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Zero To Hero Swim Boot Camp

Hey guys! Today we’re super excited to introduce our Zero to Hero Swim Boot Camp!

For the next 9 days, we’re gonna give you tons of great triathlon swimming tips and strategies that will help you show up on race day with confidence and rock your sprint triathlon swim!

If you’re like most other beginner triathletes, you might be most worried about the swim. And unless you were an all-American swimmer in college, it may not be easy getting back into the water.

In fact, the sprint triathlon swim can be one of the most intimidating events of a triathlon, often deterring people from taking the plunge, signing up, and training for their first triathlon.

Zero to Hero Swim Boot Camp | TwoTri.com

But we’re not going to let the swim stop you! 

If you’ve had doubts or fears about the swim, then you’re in the right place, because Jess and I are committed to helping you all the way along, and we’ve done that by breaking it down and going back to the basics and giving you some practical triathlon swim tips.  

In our Swim Boot Camp, we show you:Zero to Hero Swim Boot Camp | TwoTri.com

  • How to find a pool
  • What gear to get
  • Lap pool etiquette
  • How to breathe easier
  • Basic swim stroke techniques
  • How to troubleshoot common problems
  • Helpful open water tips
  • Sprint triathlon swim race day strategies
  • What we wish we knew when we first started… and more!

In this short course, we’ll take you all the way from zero to rocking your swim on race day!

Without a strong kick you’ll feel like you’re sinking.

Without good breathing, you’ll feel uncomfortable and panicky.

I remember when I signed up for my first sprint triathlon and headed to the pool for a swim workout. I was so excited to see how fast I could finish 10 laps, or 500 yards.

Very quickly, I found it to be a terrible struggle to even make it one length across the pool, I wasn’t even able to swim one lap! Standing up and gasping for breath, sheer terror struck through me as my mind went to the worst case scenario: “You mean I have to swim 400 yards on race day, in an open water abyss, when I just about drowned in a 4-foot pool attempting 25 yards!?”

But wait, everything’s gonna be ok…photo 3 (14)

When you’re a brand new beginner triathlete, I want you to be careful and guard yourself against the pitfall of thinking you should be able to do more (or faster, longer, whatever) than you can do right now.  We always think we can pick up right where we left off, and then get disappointed when we discover the hard way that’s not the case. It takes practice, but I promise that if you don’t give up, you’ll become a more confident swimmer!

Neither Jess nor I have ever had any formal swim training, however, we have both been in your shoes: scared, overwhelmed and wondering how in the world we would survive the swim. 

Over the years, we’ve grown and improved and become strong swimmers and we want to share what we’ve learned with you, in hopes that you can relate and that our practical triathlon swim tips will help you gain confidence in your swim.

Here’s proof: I almost drowned in 2012. I had to stop and hold onto the life boat and the swim was a huge challenge for me. Fast forward to a year later and I rocked the swim! In our Zero to Hero Boot Camp, I’ll share what I did to improve my swim and simple strategies that you can use to help you gain confidence and show up to race day ready to swim strong!

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Are you ready to rock your triathlon swim?

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  1. Kris

    “You mean I have to swim 400 yards on race day, in an open water abyss, when I just about drowned in a 4-foot pool attempting 25 yards!?” I chuckled when I read this. It is SO TRUE!. Back in January I couldn’t swim a length, a full 25 yards, without gasping for air along the way. Flash forward to Tuesday I swam 400 m in 11 minutes non stop and NOT touching the walls. The pool was relatively quiet so I took up two lanes and swam in a rectangle 🙂 June 7 is my first tri.

    • Jess Anderson
      Jess Anderson05-01-2014

      Kris- isn’t is SO AWESOME when it finally clicks?! Way to go on swimming 400m straight! That’s so great! We’re cheering you on, especially on June 7!