Probably the discipline that both beginners and experienced athletes are most apprehensive about when starting out in triathlon. The prospect of mass starts that number in the hundreds for national and regional races and up to and over two thousand in a full Ironman race can seem daunting. However with a little bit of help and your club mates around you, it can be a very enjoyable and exciting experience. Just ask those who keep coming back for more!
TriLakes Triathlon Club aims to help our members with these situations by organising open water training sessions on a regular basis, once the water temperature is high enough.
Some of the challenges in completing an open water swim include things as simple as getting a wetsuit on and applying the right lubricant in order to get it off in transition. That’s the practical end of things; the more technical aspects include breathing in open water and sighting the bouy’s on the course. Learning how to do this correctly can save you a lot of time and effort: there is no point in signing up to 750m swim and actually swimming 1000m if you can help it!
For stroke technique we have coached sessions in the Kingfisher Pool in Tuam on a regular basis with our swim co-ordinator, Nick Skehan. Nick is one of our most experienced swimmers and is available to answer any queries regarding swimming in the pool or in open water.