According to coach Alun Woodward, triathletes need a freestyle stroke that’s fast and efficient in the open water; one that’s not easily disrupted by the chaos of the race. This is not the same technique that works in the pool.
In fact, the careful hand entry and long glide that you’ve refined from hours in the pool are inappropriate for the rough-and-tumble of a triathlon.
To improve your triathlon swim, Woodward encourages the adoption of the Open Water Stroke, which is faster, shorter and more continuous. It emphasizes front-end power, a higher stroke rate and eliminates deadspots.
If you’re looking to improve your open water results and preserve more energy for the rest of the race, then you’ll appreciate this instruction.