Triathlon Swimming Advice For Every Level

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Feb 18, 2014
  • Updated Mar 16, 2014 at 7:08 PM UTC
Photo: Kevin Thompson/TriRock

Avoid these newbie mistakes:

Impatience. The number of yards you swim or how fast you go is irrelevant as a beginner. Spend your time working on great technique and in time, you’ll get faster. “The water only rewards hard work when technique is good,” Sheanin says. “Otherwise, the harder you work, the more tired you become—but you don’t go faster.”

Frequency. If you have three hours to swim each week, don’t do it in two or three sessions. “I know it’s often a hassle to get to the pool, but swimming six 20–30-minute sessions is a much better choice to focus on getting your technique right without having to battle fatigue,” Sheanin says. “Always leave the pool feeling like you could have done more.”

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FILED UNDER: Getting Started / Swim / Training

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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