Some simple tips to improve your swimming this winter
In two past articles I’ve covered topics on cycling and running that cover some basic fundamentals you may want to focus on over the winter training season. In the third part of this series I’ll be talking about the same with swimming, and tips and techniques to work on early in the year to set you up for your best summer of racing. As with those two other articles, here we’re also talking about small changes in your training to produce big results.
Swimming is, in a lot of ways, like golf. If you play golf – or have at least tried to play golf – then you probably have an appreciation for just how difficult a game it is. What could be so hard about hitting a tiny, still white ball down a grass fairway before tapping it into a little cup? Well, it’s a lot harder than it looks, and the pros on TV make it look easy. Those pros have worked on their stroke and technique for thousands of hours over several decades. Pro triathletes are the same. They make swimming fast look easy. And like golf, swim is a sport all about technique. The more you practice, the more you refine your stroke, the better you become. There is a long list of swimming drills you could do to help improve your technique and you can find those drills on any number of websites, but today I’m going to talk about a few other things that will help you improve your swimming over the winter.