Swim

TriDot Triathlon Training Swim Threshold
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Most technically savvy triathletes are familiar with terms like “functional threshold power” on the bike or “lactate threshold for their run.” These are measurements of your pace based on your sustained threshold ability for a given amount of time; usually one hour. In other words, what is the maximum pace you can hold for an all out one-hour effort?

TriDot Triathlon Training Stroke Rate Matters Part 2
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In the last blog, we looked at the importance of not only knowing and maximizing the cadence rates of your bike and run but also that of your swim. In this blog, we’ll look at how to calculate your strokes per minute (SPM) and whether to slow down or speed up your rates to be as efficient and productive as possible.

Slowing Down and Speeding Up

TriDot Triathlon Training Stroke Rate Matters Part 1
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Triathletes like to talk a lot about bike and run cadence. We’re always striving to hit our bike cadence somewhere in the 80 to 100 RPMs range and we’re constantly trying to elevate those running strides per minute up to that magic 180 number.

Triathlon Training Swim Technique
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I often relate swimming to the sport of tennis. To be truly great at tennis, it requires an elegant combination of incredible fitness and superior technique. However, one of these elements has much more value than the other. Guess which one?

The Top 3 Points to Consider in Your Triathlon Race Strategy: Swim Strategy
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Part 2 in a 3-part series.

In the first entry of this blog series, we introduced the topic of pacing. While pacing, especially on the bike and run in long course triathlon, is hugely important, its application is minimized if your day is already over in the swim.

You need a solid swim strategy to complement your overall triathlon race performance.

The Triathlon Swim: 3 Key Insights Part 3 - Drafting
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Our previous discussions of the three key insights within the triathlon swim established an understanding of how and why start position and sighting in an open water race are both influential to your overall triathlon swim success. While sighting is an especially invaluable skill, it (sometimes) loses its necessity once you’re drafting behind a competent swimmer.

The Triathlon Swim: 3 Key Insights Part 2 - Sighting
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Yesterday we initiated a conversation on the three key insights for the triathlon swim by discussing the importance of the start position. Today we’re moving on to an even greater insight – sighting.

Sighting

The Triathlon Swim: 3 Key Insights Part 1 - Start Position
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“In triathlon, you can’t win in the swim by itself … but you can certainly lose in it.”

When Am I Ready for an IRONMAN?
| John Mayfield | Read More

Triathletes commonly ask how long is required to fully prepare for an IRONMAN race. My answer is simple: Everyone’s unique, so there’s no one answer. But everybody’s plan should ideally include both a developmental phase and race preparation phase.

Go Open or Long
| Jared Milam | Read More

I understand the comfort of your indoor 25 yard short course pool.  Your times are familiar.  Compared to what I’m about to talk about, they’re fast.  And that short way to the other side is the oh so forgiving wall.