Tri Talk Tuesday – Swimming

It’s Tuesday again and you know what that means!

…or do you?

The link up Tri Tip Tuesday used to be apart of is no more. Lisa discontinued the link up, so a couple of my close fellow tri bloggers and I got to talking, so welcome to the new and improved….

*drum roll please*




From now on Tuesday will be triathlon TALK (with some tips thrown in if ya need em’) and I’ll be all linked up with the amazing Cynthia from You Signed Up For What!? and Miranda from The Cupcake Triathlete. This is a co-hosted link up between the three of us, but there’s a way to add yourself to it at the bottom of this post. So comment, add yourself, find some new triathlon related reading material, and enjoy! But just remember, this is a triathlon link up, so make sure you’re talking about triathlon if you link up. 

Today we’ll be talking about swimming


Let me start off by telling you about how I swim- the answer is poorly. 

My first triathlon was an Iron Girl sprint tri with an open water swim. Ask me how much swim training I put in for that. Go ahead, because the answer sucks. It’s maybe six swims..? I did not train properly. So the next year when I did two sprints and an Olympic you’d think I’d train more for the swim leg. You’d think, but you’d be wrong. I did about the same amount. And consequently I have struggled at every swim leg ever on every triathlon I’ve ever done. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

So this year I’ve been working hard to swim like less of a loser. I’ve been perfecting my free style stroke so I don’t have to breast stroke/side stroke/doggie paddle my way slowly to the swim out. And the time in the pool is paying off. 

So when it comes to getting that swim figured out, spend the time you need to in the pool. The first few times you might even struggle to swim a single length, but just keep at it. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can build endurance in the water. 

Then, once the weather is cooperating, you can move to open water swim (OWS). I’ve written about the struggles that come with learning and getting comfortable in an open water swim before. But what it boils down to is practice, practice, and practice some more. Before my first triathlon I did one real OWS. Only one. And it was the day before. This is definitely a do as I say not as I do situation because many people are uncomfortable in open water as it is. Then you throw in the craziness that is the a triathlon swim start and it can be terrifying. 

After all the time I’ve put in at the pool this year I’m very excited to start OWS for this season. However, the weather is being a jerk and we’re supposed to get snow tonight, so I’m getting nervous that I may not be seeing open water until right up before my first race. However, even if that ends up being the case, I know will go into the this next triathlon season much more confident about my swimming abilities than any previous season. Hard work, it pays off. Go figure!


Have you done any open water swims?
What is you favorite swim workout to build strength, speed, or endurance?
Next week’s theme- biking! Play along if you’d like!


Do you talk triathlon on your blog? Link up with You Signed Up For WHAT?!The Cupcake Triathlete, and The TriGirl Chronicles on Tuesdays for Tri Talk! We’ll discover a new theme each week and talk about triathlon training, tips, and general chatter. Be sure to link to your specific post and not a general link to your blog so that your post can be found in the linkup archives. Links not triathlon-related will be deleted

9 Thoughts on “Tri Talk Tuesday – Swimming

  1. I signed up for swimming classes this spring to help me get over some of my swimming fears, open water swims being a big one. Hopefully I’ll have a swimming plan by the end of the class!

    • Swimming with other who are stronger and faster than me has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in terms of becoming a better swimmer. You’ll classes and it will definitely help you get a plan together!

  2. I need to do more swim “workouts” and less “swim as many laps as I can in the amount of time I have at the pool”. This is my year for that – to swim smarter!

    • I’m definitely guilty of just swimming too. When I swim solo I tend to “just swim” which is why I’m so happy I found my tri club to have swim practices with. It’s been a tremendous help!

  3. Excited to Link Up with you! 🙂

  4. Thanks for the link-up! Your line: “trying to swim like less of a loser” made me smile because that’s how most of us feel when swimming. Butttttt I think anyone who faces their swimming fears is brave and that every time we go for a swim, or do a triathlon, we’re anything but a loser!

  5. I love that all of you ladies are getting real and informative about swimming – which happens to be the sport I struggle with the most. I have yet to do an open water swim but am planning to do a few in before Boise rolls around. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I am hoping to make it out to one of the lakes to get a feel for the wetsuit/open water combo. I have never participated in a Link Up by may have to join in on one. 🙂

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