Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

600 m draft­ing – switch­ing the lead ev­ery 50. The lead swim­mer can stop at the wall and let the oth­ers pass or pull over and ease up, al­low­ing the fol­low­ing swim­mers to pull through, just like the pace line of a bike ride. Add in “post­ing” for some ex­tra open wa­ter prac­tice. The front swim­mer stops a few me­tres short of the wall and goes ver­ti­cal, ei­ther by kick­ing or just stand­ing up if the wa­ter is shal­low enough, then the fol­low­ing swim­mers must move around them, ne­go­ti­at­ing a 180 de­gree turn with­out touch­ing the wall. The new leader of the line can also ac­cel­er­ate out of the turn to add an­other level of race day re­al­ism to the drill. While you’re draft­ing, ex­per­i­ment with po­si­tion­ing your­self on the feet, hip and even armpit of the per­son ahead of you to see what the dif­fer­ent ef­fects are.

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