Start with a pool triathlon
In a pool-based event, there’s no mass start, so you can focus on your swim performance without worrying about the thrashing mass of arms and legs. There’s a line on the bottom of the pool, so you don’t have to add the complication of sighting a far-off buoy. And the side of the pool is never more than 25 meters away, which means that even in your worst-case scenario, help is only seconds away. A pool-based triathlon can give you the confirmation that you have the technical skill and endurance to complete a triathlon swim, and once that competency is “checked off the list,” you’ll feel more comfortable starting an open-water triathlon.
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