How is the “31 Easy Tips…” series treating you? I hope it is helping. Implement one or two things from the list (don’t try to do too much) over the course of a few weeks and track your progress.
Today’s tip is #20: Do LESS Freestyle
Yes, you read that correctly – do LESS freestyle!
Most triathletes swim freestyle and only freestyle, given that it is the fastest stroke. Fair enough.
However, experimenting with the other three strokes will benefit your swimming in a number of ways:
- Give your freestyle-specific joints and muscles a break and avoid overuse injuries
- Make your swim practices more interesting
- Develop your non-freestyle muscles (e.g. strengthen your legs doing breaststroke)
- Give you options in a race should you need to switch strokes – take a breather, fix your goggles, etc.
- Up the intensity in the pool by adding butterfly
- Give you confidence in your overall swimming ability by mastering the ‘other’ strokes
- Maybe counter-intuitively, a strong kick can help with sighting in open water as you can use it to get your head out of the water and maintain forward progress
Try adding a mix of the different strokes in the warm up and warm down, and go from there. Your freestyle muscles will thank you!
Previous tips in the 31 Easy Tips series include:
#1: Drink Water First Thing in the Morning
#2: Write Down Your Goals (Now!)
#3: Ask an Expert
#4: Start Stretching
#5: Track your progress towards your Goals
#6: Take a Cold Shower
#7: Incorporate Drills into your Workouts
#8: Superfoods for Superperformance
#9: Get Some Rest
#10: Cross train
#11: Reward Yourself
#12: Don’t Breathe in the Pool
#13: Take a Bath
#14: Do Squat!
#15: Get Yourself a Mentor
#16: Do Yoga
#17: Be on Time
#18: Leave Your Bucket of Troubles at the Door
#19: Stay Healthy!