By Lisa Wolf
Swimming… it’s a love/hate relationship among triathletes. If you grew up as a swimmer, you can experience the thrills of being one of the first out of the water and hearing the crowd cheering for the front runners. For many, it’s something to be endured so you can get to your “happy place” on the bike or run.
Unlike running or biking, swimming is something that doesn’t come naturally to most of us. Humans are not aquatic based; we are mammals who are most comfortable in a vertical position, not horizontal. Add in an open water environment with murky water, wetsuits and a large crowd of thrashing swimmers, and it can be a very daunting proposition.
However, with proper training and expectations, you can have a great start to your race. Here are few items to consider:
The swim portion of a triathlon can be challenging but with proper training, preparation and knowledge, it can also be the start of a great personal accomplishment.
Lisa Wolf is a certified coach with USA Triathlon and USA Swimming. Her swimming background also includes a Level II ASCA certification and Level II certification with USMS.