Andrew Raynor Dover
The first European long distance race highlights this season are now history and I have asked many athletes how they went. The most common answer: ‘it was ok but I somehow have to be able to cycle and run a lot faster.’
Every athlete wants to finish a race faster than the race before, or faster than last year etc, but only few athletes succeed. They start to analyse and wonder… my cycling and running should be a lot better; I was faster in the shorter distances and during the marathon last fall; I was quicker during all of the long Sunday rides with the friends
After thorough consideration some athletes decide to invest more money in a new bike and to train longer and harder. This can often be the very wrong approach.
One reason why most triathletes competing in long distance races are dissatisfied with their cycling and running performances actually has to do with their swim.
What is apparent is that swimming is often underestimated in triathlon.
Do I have to swim more? Or, I already swim three or more times a week!! – are frequent reactions. No, perhaps you don’t need to swim more however it might be a good idea to work on your swimming technique – adopt a style that fits you individually.
Kristin Lie from Norway is a great example of someone who invested time and effort into redefining her swim technique and has since seen the rewards. She recently detailed the changes in her approach in her Blog:
After the IM 70.3 in Haugesund I received numerous enquiries and comments or I was asked directly about my swimming performance. Here is my answer:
During the last past years I spent a lot of time in the water. I trained with many different swimming coaches and tried everything possible to increase my speed in the water.
The result: lots of frustration for all of the effort!!!! In May I took part in a Trisutto Camp in Mallorca. Brett Sutton and Dirk Neumann found a swimming style that was good for me.. We adjusted two small things. My breathing rhythm was changed and my swimming style was simplified considerably. Place Press Push makes my swim goes whoosh….
Result: I am out of the water faster, and more importantly I save energy. Before it felt like I needed 20 Calories and now only 1 Calorie. I immediately have power on the bike and can deliver my performance. I might offend some swim coaches now but pure swim training has nothing to do with swim training for a triathlon. This also applies to cycling and running. Which both also were changed during the camp.“
We cannot describe it better!
How to simplify your swim; how you can get out of the water faster and more relaxed; how you can achieve faster splits on the bike and during the run, or how you can increase the overall fun and enjoyment of triathlon…, all of these these things are discussed and practiced at our Trisutto Camps and I invite to join me in Mallorca in October or next Spring to learn more.
Dirk Neumann is a Trisutto Coach based out of Frankfurt Germany. Earlier in 2017 he coached hisfirst camps on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Dirk will be coaching the Trisutto philosophy and Total Body Force Methods at camps in Mallorca this coming October with more camps available in 2018. Check here for camp dates and details.