IRONMAN SWIM START
The Ironman swim start can be a pretty nerve-wracking time. This is especially true if you are attempting the ironman for the first time.
It’s much easier to deal with the Ironman swim if you have a swim plan in place before the gun goes off.
Rest assured that the atmosphere in those last few minutes leading up to the race start will be super-charged.
This is to be expected when at that one moment in time you get a few thousand people who are in the fittest spot in the world and are about to take a journey like no other.
They have sacrificed and trained for months and even years just to be in this one moment in time.
Besides that, pretty much every triathlete there will be all rested and tapered and anxious for that gun to to off.
That fact in itself will pretty much guarantee the atmosphere will be super-charged with adrenaline.
MOST NEW TRIATHLETES HAVE VERY LITTLE SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
Statistics show that pretty well everyone has some biking or running experience when they first decide to take on the Ironman challenge, but have little or no swimming experience.
Hey! That sounds just like me when I started out.
If taking on the Ironman is a new experience then chances are they have no idea what it will be like to swim in the open water. Worse yet they will be joined by around 2000 other swimmers when the Ironman swim start gun goes off.
It can be a pretty daunting experience for anyone.
BE SURE TO PLAN AHEAD FOR THE STARTING GUN
Usually about 20 minutes before the race start everyone will be starting to make their way down to the water.
Be sure you don’t leave your last nervous pee for too long because the line-ups get huge about 30 minutes before the race begins.
It’s also a good idea not to zip your wetsuit right up too soon. It’s very easy to overheat and it’s best to wait as long as possible. A good idea is to put your wetsuit on up to your waist and about ten minutes before the race begins get someone to zip it up for you.
Pay extra attention to the little things. In all the excitement it’s easy to get careless.
You’d be surprised at how many triathletes have to scramble in the minutes before the swim start because they lost their swim cap or goggles.
CAREFUL HOW YOU PUT ON YOUR TIMING CHIP
Your timing chip should go on your bare ankle.
There are those who have very seldom worn a timing chip and they put it on their ankle all right, but they put it on over their wetsuit.
Don’t forget that you are going to have to have your wetsuit pulled off after the swim. If your timing chip is on top of your wetsuit it will go flying as soon as your wetsuit is stripped.
It happens all the time.
THE IRONMAN SWIM START DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SCARY
There is no need to obsess about the ironman swim start. It need not be the awful nightmare that you might imagine.
It took me about 6 tries to figure out how to develop a swim strategy that took all the stress out of the Ironman swim.
You won’t need to spend six years figuring it out because I can give you some direction and tips from my own experience(and mistakes more than anything)in both a swim strategy, swimming techniques, and how to develop a great swimming stroke.
I came up with a swim strategy that worked great for me the first time I ever tried it, and it has helped many first time Ironmen really enjoy and feel relaxed about the swim.
I believe this IRONMAN SWIM STRATEGY is a great option for those just trying to make it through the swim any way they can is an intricate part of the first book I wrote.
I’m more than happy to share it with you.
HERE ARE A FEW TRIATHLON BOOK THAT WILL TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I have written five books and they have helped many people realize their goals and dreams.
Once people buy into what I have to share in my books they realize that it is within their grasp to do something spectacular. I really believe that people are capable of so much and they just don’t realize it and in many cases have given up on themselves.
The books I have written are as much about inspiration and motivation as they are about swimming, biking, and running. I don’t write training books. I write books that will get you to the finish line and there’s a huge difference between the two.
If you are just starting out in triathlon than Triathlete In Transition is the perfect book for you.
If the Ironman is on your mind than you will get learn so much and be inspired and motivated by the first book I wrote Ironstruck…The Ironman Triathlon Journey and the second book Ironstruck? 500 Ironman Triathlon Questions and Answers.
You can visit my ironstruck book store for more information on the books I have written.
These books have helped many people around the world realize their triathlon and Ironman goals and dreams, and there’s no reason they won’t help you as well.
Also, be sure to check out Total Immersion for the ultimate in swimming technique for triathletes.
….Is simply one of the best swimming techniques in the world today for triathletes of any level. Terry Laughlin’s swim program is the perfect mate to my swim strategy.
TOTAL IMMERSION is designed to teach swimmers to remained relaxed and efficient and if you follow this program and adopt my swim strategy you will most likely enjoy your triathlon swim instead of dreading it.
Remember that a great swim stroke that keeps you relaxed and in an energy-saving mode combined with a sound swim strategy will start off your Ironman day in the best possible way.