|Try these swim drills to improve your stroke and help you get out of the water faster!|
|Swimming can be the most intimidating part of a triathlon especially when surrounded by others in the water. Being confident in the water is a great way to get over this intimidation. It just takes a little practice to become more comfortable. Another way to be more confident in the water is to improve your swim technique. Improving your technique can greatly improve your speed and help you get of the water sooner. Try these drills to improve your freestyle stroke and have your best triathlon yet!
More speed drills, more yards, and even tighter intervals aren’t necessarily the answer. There is hope, but before building speed training into your swimming workouts, you should master your balance and technique. Speed work is futile if you do not have the right form.
You should be balanced front to back and side to side, meaning your lower half isn’t inclined to sink and your strokes are even on each arm. Try kicking on your sides if you need help getting balanced.
Once you’re balanced in the water, you’re ready for speed.
There are two big things you can do in the water that will help lead to a faster freestyle: They both involve working on your pull. Try these two pull drills during your next workout.
#1) High Elbows
Swim several hundred yards each session just concentrating on keeping high elbows through your pull. Here’s how it should feel:
Another drill that can help you understand the pull, as well as improve your strength for swimming, is deck-ups. Swim to the side of the pool and put your hands on the pool deck. Pull yourself out of the pool and extend your arms. Try doing a set of 5 to 10 of these. Then start swimming again and concentrate on your pull. It should feel similar to how it felt pulling yourself out of the water.
When doing your deck-ups, if you put your hands too close together it’s going to be very difficult. Move them a little past shoulder width, and you’ll have a lot more leverage.
Again, pull drills won’t help much if you don’t first hone your balance in the water.
But if you’re looking to move up in your pack, regroup and add high elbows and deck-ups to your workouts.
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