For many triathletes swimming is the most difficult of the three disciplines, it takes place in an environment that is unfamiliar. Water is denser than air, which causes any mechanical flaws to be magnified. For this reason, developing proper stroke mechanics is vital to becoming a good swimmer.
In her book “The 100 Best Swimming Drills” Blythe states that successful swimming requires mastering the foundations of swimming, which are minimizing drag, developing a “feel” for the water, and accessing potential power.
By minimizing drag, swimmers can make prudent use of their effort and save energy. Avoiding the wasted effort of extra strokes.
14By learning to access potential power, swimmers can expend less energy by engaging the muscle groups best suited to move the body forward with the least effort.
The best way a swimmer can develop their foundation is by using drills. This section is dedicated to teach proper swimming through the use of drills.
Freestyle is the fastest stroke in swimming so it is the primary stroke used in triathlons.
DPS – Distance per stroke
FIST – Closed fist drill
NBK – Kick w/out kick board R – rest
ON – On a specific interval @ – a specific time.
BK – back stroke BR – Breast stroke
FREE – Freestyle or crawl stroke
FLY – Butterfly IM – Individual medley (fly,bk, br, fr,}
ONE ARM DRILL
LAPS = DOWN AND BACK
LENGTH = FROM ONE END TO OTHER