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6/29/10 11:28 A

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Thanks for the tip! You are always a wealth of info!



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6/18/10 11:34 P

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I have an open water swim tomorrow - perhaps I'll be able to use this!

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6/16/10 10:22 P

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Way to go Glad, I hear you on the enjoying the tri. as for the swim question, I think you have to give a little and just do your best. I have been in your position a few times and am learning how to draft and let them do most of the work. I mean, if I have to swim with them, I like to let them lead and swim off to the side and back about a half a body. and then I just enjoy the swim.


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6/16/10 4:11 P

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Thanks! I will try this one out.

I have another question for you. As a not-so-strong swimmer, in my first event (Olympic distance) a few weeks ago, I got "stuck" to another swimmer. We were similarly paced, and although didn't spend much time drafting off of each other, every time I'd move to pass, he'd go faster (and vice versa) and we would swim side by side trying to avoid each other, and seemed to get sort of sucked in toward each other. As we exited we were joking that we were magnetized during the swim. While comforting to know I wasn't off-course, it was slightly annoying. Any advice on how to get around someone, or at least stay enough to the side so as to not be in their personal space? Or is it just a practice practice practice issue?

Thanks! And nice work to everyone in this team! Keep it up!

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6/16/10 12:37 P

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Glad no one is filming me in my office as I'm trying to do this in the air! LOL! I will have to try this in the water!

I completed my first TRI last weekend (YAY ME!) and though the swim was not even a concern, it was harder than I expected. To begin with, I must have been nervous at first, because I could NOT catch my breath until about the second half of the swim. And then, oh my! the kicking in my face! the people turning over on their backs in front of me! I was surprised how I got caught up in that even though I stayed to the back and the side. It was definitely more challenging than I expected.

But I LOVE being a TRIATHLETE!!!

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6/16/10 11:35 A

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I forgot to mention that when you do the roll, you roll in the direction of your extended arm. So if your right arm is up and extended, roll towards the right.

This is much easier to show than to explain!

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6/16/10 10:59 A

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Great tip!! Thanks!

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6/16/10 10:22 A

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Great tip! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to try that this week.

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6/16/10 10:06 A

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As tri season ramps up for many people, I wanted to share a tip that I learned at an open water group swim class that I attended. This pertains to racing with buoys where you need to make a turn. It's a technique that allows you to make the turn smoother and faster.

Pretend that you're approaching a buoy where you need to make a left turn. Normally you would come up to the buoy and pause for a second while you adjust your body to make the turn. After you make the turn, you have to swim hard to get back up to speed.

Instead, as you get just past the buoy and are finishing your left hand stroke, bring your right arm up as if you were going to stroke forward, but instead, hold it over your head and roll over on your back. Keep your right arm extended, and when you complete the roll, you have just executed the turn and can bring the right arm in for the stroke.

This way you keep your momentum going and may be able to drop that hitchiker that has been drafting you for the past 150 yards!

If you need to make a right turn, then you will roll with your left arm over your head.

Practice this ahead of time. You don't want to try this in a race - you may wind up confused and rolling around, causing the guards to think you're in some sort of distress.
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