You’ll spend less time training for the swim leg than you’ll spend training
for the cycling or running legs of your event. Swim training is not about time
spent in the water; it’s more about technique.
If you’re a land athlete who trains thinking mostly about power, speed, and
distance, you may find yourself dumbfounded when you take your fitness to
the water. You can’t power through water for long if you’re not using the correct
form. Becoming an efficient swimmer requires a commitment to practicing
and perfecting your stroke.
Even if your event will take place in open water, don’t rush right out to the
ocean just yet. Mastering your strokes in a pool where you can focus on form
is more important. After you have the strokes down, you can add some openwater
training to build your confidence there.