This video presents Sara’s top ten drills for working on stroke technique. Her drill “progression” starts with basic balance and moves through flutter kick, breathing, rotation, and the secrets of an effective pull. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced competitor, Sara’s drills will help you improve as a swimmer and will lead you to a new level of efficiency.
In part 2 of the video, Sara demonstrates how you can practice ten essential open-water skills in the pool. By practicing in the pool, you’ll build your confidence in a familiar environment so that you feel comfortable and more in control when you move to open water. You’ll learn how to:
• Breathe on both sides
• Start from zero in deep water
• Draft off other swimmers to get maximum benefit
• Be comfortable swimming near other people
• Sight efficiently and effectively
• Turn at the buoys
• Use dolphin dives at the start and finish of your race
And in part 3, Sara shows you how easy it is to practice your skills in open water, with just a minimum of equipment. By following Sara’s advice on how to build your skills in the pool, you’ll soon find that swimming is the best part of your triathlon instead of the worst.
Each of Sara’s technique drills and open-water skills is illustrated from multiple angles – side, head-on, below, and rear – and from above and below the surface.
Slow-motion and freeze-frame footage allows you to zoom in on key moves and really SEE how to do them.
SARA MCLARTY, who competed in her first triathlon at the age of seven, is one of the fastest swimmers in the history of triathlon. From 1993-96 she was a 4-time IronKids National Champion. From 2000-2004, while swimming for the University of Florida, Sara earned 15 NCAA All-America awards and finished her college career with a 4th-place finish at the 2004 US Olympic Trials in the 400 freestyle. This qualified Sara for two swimming World Championships, where she won silver in the 400 free and bronze in the 5K Open-Water World Championships. In 2005, Sara turned pro and earned the USA Triathlon “Rookie of the Year” award. Now a seasoned pro triathlete with numerous World Cup, ITU Continental Cups, and Elite National Championships on her resume, Sara is regarded as unbeatable out of the water. In additional to her own training, Sara coaches Masters swimming, directs triathlon clinics for newbies as well as elites, is the spokesperson for IronKids Triathlon, and writes about triathlon swimming for USA Triathlon Life and Triathlete Magazine. She lives in Clermont, Florida, and runs triathlon programs at the National Training Center.
GO SWIM TRIATHLON SKILLS was written, filmed, and produced by the team of GLENN MILLS, a member of the 1980 Olympic Swim Team and a currently a Masters world-record holder, and BARBARA HUMMEL, veteran of two Olympic Trials and currently a coach and World Top-Ten Masters swimmer.
Running Time: Approximately 75 minutes