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Training tips for the Phuket Triathlon



PHUKET: For most triathletes swimming seems to be the most demanding technical aspect of the three disciplines.

I remember my first triathlon. I was very nervous about the swim start, about being in the open water and I was not sure how to manage swimming in a straight line.

It took a while to become an experienced open water swimmer.

If you follow the right instructions, it could well become your favorite part of the event.

Learn to feel comfortable in the open water

Stay as relaxed as possible! Control your breathing, focus on your exhale and ease into your comfort pace.

Get familiar with the water you intend to swim in

Look out for landmarks so as to keep orientation. Watch out for obstacles such as boats, jetskis and rocks.

Learn how to orientate

Try “water polo swim style”. Every 10 strokes, look up so you don’t deviate off course. Breathing to both sides every third stroke helps ensure you swim in a straighter line.

Stay safe

Use a brightly colored swim cap to be more visible to others.

Try to have company during your swim, either another swimmer or a companion in a boat.

At Laguna Phuket Triathlon the swim starts in the ocean and ends in the fresh water lagoon.

Be aware of the difference between the two mediums.

Saltwater makes you more buoyant. Freshwater demands a stronger kick to maintain a good body position.

The combination of both in one race makes the swim very demanding and unique in the world.

And last, but not least. Saltwater tastes, well…salty. Have a sip before swimming to get accustomed to the brackish beverage.

Jurgen Zack, the Director of Triathlon Training at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club, will offer training tips and advice for Phuket Gazette readers who intend to participate in these most demanding of events.

— Jurgen Zack


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