Although not the fastest stroke, well-executed basic breaststroke can be more efficient and economical than weak front crawl, and so is a great option for the developing triathlete. Breaststroke has undergone some great technical improvements in the last 10 years. Competitive swimming rule changes and the introduction of more radical stroke-development ideas, such as the wave breaststroke, have allowed coaches and swimmers to push the limits of the breaststroke boundaries.
A lot of people who want to get in to Triathlons are put off by the swimming stage. I had the exact same trepidation before signing up to my first Tri in Having said that, you absolutely can swim breaststroke!
There are many reasons for learning and developing your ability to swim the three other competitive strokes in swimming. If you are well-versed in freestyle technique and looking for new ways to spice up your training, improving your breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke is a good place to start. A little time spent working on the other strokes backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly will help your training, your enjoyment of training and its usefulness immensely.
Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows what a frightening and horrifying experience it is. It was my first triathlon. My training buddy Liam and I had signed up to it without much training at all, which seems to be our thing.
This site contains affiliate links. For more information, see our Disclosures page. The date of my first triathlon arrived a bit before my ability to perform freestyle stroke for any significant distance—dang side-breathing.
In normal medley swimming we move from butterfly into backstroke. We allow athletes to use backstroke in the warm down should they wish. I believe there is very little skill acquisition that a triathlete freestyle swimmers can learn from backstroke itself other than to release the freestyle muscles from tension and fatigue.
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User Name Remember Me? Breaststroke in triathlons? I know that front crawl freestyle is the standard stroke for use in triathlons - it should be faster, and takes less out of your legs than breaststroke.