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Tips and Tricks on Triathlon Swimming Training Plan

Sep 17th 2015 at 11:50 PM

Swimming is one of the oldest and most beneficial sports in the world. There are innumerous advantages and principles of swimming and thus are taught to swim since an early age. While swimming it is important to put most of our focus on saving our energies rather than spending it. With the right techniques and the right skills, swimming can be a lot of fun and help your body and mind to a lot extent.

Most of the triathletes around the world have a background in cycling or running. Hence, they find swimming to be on their list of weakest disciplines. Improve Swimming is one of those skills, which are learned better in childhood, as any other skills and can turn out to be very difficult if bad skills and techniques are developed.

However, even though swimming training is, in fact, is a difficult task, does not necessarily mean that it is impossible. There are certain tips and techniques that you must consider in your swimming training plan.

Stabilizing your head

One of the most important things to consider while swimming is stabilizing your head. Swimming can be overwhelming and you can often have the urge to look around to see what is happening, especially if you are not very confident in it. What it does is disturbs your concentration and your strokes will not find any rhythm and it would result less efficient. You should concentrate on a fixed point and move with respect to that particular point. Keeping your head stable directions your body properly, giving an efficient result and can help improve swimming.

Swimmer’s shoulder

The term ‘swimmer’s umbrella’ is used to cover up a range of agonizing shoulder pains that occurs in most swimmers due to injuries or overuse. Several parts of the shoulders can be injured and thus cause a lot of pain due to swimming strokes. Especially, badly used techniques and lack of proper skills can result to such trauma. On happening so, it is recommended to get a checkup from a physiotherapist or orthopedic specialist as soon as possible. First, to avoid swimmer’s shoulder, try stretching for the triceps muscles, long issimus Doris, and pectoral muscles. Focus on lengthening your tight muscles, your upper limbs, and the shoulder blade area. Give priority to the improvement of the mobility of your thoracic, commonly known as the upper back.

Swimming pace

Before starting with your swimming, make sure to begin with a 400m warm-up that consist 100m swim, 100m drill (of your choice) and 100m leg workout. Consider swimming 50m on the first quarter and cruise during the remaining time. Take a break of 10 seconds or so and keep the sequence after swimming for about every 100m. Slowly warm-down with a 200m of the gentle swim. Practicing it once a fortnight for about 2 months before your grand race and help you increase your speed, stability and help to avoid flailing legs and flying fists behind.

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