It is often said that you can tell a woman’s personality from what she carries in her bag… adapting that to triathletes, we might say that: “tell us what you have got in your bag and we will tell you what kind of triathlete you are”.
That is because what a triathlete carries in their training bag is vital for their workouts in the water.
In this post we will look at the five most important tools for a triathlete, attempting to focus on their technical features.
The first tool we thought of, essential for any triathlete, is the PULL BUOY.
The perfect tool for helping triathletes increase their power, endurance and the efficiency of their arm stroke by keeping their body perfectly aligned in the water. Using a pull buoy simulates a wetsuit, keeping your legs afloat and assisting your arm stroke. It is a vital tool for triathletes, particularly when their legs are feeling weak after riding their bike or running for miles during previous training sessions.
It can be combined with HAND PADDLES, another essential training aid for triathletes.
This is a vital training aid for controlling the catch phase of your arm stroke effectively. It helps triathletes focus on their arm stroke, particularly during the catch and pull. It is advisable to use hand paddles conservatively, because overuse can lead to shoulder problems. Use them for strength training workouts (i.e. 25 m sprint sets) or after the main workout to increase your endurance.
A third training aid that must in any triathlete’s bag are FINS.
They can be used for various purposes. As well as strengthening your legs, they are ideal for working on your technique and the flexibility of your ankles. The latter is extremely important for triathletes, particularly those that do not come from a swimming background. Swimming with your ankles extended is vital for improving your position in the water, helping increase your buoyancy without your body sinking in the water.
The latter can be combined with hand paddles for strength and speed work, but they can also be used for specific leg workouts to improve your leg kick.
In this case it can be combined with a KICKBOARD.
This is the perfect tool for developing your lower body, both your legs and stomach muscles, and also for improving your leg kick. Make sure you place your hands carefully in the holes at the top of the kickboard when working your legs, keeping your hips high and making sure your feet do not come out of the water.
A proper leg kick will help you swim much faster. This can also be achieved with the aid of a SWIM SNORKEL.
This is a universal training aid that can be used with all four tools we have already mentioned. It is important because it helps you learn the proper technique without worrying about your breathing. Indeed, breathing through the tube will allow you to focus on the efficiency of your arm stroke, your body roll and your head position, while breathing underwater. Plus, its distinctive features also make it ideal for preventing and recovering from injuries to your neck and back.
What do you carry in your training bag? 🙂