Open Water Swimming is very different from swimming in a pool. This is due to visibility, water temperature and the weather amongst other things. We therefore highly recommend you practice open water swimming as part of your swimming training.
Uswim runs informal, drop-in sessions at Dock 9, Salford Quays, location of the Tri on Wednesdays, 5.30-8pm and Saturdays, 8-11am. If not already a Uswim member you can simply swim as a non-member on the day by completing a disclaimer at the venue.
TIP ONE; Get experienced! Join a Uswim session in the Dock to familiarise yourself with the venue, its landmarks, swim course, water temperature.
TIP TWO; If you can find someone of a similar speed you will have an easier swim if you swim close by and level to their knees (inside their bow wave – this is known as drafting). It is not illegal to draft, on the swim but be careful not to upset your pacemaker by constantly tapping them if you are too close.
No, but bilateral breathing in training will help you on race day: The added gain of being comfortable with this technique is that certain open water swims might dictate only breathing to one side, due to waves, wind or swim direction.
We are often asked if it is it better to be on one side of the starting pack of swimmers compared to the other? If you are not a confident swimmer then find a space and swim your own race.
Wear everything you plan to race in under your wetsuit (TRISUITS are ideal); this can include your race number pinned to a top if you are not wearing a race belt.