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3 Triathlon Swimming Technique Tips: Breathing for Freestyle

3 Triathlon Swimming Technique Tips: Breathing for Freestyle


When I first got into Triathlon it was after
about 20 years of never being in the pool I was actually quite afraid of the water a
few years later I went from struggling to swim just a 25-yard length to actually completing
a nine-hour 17-Mile 27 kilometer Marathon swim across a lake I really believe that everyone
can do that where it started getting a little bit easier for me was when I learned how to
breathe so today I’m going to give you the three best tips that I received that helped
me get a lot more comfortable in the water and get control my breath while I was freestyle
swimming the first and this is probably the biggest baddest and best tip that I can possibly
give is to slow yourself down in the water part of the problem is that all we see on
TV is footage of Michael Phelps and pro triathletes and they are swimming like mad now most age
group triathletes aren’t fit enough, we aren’t built the same way that those pro athletes
are we don’t have the Decades of swimming experience behind us to expect ourselves to
swim at that super high intensity level for much longer than the length of the pool so
the best advice that I can give is to slow yourself down in the water and you’re probably
actually going to go a little bit faster because you’re not thrashing you’re going to be able
to catch and feel the water little bit better and specifically over a triathlon distance
which might last anywhere between 10 minutes and an hour and a half or two hours if you’re
doing and IronMan you need to conserve a lot of energy and the slower you go and the more
controlled you are and you control your heart rate the better you’re going to be able to
do so when you’re first starting out make sure that you slow yourself the way way down
until you get control your breath when you get comfortable in the water and then once
you get past that first phase of just learning how to be comfortable in the water and then
you can worry about adding a little bit of intensity here and there and slowly building
up your lung capacity the second tip is to slow down actually it’s not that crazy to
think about forgetting about your altogether it’s only anywhere between 5% and 15% of your
thrust that actually comes from the kitchen so you can spend thousands and thousands meters
kicking and let’s say you get 50% better in your kick you might only get a couple percent
faster beyond that your legs are the biggest muscles in your body so if you’re kicking
really hard you’re going to be burning up a ton of oxygen and that’s oxygen that you’re
going to have to take in you’re going to bring it a lot heavier A good rule of thumb for
Triathlon freestyle technique is that your kick shouldn’t be for thrust you should focus
more on using your kick for balancing your body keeping your body streamlined and getting
a little bit of body rotation as long as you can get that out of your kick you don’t have
to kick my charger finally make sure you spend a fair bit of time teaching yourself how to
float in the water water is actually 784 times more dense than air and triathletes we’re
all very guilty of being aerodynamic weenies on the bike so we should really worry about
being hydrodynamic that’s actually a word being more hydrodynamic in the water the big
focus on being hydrodynamic in the water is making sure that your legs pick up and they’re
not causing drag you can start solving that issue by teaching yourself how to float so
that your legs want to stay up towards the surface of the water and then slowly adding
a kick and slowly adding your stroke more and more as you become more floaty that is
a very nerdy thing that I just made up there you have it slow yourself down conserve Oxygen
by kicking a lot less and teach yourself how to float those were the three biggest tips
that I got that took me from being afraid of the water and literally not able to swim
in the pool to being able to swim across the lake for 9 hours I believe that every single
swimmer out there might now grow to love swimming but you can certainly get yourself into a
position to make it a lot more bearable these three types are very good start as always
have fun with Triathlon and kill your next A-Race!

22 thoughts on “3 Triathlon Swimming Technique Tips: Breathing for Freestyle”

  1. Great tip Taren thanks, my problem is, when im breathing i stop kicking and my legs drop, any tips to maintain the kick when breathing ?

  2. Awesome advice!

    These are by far some of the most useful tips I’ve received in my effort to learn swimming.

    Kudos to you mate!

  3. How do you practice floating? From toddler swim lessons until today I have never been able to float and I sink like a rock no matter how hard I try. My wife can fall asleep floating, but doesn’t know how to teach me how to do it.

  4. Ok h I suffer from fear of water as soon as nose touch water feel I am dying so very much afraid even cannot wash face with whole water I have to take small sips to clean soap so what to do

  5. Going to go swimming tomorrow morning. The swim is my weak area, and I have a hard time floating. Tomorrow I will (1) slow down, (2) kick less, (3) take time to learn to float. Super helpful, thanks!!!

  6. I’ve been studying the Total Immersion methodology and applied it and seen remarkable results without the use of hand paddles, pool buoys and other toys that are alleged to help technique and make you swim faster. Unless you’re going to stay in the pool, where conventional training methods might help win swim meets, I don’t see the advantage of using pool-based training aids help with long distance triathlon swimming. Thoughts?

  7. Hey guys, can I learn to swim 2 miles in 6 months? Want to do the ironman I am a marathoner and a biker, just need the swimming… any suggestions appreciated

  8. Never known Taren chuck out a less than useful video. He my go to information about how to improve my triathlon training

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