Your guide to preparing your first or your best triathlon!

How to train for your triathlon swim

Swimmers enjoying a scale swimming workout

How do you even train for your triathlon swim anyway?

Everyone starts training for a triathlon from different levels. Different levels of fitness, different levels of skills.

Many people get into triathlons from running or cycling backgrounds and realise swimming is their worst discipline.

So let's answer your questions:

"What's the best method for triathlon swim training?",

"How can I start training for triathlon swimming?",

"What swimming training plan should I use!?"

Here's the answer...

 

You go to the pool with a swimming training set to follow

 

 

Alex Thurston teaching a scale swimming workout
The key to triathlon swimming training

Triathlon swimming training is quite different to running training or cycling training. When running or cycling, it's adequate to head out into the world and aim to continuously go further and faster.

 

Triathlon swim training is different as the majority of your speed in the water, your endurance in the water and the amount of energy you use in the water is all determined by your swimming technique.

Because of this, the best triathlon swimming training comprises more short distances, swimming drills and sprints which improve your technique faster than if you were to just...

Going to the pool and swimming 1km without stopping?

This is biggest mistake new triathletes make when they start training for their triathlon swim.

Swimming sessions are split into Speed, Distance and Technique sessions. If you're looking to hit your next PB, you do more speed sessions, if you need to increase your distance in the pool, do more distance sessions.

 

If you're a new triathlete and not confident in the water, you should be entirely focussing on technique! Even if you're an experienced athlete, around 25% of your swimming sessions should be focussing on technique.

Where can I get swimming training sets that will help me progress in the pool?
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Introducing...
Scale Swimming Waterproof Triathlon Training Books

Professionally designed triathlon swimming sets to help you improve your technique, endurance and power in the water!

With sets from Sophie Coldwell, Jodie Stimpson, Rich Emmett and Alex Thurston

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Each book contains 11 professionally designed triathlon swimming sets

Triathlon swim workouts, built for all levels of triathlete: from beginner, to proficient!

Throw in your kitbag, pop on the side of the pool and follow the swimming workout - Simple!

Books are totally waterproof, stand on the side of the pool with an quick kickstand, are clear to see with foggy goggles and so simple, anyone can understand them! 

Scale swimming training book underwater

No more wasted swimming sessions,

No more soggy paper in your kitbag,

It's time to SCALE your SWIM!

Alex thurston at the world championships

Alex Thurston PhD

  • Swimming coach of over 10 years

  • Masters swimming world record holder

  • Loughborough University Academic

Rich Emmett competing in a triathlon

Rich Emmett

  • 2019 Triathlon Coach of the Year

  • Former international triathlete

  • Level 2 Triathlon Coach

Sophie Coldwell finishing a triathlon

Sophie Coldwell

  • 2020 Olympic Champion (Mixed Relay)

  • 2021 Arena Games Champion

  • 2022 Commonwealth Champion (Individual)

Jodie Stimpson Glasgow

Jodie Stimpson

  • 2014 Commonwealth Champion (Individual)

  • Challenge Miami Triathlon Winner

Alex Thurston teaching a scale swimming set

DESIGNED BY EXPERTS

Authors include Alex Thurston PhD and Rich Emmett (level 2 Triathlon coach).

Scale swimming book standing on poolside

STANDS ON POOLSIDE

Easy to see, Easy to read.

Scale Swimming book underwater

TOTALLY WATERPROOF

Perfect to slip into your kitbag.

Scale swimming book extract

BUILDS ESSENTIAL SKILLS

Build technique through drills and speed through aerobic sets.

Scale Swimming book floating on water

EASY TO UNDERSTAND

Straightforward swimming sets.

Scale swimming training session

11 ENJOYABLE SWIMMING SETS

No more boring '1000m' sessions!

Ready to Scale your Swim?

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BEGINNER BOOKS

SUPER SPRINT AND SPRINT TRIATHLON

For new triathletes or weak swimmers, looking to build core swimming skills.

£16.50

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INTERMEDIATE BOOKS

SPRINT AND OLYMPIC TRIATHLON

For average swimmers, containing essential triathlon techniques.

£16.50

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PROFICIENT BOOKS

OLYMPIC AND IRONMAN TRIATHLON

For strong, confident swimmers, looking for variety in swimming workouts.

£16.50

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