Beginner 70.3 Triathletes Take On The Swim Orientation

Lining up for the initial speed and competence test in Camps Bay pool, Cape Town

4th August was the swim orientation session for the 70.3 beginner group. As with the intermediate group, we started the session by going through the swim program which has been created by our intermediates’ swim coach, Warren Deyzel. When it was time to hit the pool, we initially had to rank the new starters so that they were swimming in lanes of equal ability. Each athlete swam 150m and recorded their time, and were allocated a lane based on their speed and competence. It will be interesting to see how the lanes change as the athletes start to improve their technique and get fitter over the coming months.

Next up was a sample of the formal drills from their weekly program which can be found on the intermediate swim orientation page. It was straight into open-water drills including; head-up swimming, dolphin dives and running and sprinting in the pool. We wrapped up the session with a few lengths of light cool down and mixed up the strokes.

So that’s 2 of the 3 disciplines down for the week. We’re now looking forward to the first bike ride on Saturday morning from Camps Bay to Noordehoek and back. Obviously with a coffee break for the first week!

Steve chats to the triathletes about the swim session

Above: Steve chats to the triathletes about the swim session

Making progress on leg speed in the water

Above: Making progress on leg speed in the water

Listening hard before embarking on the drills

Above: Listening hard before embarking on the drills

Who said swimming drills cant be fun

Above: Who said swimming drills can’t be fun?

Covering various drills in the pool in Camps Bay

Above: Covering various drills in the pool in Camps Bay

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