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Old 06-16-2012
jasnmicha jasnmicha is offline
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Default TI two beat kick question

This is probably a dumb question, but does everyone who swim TI style use a two beat kick? Also, if you do, how do you increase your speed? switch to more kicks, faster stroke, etc. ?? I swam my first tri and would like to improve the swim portion.

Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 06-16-2012
tomoy tomoy is offline
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Probably lots of answers to this question. But TI style demands reducing drag first. Reducing drag increases speed.

This isn't intuitive to humans who spend most of their time in air where drag isn't that big a deal until you're going 30+mph. So all of our wiring says push harder, and I'll move faster. But in the water, it's primo critical.

I'll make up my percentages: Drag is 75% of the problem. Proper propulsion is 25%. Every hour you work on propulsion is 3 hours wasted when you could have been reducing drag.

The 2-beat kick is only a part of the whole thing. Not essential to TI, but if you're doing a triathlon, it's probably critical. Again, the kick counts as propulsion, so you're mostly just wasting energy and burning through your legs when you'd be better off saving them for the ride or run.

Imagine getting out of the water and having fresh legs.

This series is invaluable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97b6XIntfcc

Good luck!


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This is probably a dumb question, but does everyone who swim TI style use a two beat kick? Also, if you do, how do you increase your speed? switch to more kicks, faster stroke, etc. ?? I swam my first tri and would like to improve the swim portion.

Any advice is appreciated.

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