6. Stay alert
“You’re in a wild environment,” Cox stresses. “You must be aware of what’s going on around you, and listen for motor sounds.” Take your head out of the water and look straight ahead periodically to make sure you’re not headed toward something potentially dangerous, or that you’re not drifting too far from shore. “It’s very important to practice swimming freestyle with your head up, so you can check the buoy markers during the race and continue to swim as straight to the goal as possible,” Marsh adds. This is also crucial during races. The swim portions of triathlon are notoriously crowded. Look up to make sure you don’t swim into anyone or get kicked in the head.
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