If you are like many triathletes, the swim is your most dreaded leg of the triathlon. You jump into frigid water and try to stay on course while getting beat up by the horde of swimmers all around you. Your goal is to finish the swim without drowning, and finishing with a good time seems out of your control. Not to worry, Coach Valerie at Victory's Edge has curated some articles with good tips on overcoming any open water swim obstacles!
Conquer Your Open-Water Fear
Discomfort in the open water is very common. Whether it is a panic attack in the middle of the course, fear of the “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” or simply an aversion to dark and murky water, you are not alone. Anxiety is normal among athletes at all experience levels. The answer to conquering your fear lies in your pre-race training, mental preparation, and creating and utilizing a personal race strategy.
Triathlete Magazine has some good strategies for you. Read more...
Identify Your Safety Swim Stroke
A safety stroke is one that you are comfortable doing in open water when you are feeling tired, anxious, or just need to adjust your goggles. Its main purpose is to allow you to catch your breath and lower your heart rate at any moment during an open-water swim. Occasionally using a stroke other than freestyle can make your race experience more enjoyable and relaxed. The goal is to become so comfortable with your secondary stroke of choice that your automatic reaction when stressed in the water is to immediately switch to your safety stroke instead of panicking or having any other kind of unproductive reaction.
Triathlete Magazine has some good advice for you. Read more...
Dealing With Unexpected Open-Water Swim Scenarios
9 Secrets To Proper Open-Water Sighting
Triathletes spend hours in the pool practicing perfect stroke technique, but on race day, following buoys and staying on course is equally important. Sighting is a skill that needs to be practiced and perfected before race day.
Follow these tips from Triathlon Magazine for your next open-water swim. Read more...