Swim Fast to Get Fast
By Gale Bernhardt For Active.com
I completely agree that doing form drills to practice good swimming technique is critical to the process of becoming a faster swimmer. That written, you cannot expect that slow and purposeful drills will increase your sustained swimming speed if you never swim fast.
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3 Essential Open-Water Survival Tips
By Nick White Triathlete magazine
Last summer, one of my athletes felt great going into the water at the start of her goal event, a half-Ironman at Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock, Texas, only to get stuck behind a pack of slow swimmers.
A gap formed between her group and the leaders, but by the time she fought her way into open water she didn't have the power to get across to them. And while she ended the day with a new PR, her experience in the water revealed an opportunity for even more improvement. She needed some surge power and a more aggressive outlook on swimming in the pack.Pack swimming is a relatively infrequent experience for most athletes, and it's difficult to replicate in a pool. Sure, you can swim laps right on someone's feet or hip, but there's little that compares to being smack in the middle of a few hundred swimmers out in open water.
So, without much opportunity to practice this skill, here are some tips for staying out of trouble.