As more swimmers start to embark on the open water season in preparation for the Fulton Hogan Mount Festival Half there are some key things to think about when getting into the Open Water.
One of the key things in open water swimming is
On a course such as the one at the Fulton Hogan Mount Festival where boats are scattered around the course and sighting is more challenging you’ll need to check your line regularly.
I’d recommend every 6-12 strokes.
Slower swimmers should sight more regularly as they tend to go off line quicker and therefore take longer to get back on course.
As Mark Watson the commentator at the Mount always says “the fastest way between two buoys is a straight line” so if you take poor lines, it’ll take you longer.
SIGHTING AND BREATHING
In a recent group training session, I noticed a numbers of swimmers sighting and breathing at the same time.
I like to try and teach swimmers to make this two separate movements or actions to reduce the chance of taking in water while lifting your head up to look forward!
- Sight to the front
- Breath to the side