Training for the Kingston Beach2Beach

“The Beach2Beach is a 2.5km open water swim from Blackmans Bay to Kingston Beach, south of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia’s southern most state. The swim is held annually in March/April and is the final of the Tasmania Ocean SwimSeries. The Beach2Beach takes swimmers past beautiful cliffs and over kelp forests and is one of several open water swims conducted every season by the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club.”Kingston Beach2Beach

Kingston Beach2Beach - Map



[via TRAINSMOOTH] You should include a open water skill session when you are not able to make it to the river or ocean.  Clocking up miles in open water is good if that’s train-smooth-hdrwhat you are after in training but there are other ways to really get a band for your buck when it comes to open water training with the limited training time like so many of us have. Training for beach starts, deep water starts, swimming around buoys, including some max efforts, exiting the water are some aspects that should be part of your open water training session.”

[via TRAINSMOOTH] “Simple things you can add to an open water swim training session”

Deep Water Start: Start each set in the deep end of the pool the exact way you would start a deep water race start.
Sighting:  Every six strokes look up and look in front of you and put your head back to the correct position quickly.  The longer you leave your head out of water the more drag you create.
Drafting/irritation:  If possible, do these sessions with one or more friends.  Do a couple of sets with the focus on drafting behind and swimming closely to the other swimmer’s hip.   Do some sets where you can start a set closely next to each other.
Wet-suit:  Every now and than, do a pool session in your tri kit and wet-suit so you stay use to it and really get and keep that feel of the water in the gear you will be racing in.

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