Why You Need a Coach
Fortunately for aspiring triathletes who are dreading the swim, most communities have at least one masters swim program. That's where you will find the swim coach to help you get through this scary part of the triathlon. What you don't know about proper swimming technique could probably fill an Olympic-size pool, and the coach is there to show you the way.
Look for swim classes that take place in the early morning. It may be a pain to have to get up at 5
Even if you are part of a group, you will receive one-on-one attention from the coach, who watches all the swimmers and separates them by experience and skill. Whatever you do wrong will be noticed and corrected by your coach.
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The coach will spot your weaknesses and come up with drills to help you improve in those areas. You will learn proper technique more quickly with the assistance of a coach.
The coach might even design a program of workouts specifically for your triathlon goal.
A coach can also serve as a motivator, cheering you and encouraging you as you progress, and if you know the coach is watching during your workouts, you will be more focused on doing everything right and fulfilling each assignment. You might end up thinking of your coach as a slave driver, but you will be glad for the push on race day when you approach the water with confidence, knowing you can handle the distance.