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Journal of Human Sport and Exercise 2011, 6 2




Journal of Human Sport and Exercise E-ISSN: 1988-5202 Universidad de Alicante España OLBRECHT, JAN Triathlon: swimming for winning Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, vol.
6, núm.
2, 2011, pp.
233-246 Universidad de Alicante Alicante, España Available in: How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Review Article Triathlon: swimming for winning JAN OLBRECHT 1 Faculty of Biological Engineering, KULeuven, Belgium ABSTRACT Olbrecht J.
Triathlon: swimming for winning.
Sport Exerc.
6, No.
2, pp.
233-246, 2011. Swimming performance in triathlon gradually gets of overriding importance in view of the final positioning in a race.
It is important to end up swimming in the leading group(s) and to consider the impact of the swim stage on the 2 remaining sports disciplines in order to outbalance the athlete’s effort and to be able to keep racing for a good position until the end of the race.
Unlike cycling and running where the performance mainly depends on conditioning, the performance in swimming is a subtle combination of conditioning and technical abilities.
Even elite swimmers may lose a lot of performance if their outstanding conditioning is not coupled with an excellent swimming technique.
Triathletes very often suffer from a lack of technique and despite the wetsuit, which partially outbalances this shortcoming, they spend a lot of energy in the swim stage without reaping any success, energy which is then not on hand anymore for the rest of the race. Therefore, swimming technique should be the groundwork in the multi-year planning AND should be focussed on in each training session during the whole carrier of the triathlete.
Monitoring the combina...

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