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The biggest challenge for triathlon athletes when they first start training is becoming used to open water swimming. Swimming in the ocean is a lot different than training in a swimming pool. It can often feel uncomfortable for those who are not used to it.
Although it can often feel daunting at first, with practice and knowing the best techniques for open water swimming your triathlon performance can greatly improve.
The swimming techniques that you would have learned in the pool are very different to the techniques needed for swimming in open water. Due to the uncertain weather conditions that you may encounter, you need to be prepared in all situations. You can start preparing by training in your normal swimming pool environment. It should be before setting foot in the ocean for the first time. You should wear correct triathlon clothing. This helps you get used to how it affects your swimming performance.
The initial thought of open water swimming can seem daunting for many people but with the right training and giving yourself plenty of time to practice you can greatly improve your triathlon performance. Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, our physiotherapists are expertly trained in ensuring that you are training efficiently for your chosen sport. If you have any questions about the best way to train for your triathlon, contact us here.