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question about the swim leg(10 posts)

question about the swim legwheelsucker
Jul 14, 2003 3:56 AM
do you have to do the crawl stroke the whole way?? what happens if you get tired? can you do the back stroke/side stroke/frog stroke? I know its probably a dumb question, but I don't think I could go a 1/2 mile in the water. thanks
re: question about the swim legClydeTri
Jul 14, 2003 4:50 AM
you can do any stroke you desire.
Whatever works for yaZeGopha
Jul 14, 2003 6:45 AM
You can backstroke, you can breaststroke, you can front crawl, heck, you can dog paddle if you want to. There is no specific stroke for triathlons, you just get from point A to point B as quickley as possible.
above posters are correct, butSteve_0
Jul 15, 2003 4:16 AM
Id reconsider the race if you aren't sure you can do 1/2 mile; especially considering the nature of an open water race (body contact, navigation, currents, etc). You'll be putting your finish in jeopardy (not to mention your fun), and if you need to stop, you'll be in the way of secondary heats. consider a 1/2 sprint or postponing until your swimming skills are sharper.

Having said that, I've seen backstroke and breastroke in numerous races. Good luck.
Breaststroke works well in open water, but slowermtuck
Jul 15, 2003 9:07 AM
I have seen and used breaststroke in open water races. It is a little slower than freestyle but it helps you to recover your breathing and it helps you to go in a straight line since your head (and eyes) are above water so much.

If you can do a combination of freestyle and breaststroke you should be able to get through 1/2 mile without too much trouble. Don't worry if other heats pass you, you are racing against yourself and the clock. Go have fun and enjoy, that's why we do this.
passing heats...Steve_0
Jul 15, 2003 11:04 AM
I totally agree; dont let the 14-year old women passsing you bother you (geez i hate that). However, it IS very frustrating to encounter two or three people simply treading water in the course because they were underprepared; ESPECIALLY if you're in the first heat; rather akin to the 9 minute milers who line up at the marathon starting line.

Anywhooo, an elite woman (or other second-wave grouper) can tkypically request starting in the first wave to avoid these problems if they're looking for times.
passing heats...ClydeTri
Jul 15, 2003 7:57 PM
the vast majority of races in this area, inland not ocean, use time trial starts, one at a time about 3 second intervals seeded based upon anticpated swim time...
passing heats...ClydeTri
Sep 17, 2003 6:50 AM
re: question about the swim legempacher6seat
Jul 19, 2003 11:06 PM
I was actually kicked in the face by some guy doing breast stroke at my last race!

Go and doggy paddle the 1/2 mile if you want to, just have fun. I'm a terrible swimmer too, so I feel your pain. The best thing about being a slow swimmer, is that you get to pass a whole lot of people on the bike and run! :)
re: question about the swim legClydeTri
Sep 17, 2003 6:56 AM