Swimming preparations include for most athletes long sessions of twice a week or more and while some attend classes to get correct stroke techniques to perfection others might get tips from exercise videos. With the swimming events, part of sports challenges such as triathlons the biggest fear for contestants is getting pulled under while swimming or the cluttered start of the race.
Expert swimmers who also participates in multi-sport challenges all basically give the same tips and agree that the trick at the commencement of an event or race is to latch onto a swimmer who is slightly faster and to swim hard from the outset. A slightly faster swimmer will make it easier for a new contestant to feel safe since he/she will shield them from the front barrage, open up a safe way past the pack and it all adds up in achieving a faster swimming speed.
Practise makes Perfect
It takes practice to perfect this technique but once you get the bit of a roller coaster skill right you are ready to leave the pack behind and will never have to fear being bogged down by a tangle of legs or arms again. Many swimmers have a huge fear of the start of an event and lack confidence, which both contributes to their hesitation to participate in multi-sport events. The lack of confidence pf those who do enter seldom make starting hard part of their training plan and lack the knowledge of how to change gears inside the open waters to successfully manage levels of effort
An athlete has found the right draft once he/she can swim at a steady effort behind the feet in front and all that is needed is to pop up his head to check that he is being towed in the correct direction. Never allow anyone to come between you and the feet of your selected tower, as this is your ticket to free speed indeed. You might have to swim to keep your free speed, but you are guaranteed of a quick swim split even if it takes some defending of your territory it will all be worth it in the end. If you do lose this perfect free speed draft, you will regret it for a long time.
The best way to find the perfect “leader” is to wait for swimmers passing you at a steady pace once they have passed use power strokes to get behind them and settle in for an easy swim that would get your pace synchronized with theirs and force you to work a bit harder.
Swimming training session should consist of two to three sets a week, one of easy of four 50m sets with 30 seconds of rest between each set and one session of six 100 meter lengths with 60 seconds of rest in-between sets at easy pace working up to do the same set at a fast hard pace with a pull buoy and paddles the easy set needs to be completed without gear.