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Learn how to perfect transitions and shave time off, even if you have always been the one to slow down on each wall.
Mastering well-executed transitions can earn you up to a second each lap. Have you ever watched elite swimmers racing? They try to carry the speed off the wall for as long as possible, and it’s no coincidence. They have figured out that the fastest point of their race is the underwater phase. The great news? Anyone can learn!
In this blog, we will explore how to use metrics to measure and perfect transitions.
By the term transition phase, we mean ALL the points of change in and out of swimming, including starts, turns, push-offs and finishes. The Focus score is calculated from over 30 metrics divided into three phases: Overwater, Underwater, and Transitions.
Learn more about: The 3 Phases of Swimming
When it comes to swimming efficiency, there is no one size fits all solution. Surely improving your transition time is important, but how do you measure it? TritonWear Focus will give you an overall score, individual stroke scores and specific phase scores rating how well you have executed your skills relative to your usual performance.
To improve your turns, you can track your performance using specific metrics (Transition Time, Turn Time, Push Time, Push Max Acceleration and Push Strength) and compare them to your recent averages.
Turn Time is a crucial part of your overall time, and optimizing this metric can help you win races.
Turn Time is the amount of time between the initiation and end of a turn. The goal is to switch directions during your turn as fast as possible. For flip turns, this is calculated by measuring from the beginning of the turn’s initiation (when the head begins to angle downward) until the feet hit the wall. For open or crossover turns, turn time is calculated from the hand touching the wall until the feet hit the wall.
Here are our foolproof tips to help you minimize your turn time.
Do you find yourself trying to catch up with your opponents or teammates after each wall? Stay ahead (of the race or your lane) by training an explosive push-off. The first few meters after the wall is the fastest part of your swim lap.
For an explosive push-off, the goal is to minimize Push Time and maximize Push Strength.
Push Time is the time spent pushing off the wall.
Push Strength is a measure of total acceleration the moment the feet leave the wall. Gravity, type of turn and quality of streamline can all impact your push strength.
Besides a weak or improper push-off:
Next, learn: Optimizing underwater swimming.
Alexandra Petala is the Content Marketing Manager at TritonWear. Before joining TritonWear, Alexandra had created her own company delivering freelance services for lead generation. She also served as the Growth Manager at Just' Geter Done. A former swimming coach and Greek National Champion herself with over 20 years of experience in competitive swimming. Alexandra graduated from the Empire State University with a degree in Business Economics and Marketing.