Olympic Swimming vs. Triathlon Swimming

Written by Kevin Koskella


While watchingrepparttar swimming events inrepparttar 144004 Olympics last week, I started thinking about how differentrepparttar 144005 freestyle stroke is (or should be) for Olympic sprinters and amateur triathletes.

Many people inrepparttar 144006 triathlon world think they need to just emulate Ian Thorpe to have a faster time, or have a similar stroke to Michael Phelps to cruise throughrepparttar 144007 swim. For most amateur triathletes, trying to learn from these swimmers is like trying to learn Portuguese when you really want to learn Spanish. There are similarities, but not enough to get you by.

Donít get me wrong- Thorpe, Phelps and many of their major competitors have some ofrepparttar 144008 best freestyles inrepparttar 144009 world, and parts of swimming science are based on things these guys do inrepparttar 144010 water.

The problem is, most ofrepparttar 144011 freestyle events inrepparttar 144012 Olympics are actually sprints.

The 50 is over before you can blink,repparttar 144013 100 is an all-out sprint, andrepparttar 144014 200 and 400 are both controlled sprints. The 800 is more of a middle distance event, whilerepparttar 144015 1500 (mile) is reallyrepparttar 144016 only pure distance swim inrepparttar 144017 meet. So can we learn fromrepparttar 144018 mile swimmers atrepparttar 144019 Olympics? Yes, a little. The swimmers generally have lower stroke counts, and arenít relying on their kick as much asrepparttar 144020 sprinters. But those swimmers donít have to do a long bike and run after they swim!

So, they can put everything into their swim, and their strokes come out looking a bit different than what we are teachingrepparttar 144021 beginning level, non-swimmer triathlete. Although we canít use a one-size-fits-all approach to freestyle strokes, there are many aspects I have pointed out that have helped triathletes all overrepparttar 144022 world that donít come from a swimming background:

How to Master the Top 5 Challenges to Breathing in Freestyle

Written by Kevin Koskella


The most common question I hear inrepparttar triathlete world aboutrepparttar 144003 mysteries of swimming efficiently usually involves something with breathing. In freestyle, it isrepparttar 144004 first step to get your body position right. Then, for many, you throw in breathing and everything goes haywire! This has to do with lack of balance, using your head instead of your core to breath, and a few other factors.

Here arerepparttar 144005 top 5 challenges in learning how to breathe in freestyle, along withrepparttar 144006 remedies on how to get over these:

1.Not Getting Enough Air. There are a couple of reasons this typically happens in freestyle. First, make sure you breathe out all of your air before you rotate to take a breath. When learning, some people try to exhale and inhale while they are rolling torepparttar 144007 side for air. There simply is not enough time for this! Your exhalations should only be inrepparttar 144008 water inrepparttar 144009 form of bubbles. At firstrepparttar 144010 timing may seem difficult, but eventually you will get used to it. Second, you may be sinking as you breathe. Make sure you are rolling torepparttar 144011 side to breathe, and not rotating your head and looking straight up. Practicingrepparttar 144012 side kicking and shark fin drills, as discussed in The Complete Guide and inrepparttar 144013 introductory 4-session online clinic you get by signing up forrepparttar 144014 Tri Swim Coach newsletter will also help you with this challenge.

2.Extended Arm Sinks While Taking a Breath. This is mainly a balance issue. While you breathe to one side, your other arm should be extending. For many swimmers, this extended arm pushes down intorepparttar 144015 water (elbow drops) and they are sinking while trying to inhale. The side kicking and shark fin drills will also help to improve this. Another drill also discussed inrepparttar 144016 materials that will help with this challenge isrepparttar 144017 fist drill, which forces you to not use your hands, therefore improves your balance inrepparttar 144018 water.

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