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1/6/10 10:53 P

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I have not commented on this board in a long while as I've been out of triathlon and running commission for a long while as well. 2009 was a very hodge podge year for me that included a surgery the week of Christmas...sooooooo, I'm still in recovery mode but very much am getting back into reading, writing and listening on SP again so that I can get my triathlon/running MOJO back. While I was knee deep in the triathlon world which I absolutely love, I almost always trained with Freestyle and will return to that, however, during an actual race, I do incorporate some breast stroke but only for resting and whenever it's a pool tri, and you get stuck behind someone a bit slower than you and can't pass them, I revert to breast. I love freestyle and breast and sometimes backstroke but I personally would not use back during an open water tri....I'd be on the other side of the lake if I did that or out to sea...LOL!

Gosh I love talking about this stuff...it gives me a rush! Thanks gang!

BTW, I love duathlons too!

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1/6/10 3:00 P

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I've recieved my share of breaststroke kicks to the gut. Never fun at the moment but, all in all, that is what makes triathlon swims such a fun adventure.

Do whatever stroke you want and let everyone around you fend for themselves.

I do agree with the comments about freestyle being more efficient. practice and do as much freestyle as possible during the race.

Have fun training and racing!!

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1/5/10 2:26 P

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Yes, you can do any stroke. That said, it's brutal to be on the receiving end of a breaststroke kick. I received one of those in my upper chest that knocked me backwards and took my breath away.


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1/3/10 7:43 P

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I've seen someone use a snorkel at a race! We were all looking around, like "surely that can't be legal!" but I guess it was. It seems like cheating to me though!

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1/2/10 10:22 A

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any stroke is legal. check for the swim cuttoff times and make sure you can make it with whatever stoke you use.

i read somewhere that even snorkels are legal in some races.

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1/2/10 12:36 A

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Any stroke will do. When my husband started doing triathlons, all he did was breaststroke. It's also great for sighting! However, it does take a lot of effort from your legs, which you will need for the next two events. So if you can work on your freestyle and use a combination of the two, that will be your best bet.

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1/1/10 7:28 P

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its best if you can swim freestyle, as in a crowd doing the breast stroke could lead to kicking someone. its good to have a default stroke (mine is the breast stroke) but try to be mindful of other swimmers. i see lots of people on thier backs. i think they are resting or calming themselves, then revert back to freestyle..

freestyle uses less legs than the other stokes, so you can save your legs for the bike and run.

be sure to practice "sighting" so you can avoid swimming way out of the way. one of my first races, i was not very good at sighting and i zig zagged all over the place. there was a girl doing the side stroke who swam very straight since she could see where she was going the whole time, she got out of the water before me....
but to answer your question any stroke is legal.



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1/1/10 3:48 P

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You can stop and rest (even on the kayaks) as long as you don't make any forward progress, which would be considered receiving assistance.

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1/1/10 3:14 P

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That is correct. ANY stroke will do. I've seen people on their back, back paddling. Also, you can hang on the ropes, and boueys if you need a rest(double check, but my Sanctioned U.S. Women's Triathlon allowed it along with swim "angels" to go along side you if you chose).

Best luck on your triathlon... As the new year starts, we all start planning our training schedules which is RIGHT AROUND the corner!

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1/1/10 2:59 P

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You can swim whatever way gets you to the end of the race. I know someone who only swims breast stroke. I've had to do side stroke in races before. One woman did back stroke - which is also fine, except that she was going perpendicular to the rest of the wave! The only thing that is prohibited is devices to help you swim (like fins) but you can swim any stroke you like. Because it's usually the fastest, most people do freestyle. Good luck!

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Get under 6 hours for a half Ironman triathlon
Get under 8 min/mi for a 5K - DONE 4/3

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Jan 15-17 Bermuda Half Challenge (8:15 Mile, 1:01:20 10K, and 2:11:32 half marathon)
June 6 Mooseman 70.3 triathlon (6:30:25)
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1/1/10 2:29 P

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In everything I've read, you can swim any stroke. In my 1st tri, there was actually a lot of stand up, surface dive, swim, stand again kind of stuff due to the crowds, and I've read about different strategies for different stroke techniques (like catch-up), to deal with the crush of people. I don't think you'll have a problem doing whatever stroke you're comfortable with.

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1/1/10 2:03 P

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I have never run across one, but I am still a relative newbie. I am waiting for more input.

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1/1/10 1:56 P

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Does anybody know if there is any restriction on swimming stroke in USAT triathlons? I just registered for the Lake Las Vegas Irongirl, and I am a much stronger breast-stroker than freestyler, and I am planning to work on my freestyle, but I want to make sure to train properly if there is a rule about it.

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