Body position is key to swimming fast! By making sure you are flat in the water you become more streamlined and have less resistance. Pushing your chest down helps float your legs up if you struggle with this.
Breathing to both sides (bilaterally) helps balance your stroke out and can also reduce injury. It also makes it easier to see your competitors while you’re racing! If you practice breathing bilaterally then when the wave comes from any direction during the ocean swim you will be ready and able to adapt!
Lengthen out your stroke as much as you can because this makes you more efficient. By taking less strokes you will be more powerful and able to go faster when it comes down to a sprint at the end of the race.
Pace yourself! Save your energy by not kicking too much at the beginning of the race. Kicking can help you go fast but is better used towards the end.
Practice sighting while you’re training. During the ocean swim you need to know where you’re going. Every fourth lap or so throw in a few strokes where you practice looking around above the water.
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