Swim: Don’t Look more than Six Strokes
Everyone has to look around during the swim — for buoys, people, and to make sure you’re going in the right direction. The best thing to do is to take anywhere between four to six strokes, says Scott, and then give a quick glance. Make sure you have a good idea of the configuration of the course — like if it’s triangular or if it’s rectangular — so that you can quickly orient yourself, and keep a look out for objects like telephone towers or trees that will help you know where you are on the course. Remember, you probably won’t be able to identify the different buoys, since they all look quite similar from the water and the sun may be reflecting off the river, or lake, or ocean.
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