Conquer the open water with expert advice from OW swimming coach Sean Kelly
This lunchtime (1-2pm) we're joined by swimming coach Sean Kelly who'll be answering your questions about the open water - training to improve your OW times, tips for tackling lake, river and sea swims, and how to cruise past the crowds in races.
Sean is an open water specialist who coached Team GB swimmers Keri-Anne Payne and Cassie Patten to Olympic success in Beijing. With years of coaching experience at the highest level in swimming, he's the perfect person to tackle your open water queries.
We're opening the discussion now Sean so can get answering your questions at 1pm (rather than having to deal with a rush of questions at once).
As someone new to open water swimming, what drills etc would you reccomend?
Also how do you get over the nerves of being in the middle of a dark lake!
I am new to o/w swimming and seem to loose form much quicker than I do in the pool where I can comfortably swim 2k at a time.
Is it just to do with the wetsuit and practice or is there some specific stength issues I need to work on?
This is my first season of Triathlon and 3 months ago could not do Front Crawl for love nor money!
In the pool I can now complete a sprint distance in under 6 minutes, however in the local club lake I fail to replicate these times - it's closer to 8 minutes.
I completed my first Sprint distance a few weekends ago and posted a 07:43 swim leg over 400m, but I know I can go faster. Why is my pool times not converting to OW?
do you have any top tips as to how to minimise/avoid the shock/hyperventilation when in colder water? It seems to be mostly on first getting into the water.
Must admit - I love open water swimming. Much nicer than in the pool and my speed is better. Key thing that nags me is "sighting". How annoying it is to think your driving nicely through the water, only to look up and find you've gone 15 degrees off target and wasted a load of effort.
Any tips, please, on efficient sighting?Thanks.
Supplement to FFs question...
Every single open water mass start I am able to swim about 25 metres then find myself surrounded on all sides and being swum over, my adrenalin is pumping and breathing all over the place. I always end up having to stop due to hyperventilation, swim some breaststroke to get my breath back and then carry on. After about 5 minutes of this faffing i can settle into a decent rhythm and swim the rest of the course with ease.
In more recent races I have tried to prepare for this and tried to relax, slow my breathing and slow my stroke but I have not been able to make a difference - what else should I try? Its becoming really irritating that i lose 5 mins every race due to this, especially as I am a reasonable swimmer so would love to demonstrate that with my swim times.
is there much of a difference between an OW freestyle stroke and a pool freestyle stroke? Keri-Anne's freestyle looks more like a typical pool swimmer and looks more elegant than other OW swimmers.
I am doing the Eton swim that is part of the Speedo Open Water Series. This is my first race... what would be you top tips for getting through this?
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