Developing the right pace for the open water is one of the most important lessons a novice triathlete must learn - and misjudging pace is one of the most common mistakes in the sport. When you're running you can use a heart-rate monitor and mile
Most runners who are considering their first triathlon can cope with the cycling aspect of the event. It's the swimming that scares the life out of them. But it shouldn't, as long as they know the basics. "Gifted swimmers simply have a better
Most triathletes come from a running or biking background, so it's no surprise that the swim is usually the part of the race triathletes like least. Pool swimming generally poses few problems but taking to the open water is another matter
"There is nothing like pink toilet paper or a floating plaster to come at you from the deep to make you swim faster!" says Duncan Hough, vice chair of the Birmingham Running and Triathlon Club (www.bratclub.co.uk). But your first open-water swim
Jumping in the Thames or heading for the beach aren’t always possible when you’re training for a triathlon but there are some open-water swimming skills you can practise in the pool. By spending a few minutes every week honing your ability, you
an issue.Like most aspiring triathletes, I'm coming to the sport largely from an endurance running and cycling background. As such I think my concern about the water element of the challenge is fairly typical. Triathlon swimming generally means open-water
Chances are you wear a heart-rate monitor on the bike and run but rarely in the pool. So how do you know you're training at the right intensity? One alternative to using a monitor is to measure the intensity of your training using your rate of perceived exertion (RPE).Using a sca...
in the water.I swim in two pools - one is a beautiful restored 1930s municipal pool. It's a slightly random 30.5m long (which makes doing the maths of how far I need to swim even harder!). The water is cool and clear and I usually get plenty of room to myself
). The legacy of this is that I have confidence in the water (including open water) and the remnants of a proper front crawl technique. Breathing bilaterally is the only way I've ever known, I don't kick from the knees and I genuinely enjoy being underwater
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