass. Once passing, you have 15 seconds for your front wheel to pass the front wheel of the athlete you are overtaking.

Can I wear headphones during a triathlon?

Headphones, headsets and audio devices are not allowed at any time during any triathlon event. Most races allow you to carry your cell phone if you wish, but it must be stored out of sight in a bike bag or jersey pocket.

How far should you be able to swim?

Some good guidelines would be about 60 to 80 laps or about 1500m for beginners, 80 to 100 laps for intermediate swimmers, and roughly 120 laps or more for advanced swimmers. Those are the recommended guidelines if you want a good swim workout.

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