Swimming is the first leg of a triathlon. Due to its early position, it is often forgotten once the longer cycling and running portions of the race commence. One could argue, however, that a strong start could make the rest of the event much easier. Putting yourself in a good position from the beginning can prevent you from needing to sprint at the finish. Spending enough time in the pool and becoming a better swimmer could make you a better overall athlete.
If you're training for an event in the early spring, it may be necessary for you to have at least a few workouts in the pool because of cold winter weather.
Triathlon swims take place in open water, not pools, so you may wonder how you can create a similar experience in a more controlled environment. In an article on the U.S. Masters Swimming website, veteran Masters coach Scott Bay offered the following advice for swim clubs that have multiple triathletes:
"Multisport athletes will need skills-building drills suited for this different medium," Bay wrote. "How can swimmers practice open water skills in a controlled environment like the pool? Simple. Take the lane lines out. Yep, just pull 'em out, and you're left with a body of water with no set traffic pattern."
Training in the pool with others also provides a fun alternative to solo outdoor swimming. You'll also have the opportunity to get out of your wetsuit and competitive swimwear and try out a few different bathing suit options.