Triathlon - Swim Training
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01-08-11, 06:56 PM
I need some advice on training for a 400m swim on April 17th. The biggest issue that I have is, I do not have access to an indoor pool, and I am concerned with training outdoors. What is the best way to go about training for the swim in this situation?
01-08-11, 08:47 PM
What is the big deal about swimming outdoors? I do it four times a week and have no problem. Do what you have to do to make it through.
01-08-11, 09:15 PM
Just be careful. Be aware of currents, and have someone watch you if possible.
01-08-11, 09:18 PM
is your 400m swim outdoors? part of a sprint tri? if it is i would work on your concern about training outdoors, watch videos, read books, talk to others or on forumns to get over any anxiety about it...you are not alone. I wish i lived in TX so i would be able to get into a lake down there.......have you checked out all your local ymcas, gyms? some will give you a daily pass or month to month membership...good luck
01-08-11, 10:01 PM
What I am concerned about training outdoors is the water and air temps. The river I trained for my first tri in, the temps are low 60s and should be falling in to the upper 50s soon. I would only be able to swim there on the weekends and the occasional evening when I get off work early. Would getting a wetsuit be suitable enough to train with in those temps? What else do I need to be concerned with training in the winter time?
As far as gyms, the nearest one is a 40 minute drive one way and their hours are basically my work hours. I got a 10 visit pass last year and I have not used any of the visits yet. There are not a lot of options for training around where I live. I just want to be in better shape than last years tri. It was a 800m swim and it took me 32 minutes to complete it.
01-09-11, 10:04 AM
Have you considered any of the training aides that you see in the back of the tri magazines? I have no idea if they work and fortunately I have a pool within a mile of my house so I don't need to try them. Seems like your situation calls for some out of the box thinking. I suspect you wouldn't swim in that river too many times when it's high 50's to low 60's.
01-09-11, 01:08 PM
Consider finding some indoor water available on Sat/Sun and take a travel weekend now and then.
Find a destination with additional things to do to fill the other time you're not in the pool.
Travel to a weekend swim clinic geared for triathletes.
Over the long term, you may want to look at an endless pool, or even more drastic solutions (ie: relocate, change job). Or change your objectives to be more realistic if you won't be able to get in minimal training.
32 minutes is a very long time for an 800m swim unless it was against currents.
I would not want to swim unsupervised especially in harsh conditions (dark+cold, lake or river).
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