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What You Should Know If Training to Swim in the Triathlon

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Perhaps if swimming was not an event in the triathlon, the number of triathletes would be greater. In fact, in this particular competition, one could say swimming is the biggest hurdle an athlete must face. The running and cycling events are not too tedious for most entrants. Once the competitor gains confidence and momentum he or she can easily carry these events. Swimming is a totally different story.

Individuals who do not swim competitively on a regular basis have to overcome the anxiety that comes along with being in a swim competition. In general, most noncompetitive swimmers who are old enough to be in triathlons are not eager to focus their time and resources on learning another sport. For this reason, one should not expect the triathlon to surpass running and cycling in trending popularity in the near future.

What is worth noting is the rise of interest in the duathlon. The duathlon is a competitive event in which the sportsperson engages in both running and cycling contests. While this contest duo is a favorite the world over, it is still not nearly as popular as its larger sister, the triathlon. Evidently, people enjoy the swimming portion of the three-sport battle. Individuals are drawn to the assortment of challenges presented by the triathlon, and the swimming segment is a huge part of that attraction.

The number of competitors who have a history in swimming is just as large as the number of participants who have backgrounds in running and cycling. Nonetheless, the odds are still stacked against those who are not used to swimming in a free water environment, which is the case of most triathletes. Most of these swimmers work out in more formal surroundings such as an indoor or outdoor pool. Because of this, even an expert swimmer may be challenged when preparing for the aquatic portion of a triathlon.
 
The purpose of this article is not to make you rethink your own capability as a swimmer. Your swimming ability or experience is not being judged here. The intent, behind these words, is only to provide you with information which will allow you to perform successfully in the swimming portion of the triathlon. With that being said, the route being described below is the only route that can ensure your successful performance.

In comparing cycle training to training for running and then swim training to each of the others, it becomes quite apparent that cycling and running have more in common than swimming has to either of the two. Runners and cyclists are familiar with moving slowly in order to cover long distances. Swimmers, on the other hand, have to focus more on working in rapid intervals, and they often run an assortment of procedural drills to make or exceed their target results. Cyclists and runners typically concentrate on only one training area during each workout.
 
In addition, runners and cyclists follow different periodized programs than those followed by swimmers. While the water sport requires a periodization format that is nonlinear, the other two events, running and cycling, are more dependent upon a training schedule that features a linear periodized plan. For the most part, within a linear program the different kinds of training are broken down into specific exercise phases. In contrast, swimmers engage in workouts in which the types of training are usually combined throughout each workout.

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