Can you point your toes and straighten out your feet?
When you kick on your back, do you tend to go very slow, stay in one place, or even go backwards?
Do you have a tough time with swimming drills because your kick is not propelling you forward fast enough?
Do you wear fins in workouts just to "keep up"?
Did you start out as a runner and pick up swimming later to become a Triathlete?
If you answered "yes" to any of above, you may have Runner's Kick!
Have no fear, there are things you can do. Even worst of kickers can develop an adequate kick for freestyle, which is all you need for a triathlon swim. Here are some remedies:
1. Vertical Kicking. This drill has been around for a long time. Find water that is deep enough for you to kick in place. Let go of wall, cross your arms, and kick in place in a vertical position (keep in a straight line), pointing your toes and keeping your chin above surface of water. Get your power from your quads and hips on this drill. Try 20 seconds at a time.
2. Use fins. Yes! I am a coach telling you to use fins. But not to "keep up" in workouts. IF you have ankle flexibility issues (Runner's Kick), use fins for a few weeks, but wean off them as you get closer to your event. The shorter kind are best. I prefer Hydrofinz (see below) but other brands may work okay as well. Fins can increase your ankle flexibility, allow you to do swimming drills with ease, and strengthen right leg muscles you need to kick.