How hard is it to swim in a triathlon?
- Swimming is often the most challenging of the 3 disciplines for new triathletes. Swimming technique is tough to master, and combined with the chaos of open water on race day, triathlon swims can feel pretty overwhelming. But they don’t have to be!
How do you swim in a choppy water triathlon?
Dive under the waves going out, just before or as they break, and do not try to swim over them or wade through them. Unless they are small waves (below your waist), dipping below and through the wave will prevent you from getting pushed backwards to the start line!
How do you prepare for first open water swim?
Preparing to swim in open water for the first time
- Think about your equipment.
- Learn how to sight and practice this technique.
- Don’t panic in the water.
- Adapt your swimming technique slightly for the open water.
- Plan your training sessions.
- Lastly, enjoy it!
Do you need a wetsuit for open water swimming?
Swimming Wetsuit If you’re new to open water swimming, it’s wise to wear a wetsuit. You’ll still feel the cold initially but soon after the layer of water trapped between the skin and wetsuit will warm you up.
Is open water swimming harder than a pool?
To be fair, pool-based swim training and racing is a whole lot more than just swimming. For most, open water tempo is higher compared to pool swimming resulting in a faster overall pace. Typically, tempo is higher due to the lack of wall push-offs resulting in fewer opportunities to glide off the wall and rest.
What is a good open water swim pace?
Any pace under 1:45 per 100 meters in the open water is admirable for competitive swimmers and any endurance athlete. Any pace under 2:30 per 100 meters in the open water is respectable for any adult, especially relative to the population in general.
Why is open water swimming so hard?
Swimming in the open water can be much more difficult due to conditions like wind and currents. This just means that you are comfortable swimming several hundred yards and that you know how to rest when there are no walls or pool bottom to rest on.
How do you breathe in choppy water?
Try altering your head and breathing position when swimming directly into the wind and waves. Keep your head slightly buried, so you drive a straight line through the waves, rather than bounce up and down. When you turn to take a breath, look slightly backward into your armpit to create a protected cove of air.