9. Learn when to draft and when to drift
“Try to work with other swimmers by drafting (swimming within a few feet behind another swimmer or at their side) off each other. Unlike pool swimming, where everyone stays in their lane, open water can be much more physical,” he says, but drafting can ease some of the toll by lessening the drag. Stay close but be respectful of other swimmers’ space (e.g., don’t claw your partner’s feet every other stroke). Also, be wary of hectic events, especially in race scenarios—triathlon swim starts can be very crowded. In this case, you might be most comfortable drifting to the outer edge of the race borders to limit congestion and gain a clear swim path.
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