The Weak Runner’s Guide to Starting Triathlon
by The Weak Runner
What is a beginner?
A beginner is someone who hasn’t done any kind of swimming before. They may have been swimming once or twice but they haven’t had any experience with water. Some people think that it would be better if you don’t do anything except swimming. But I believe that it is not so easy to start doing something without any experience at all. You need to learn first before you can practice. So let us see how we can make our life easier when starting out in swimming.
How To Start Swimming?
There are many ways to start swimming, which one will suit your needs best depends upon what type of swimmer you are. If you want to become a strong swimmer then the most effective way is probably the free-dive method, because it requires less effort than other methods. However, if you want to get into the sport of swimming quickly then you should try the free-swim method. This means that you should just jump in the pool and start swimming. This is very simple and fast method.
If you are a beginner, then it is advisable to follow some basic rules while swimming:
1) Swim slowly – You must keep yourself from drowning!
However, since you are a beginner; start swimming slowly without making too much of splashing.
2) Keep your legs straight – Many people bend their legs while swimming, which is actually wrong for two reasons.
The first reason is that you lose energy by putting your legs in the wrong position. Second of all, your legs act as a floating device if you keep them straight. So it is easier to swim if you keep them straight.
3) Sight – Sighting your target before you dive into the water is very important for a beginner swimmer.
It helps you to move towards your target in better way. Make sure you go into the water at an angle so that you are moving in a straight line. Always remember to keep sighting after diving under the water.
How Long Should I Practice?
Well, how long should you practice really depends on your goals. If you are looking to become an Olympic swimmer and be at the top of your game, then you will have to practice for several hours a day when you are a beginner. However, if you are just looking to learn the basics and get into better shape, then one hour a day should be more than enough. The most important thing is that you should enjoy yourself while doing it. Don’t over train and don’t under train yourself either.
The Most Common Beginner’s Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
Like I said before, it is very important to start learning how to swim correctly from the very beginning. Otherwise, you will never learn how to swim correctly. Some people have the misconception that swimming is all about strength. This is completely wrong! The power of swimming comes mostly from the core muscles and the strong arm motion that you have while swimming.
So if you are a beginner, then try to avoid these common mistakes while learning how to swim correctly:
1) Breathing – It is very important to control your breathing while swimming.
If you fail to do this correctly, then you will have problems with your stamina. Always remember to breathe out when you bring your chin to the water surface. Try to keep breathing in the same rhythm as your arm movement.
2) Arm Motion – If you are using your arms, then you need to extend them all the way while pulling.
Also, it is important to bend at the elbow when you bring your hand back towards your body. The faster you bring your hand back towards your body the more power you will have.
3) Legs – Never cross your legs while swimming.
Just keep them straight while pushing water back with them.
Of course, there are many other beginner mistakes that you can make while learning how to swim. But if you are aware of these three, then you will be doing great!
Remember that the key to learning how to swim is consistency. You need to practice every day if you really want to see yourself going somewhere with this. The more time you put into it, the better swimmer you will become!
So go out there and get started! Good luck!
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