So the winter is upon us and it’s time to go indoors to practice swimming. How does a good open water swimmer or triathlete learn effective skills indoors?
Why do it:
Learning how to draft in a pool allows you to really feel the benefits of drafting, as well as locating that perfect spot for your body to be in.
How to do it:
1) You’ll need some friends to swim with, and typically partner with people who are about the same speed as you.
2) We’ll show some variations of hip drafting techniques, first, the chevron. The lead swimmer is in the middle, and the drafters will be located on either side trying to stay at the hips of the lead.
3) Next we’ll try the wedge. The lead swimmer will be the furtherst to one side, with each swimmer lined up next to each other at the hips… each just a bit behind the other.
4) Now try, the line. One swimmer directly behind the otner swimmer, in a line. Trying to stay as close to the swimmer in front, without hitting the feet. It’s good to stay close, but bad to make the swmimer in front of you mad.
How to do it really well (the fine points):
Try passing to help incorporate more training into this practice. Start with one swimmer at the hips, and then sweep out, and accelerate passed the lead swimmer. The swimmer being passed should then locate themselves next to the passer, and draft off of them.
To better illustrate race type situaions, have all the swimmers leave at the same time in a cramped lane challenge. This simulated mass start can teach how to stay narrow and get swimmers used to these somewhat awkward and scary situations.
To build team bonding, have your entire team, like these swimmers at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center show. It’s enjoyable, and will have everyone in the group feeling like a part of the team.