2.12.2009

US Navy SEALs Combat Swim

Unless you have been swimming for some time, it can be hard to maintain a strong freestyle stroke throughout the duration of the swim leg in your triathlon, particularly if it is a 70.3 or Ironman distance. For this reason, it is good to have "backup" strokes that you can switch to if your body is becoming fatigued or your breathing erratic during freestyle. Backstroke can be a decent substitute, but the problem with this stroke is that it can greatly fatigue the legs. This will hurt you later in the triathlon as your legs clearly serve a vital function in powering you through the bike and run.

A friend of mine recommended the side stroke technique used by the US Navy SEALs. While preparing for the SEALs, he was taught this stroke and it helped power him through a one mile swim in just 34 minutes. Below is a video featuring a US Navy SEAL instructing his students on perfecting the US Navy SEAL Combat Swim technique. You may find this helpful come race day.


1 comment:

  1. Michael, have you seen many people do this in ironman? The stroke comes naturally to me - I've been doing it for years. I'm debating with myself whether I should plan on doing the combat swim or keep working on my freestyle...

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