Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,214
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    should I be learning to do flip turns in the pool?

    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.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Fair Lawn, NJ
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez Elite; Giant Farrago
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm also training for my first Tri (9/1). My Tri is a Sprint, a 1/4 mile swim. For training, I don't do flip turns. BUT, I also don't stop at each end and push off. I do a sharp, swimming, u-turn. I figure that touching/pushing off after each lap is sort of a mini-rest, so I want to replicate as best I can the idea of swimming straight thru.
    Good luck to both of us!

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    941
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    They're easy, just throw in a few minutes at the end of each workout and they'll come pretty fast. Doing flip turns keeps you going, and it's how every good swimmer ever trains, so go for it.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Keith99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    5,698
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan The Man View Post
    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.
    Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Deep In The Heart
    My Bikes
    Seven Ti Tandem, Blue T12 tri bike, 92 Paramount, 93 Schwinn Mesa MTB, Trek 520 tourer
    Posts
    2,493
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Keith99 View Post
    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.
    IMHO, doing a flip turn is harder that push-off's because you miss a breath, and it adds a bit of a mental aspect to mind-numbing laps.
    Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.....Milton Friedman

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •