You will compete in open water, you will not have walls and you will not have to turn, but we have enough reasons to encourage you to practice swimming turns.
In swimming there is no doubt that training is done with all the turns, but if you are a triathlete you may have resorted to excuse that you do not need them for open waters despite the indications of your trainer. Well, we tell you that it is not a whim, to learn, to practice and to include turn around in training has several benefits for you:
Improvement of lung capacity.
Unlike when you grab the wall at every turn, the fact of flipping requires approximately two apneas per minute, which will make your lungs and respiratory system work more.
Improve your adaptation to the aquatic environment.
The more skills you can develop efficiently, the more comfortable you will be in the water and the more will increase your motivation to get overcome new challenges.
Improve your swim rhythm
Similar to a car, if we make a stop at each length, in addition to losing the inertia of the movement, we will need to restart for the next length (injection of gasoline) so that our accelerations and braking will only demand more expense from our energy system that if we turn to Maintain the constant rhythm of swimming.
It is more similar to the open water situation.
When you choose to grab and stop in each length you are taking advantage to rest And this will not happen when you have to swim in open water. So that works physically and psychologically to keep the rhythm constant without breaks.
Contributes to the work of force.
Each flip involvesActivation of the core muscles as well as the legs for the momentum on the wall, so in addition to being able to swim faster you will be stronger.
Do not despair if at first they are expensive and you swallow water. Start practicing warm-up and soft sets until you can include it in all your workouts.
Laura García Cervantes
Dra. Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport
Technical Director of the Trikatlón Tres Cantos Club
Senior Triathlon and Swimming Trainer
Paratriathlon Specialist Coach