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Strength + Technique = FAST

posted August 16, 2006 @ 10:33 PM  |  Triathlon category

Most of us will never swim a mile in under 17 minutes, but it can be fun and rewarding with some time and effort invested. Swimming fast is more a matter of technique than strength. It takes the longest of the three triathlon events to master since it is the most technical. My expectations were that I might not get a lot faster, but that I wouldn’t be quite so tired when I was finished. I was right. Learn to swim efficiently instead of faster and you will have plenty of energy left over for the bike and run. For triathlon training you get faster by swimming 5 days a week to get the feel of the water and doing lots of short distance drills. You can start out easy by swimming 3 days a week and get into the habit of making the swim a priority. Remember that if you swim long slow distance then you’ll be good at long slow distance. To get fast, you need to swim fast. It makes it a lot easier to push yourself to swim fast when you are in the company of others. It’s impossible to see yourself swim so that is where the coach is helpful. As much as you might think your technique is good, a coach can see your imperfections that have the potential to slow you down.



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