Recover quickly from a sprint
Sprinting to the first buoy can have painful consequences like lactic acid buildup, lungs straining for oxygen and numb legs. Maintaining mental composure is the key to transitioning to a more sustainable pace. Tuck behind another swimmer and catch a draft. Use this time to keep positive thoughts flowing while you focus on your breathing and get it under control. Let your body react naturally to a lower intensity of breathing and adjust your stroke tempo accordingly.