Swimming Poll Results

Swimming Poll Results

Post by michael p.herli » Thu, 16 Jan 1992 08:14:07

Results from the triathlete swimming survey. A total of twelve responses
were recieved.  Additional responses will be posted later.

(1)  Do you rotary or bi-lateral breath?
        Bi-lateral                      8
        Rotary                          4

(2)  How many strokes between breaths?
        1 stroke                        4
        2 stroke                        2
        3 stroke                        5
        4 stroke                        1

(3)  How many kicks per stroke?
        1 beat/stroke                   1
        2 beat/stroke                   7
        3 beat/stroke                   2
        4 beat/stroke                   1
        6 beat/stroke                   1

(4)  Do you train distance, interval or both?
        Interval                        3
        Distance                        0
        Both                            9

(5)  What % of your training is open water?
        Average                         2.1%
        Low                             0%
        High                            15%

(6)  Do you train with a Master's team?
        Yes                             3
        No                              9
        Used to                         3

(7)  Do you train with a triathlon club?
        Yes                             0
        No                              12
        Used to                         2
        Want to                         2


        (1) Bilateral for all my training.  When racing I breathe more
        often and usually to alternate 10 breaths per side.

        (2) I breath every other stroke (every time to the right or left).  
        Sometimes in practice I do drills breathing every 4 to 6 strokes,
        but NEVER in competition for anything under 200 yards.

        (5) None.  Open water training is not as necessary to me as
        practicing some techniques such as "heads-up" crawl.  Of course,
        if I were ocean swimming, this might make a difference.

        (5)  What percentage of your training is open water?
        1989:   0%.
        1990:   15-20% during the summer.
        1991:   5 open water swims.  I'm pretty confident in open water
                and don't feel its worth the trouble now.

        (5)  Only about 1% of my training is in open water.  
        I do use a 50 meter pool in the summer which helps, but
        you can't develop any speed training in open water.

        (6) Tried it, but they meet too late (8:30-10:00 PM)
        my wife and I are MORNING people (hey, that's
        when the races are, right?)

For those of you living in the Monmouth County, NJ area there is a
triathlon club. The Sandy ***s, (908) 842-8017. I just joined
so no inside information yet.

Thanks for all you answers. If this is semi-interesting I could do a
follow-up poll in a month or so. If there is a question you'd like
to ask - send it.

Mike H.