Get To The First Buoy Faster

  • By Sara McLarty
  • Published Oct 24, 2012
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Master every type of start

Beach: The rule of thumb is to run to the water’s edge; high-step over the surface until water is above your knees; dolphin dive until the water is above your belly button and then start swimming. In the case of additional breaking waves, continue to dolphin dive under them.

Dive: Just a moment’s hesitation can be the difference between clean water and 1500m of chaos! The initial sprint will also last a lot longer when the entire field is similar in ability. Expect to exert 110 percent for upward of five minutes before anything settles down.

Deep-water: Place yourself on the front of the line, close to the outside edge. When the one-minute warning is sounded, maneuver your body into a horizontal position with head raised. Use a sculling motion with your hands and a small kick to keep your body afloat and stationary. When the gun fires, drop your head and start sprinting!

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