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Get To The First Buoy Faster

  • By Sara McLarty
  • Published Oct 24, 2012
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM UTC
Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org


Starting out at the front of the swim will put you in a strong position for the entire race.

It can be a challenge to sprint the first two minutes of a race that will take multiple hours to complete, but getting to the front early can result in a huge payoff! Not only will you be clear of the chaos and in a position to draft off stronger swimmers, you’ll also start your bike ahead of the masses and set yourself up for a solid race. Focus on the following four areas.

Swim well with (lots of) others

When thousands of athletes start together in Ironman events, there is little chance to be in the front group. However, you shouldn’t be complacent in one place; challenge yourself to move ahead of one person in front of you. Then pick off another person, then another. Swim “skinny” as you squeeze through small gaps between swimmers. Don’t create turmoil and revenge by being hostile as you move forward.

The challenge of moving forward one by one will keep you occupied and focused on the event at hand and will prevent daydreaming or negative thoughts from forming.

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