Open-Water Swims

Open-Water Swims

The prospect of swimming a long distance in open water—as a stand alone event or as part of a triathlon—can be intimidating.  Rapid growth of triathlon and open-water swimming has made long-distance practice swims increasingly popular, and necessary when preparing for open water races.  BYLG Sport strongly advises athletes of all experience levels to participate in several open-water training swims before registering for, or participating in, any race in open water.

Whether a scheduled practice swim is for hundreds of athletes or just a dozen, BYLG Sport works with race organizers and coaches to plan and supervise the event so that it is safe and structured.  BYLG Sport orients event volunteers to the swim course, trains them to recognize the characteristics of persons in distress, and provides ways for getting and giving assistance to swimmers.

The ideal practice swim offers experiences similar to those expected on race day, and BYLG Sport can help replicate some common race conditions that are difficult to prepare for in a pool.  Depending on the structure and schedule of the practice swim, we can provide on-site presentations, or address questions posed by athletes preparing for an open-water swim.  Topics may include:

  • Preparing for the Swim
  • Navigating the Group Start
  • Marking Distance in Open Water
  • Maintaining Mental Focus & Stability
  • Transitioning to the Bike
  • Resting and Signaling Distress

Upcoming BYLG Sport Practice Swims

New Town Open Water Swim Series
presented by Big Shark Bicycle Company
Saturdays, April 29 to June 24, 2017*
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
New Town Lake – St. Charles, MO
* No swim on May 27 due to Memorial Day Weekend

BYLG Clinics to be held at this event!

May 13, 2017 – Surviving The Swim
Some 70% of triathletes report discomfort during the swim.  Join BYLG for a 20-minute clinic on reducing swim anxiety.  Learn how to gather personal swim data (what, when, and where) to track progress in open water.  Find out what makes a confidence-building swim, and learn ways to add elements to your workout to prepare for a variety of swim conditions.  Finally, practice the steps of a successful self-rescue plan.  (You know, just in case!)

June 03, 2017 – What If?
Sure, you’re a good swimmer (or getting there), but what if something unexpected happens on race day?  We’ll provide helpful tips for dealing with a variety of uh-oh’s.  Find out what goggle colors are best for different sunlight, what strokes are best for sighting in rain and chop, and how to remain calm if you get sick or injured.  Finally, we’ll help you rate your race conditions, and decide what sudden situations you’re ready to attack or abandon.

Lake Saint Louis Triathlon Swim Practice
Participation limited to athletes pre-registered for the 2017 Lake St. Louis Triathlon.
Sunday,  August 13, 2017
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Lake Saint Louis Community Association – Lake Saint Louis, MO





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