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3. Sit on your feet. For more severe cases of Runner's Kick, sitting on your feet can greatly improve your ankle flexibility. In Yoga, just stay in "Child's Pose" a little longer and gain this extra benefit.
4. Just stretch. In a seated position, take one leg and bring it out in front of you. Extend your feet and push your toes toward ground. Hold for about 15-20 seconds, repeat with other foot. You can do this several times a day.
Whatever you do, don't be tempted to use a kick board to improve your kick. For distance swimming and triathlons, you are wasting your time with floatation devices!
Remember: You don't need a super kick to have a great race in a triathlon. Your kick is mainly for stability and body rotation.
Have patience, stick with these drills, and you will lose your Runners' Kick before you know it!
Kevin coaches masters and triathlete swimmers in San Diego, CA. He operates the website www.TriSwimCoach.com, a resource for future or current triathletes needing help with the swim. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. Kevin has also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” which is sold on his website www.triswimcoach.com in downloadable form.