Originally Posted by Dan The Man
I am training for my first triathlon, and swimming laps in the pool. Will there be any benefit training wise to learning to do flip turns, or is it just something extra, icing on the cake? Is my time better spent focusing on stroke technique? I've tried it a handful of times and usually end up out of lane, or angling deep or snorting water. My tri will be in July in open water.
Ex competitive swimmer here. Pretty decent one at my peak I was actaully leading teh defending national champ (NAIA, about the same as NCAA division 3) in the 1000 at our league meet prelims for the first 400 or so.
Since you will be doing open water learning a flip turn is low priority, especially getting it down well.
BUT and thsi is importnat.
Many who do not do flip turns spend excessive time on the wall, even taking a breth while holding on to the wall. That will make a potentially huge different. If you are resting. Your training is including a break you will not get in the open water.
Getting a flip turn doen, more or less, sort of kind of is enough to make sure yuo do not get that break, and do not get that free breath. But just knoing should help you avoid that pitfal, and if you concentrate on not taking a break on the wall of any kind you should be OK.