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Simple Strategies For Speed #4

You can never be too fast.

Even the longest open water swim legs require SPEED.

While endurance and stamina are critical for success, you only sustain the speed you already have.

Sustaining slow is still slow!

While triathlon is an endurance sport, speed still needs to be considered.

Unfortunately, many triathletes fail to incorporate much speed work in their training, swimming at the same pace for the majority of their workouts.

To help you develop some speed, I’m going to provide you with various strategies to improve your speed.

Keep track of your times.

Awareness is everything.

Strategy #4 Stride and Cruise

You’re likely familiar with the concept of ‘strides’ from running.

You can use that same principle in the water.

However, you’ll perform a stride or two, then perform some smoother aerobic swimming.


2x25 Strong

200 Cruise

With this set, you’ll pick up the speed over a short distance, then switch gears back into smooth aerobic swimming.

Not only does this help improve your speed, it makes the aerobic work more engaging and more effective.


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