Alison and I have different strengths (she in the water/bike, and me in running). Please understand that I am an older runner and was never an athlete growing up (unlike Alison). Several times I have used Jeff Galloway’s method (run/walk) during my half marathons http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/. I find that when I am not well trained, this is a fantastic way to not get injured, finish the race and have a bit of gas left in the tank to take it home strong. Alison and I use this for our runs (we monitor heart rate recovery and fatigue levels during these run/walks. It gets easier each time, right Alison?
So Alison adopted this technique for our open water swims. Swim to a buoy, side stroke (the equivalent to the walk portion of Jeff’s technique) and then swim to the next buoy. WOW!!! It worked and I felt much better after our last swim. So this old technique for running is our new technique for swimming.
Just goes to show – transferable skills and techniques are often very helopful.
This is why a Tri is so much fun with a buddy – you learn different techniques and apply them as appropriate. It just take a different set of eyes! Go us.