Originally Posted by Willem
Hi is this assumption correct according to you?
TI is primarly focusing on economic swimming and because you save energy, you can swim a bit faster and moreover you can hold your speed longer on longer distances! But speed is in TI rather a consequence of saving energy and swimming economic.
Traditional swimstyles are perhaps more focused on raising speed? And are also more efficient for increasing swimspeed? Disadvantage is that they focus less on economic swim?
According to this assumption you should conclude that the traditional swimstyles would be more valuable in swimcompetitions in short distances. And TI would then be better for swimcompetitions on longer distances and triathlons on longer distances (because you can come out the water still relative fresh).
Is this a correct thought?!? Or do you find it crap?!
Somewhere in between.
There are some things you can do in the water that consume lots of energy and make you slower. And there are some things you can do in the water that save lots of energy and make you faster. Regardless of whether your goal is to race short distances or long distances, you want to avoid the first of these and seek the second.
But there are also a few things you can do in the water that consume lots of energy but make you a little faster. You want to do those things when you're racing short distances, but avoid them when you're racing long distances (except near the end of the race). Keep in mind that what a "short" or "long" distance is can vary depending on your level of fitness. Olympic swimmers may be fit enough to maintain sprint techniques over what most of us would consider fairly long distances. As a triathlete, you may not want to use sprint swimming techniques at all, since you won't even be in the water when you're near the end of your race.
Total Immersion puts most of its emphasis on avoiding the things that consume lots of energy and make you slower, and on seeking the things that save lots of energy and make you faster. To the extent that we talk about short distance versus long distance techniques, we tend (at least at workshops) to spend more time talking about long distance techniques because that's what most of our workshop attendees are planning to do. But there is really nothing "un-TI" about short distance swimming techniques. I'm a competitive swimmer, and do short distance distance events more frequently than I do long distance events. I train for 50s differently than I train for 200s, but the training I do for both is definitely "TI training".