I did another tri 3 weeks after the one with the frog kicker, and I did what I had thought about. I started closer to the front but still off to the side. That seemed to work better, or maybe for whatever reason the pack didn't get as congested as they did on my 2nd tri. Whatever the reason, I had a better swim and even shaved 7 whole minutes off my time from the previous one! What an awesome feeling that was!
Julie Ann, that's a good suggestion. I have a friend who enters these tris with me and she got kicked during the last one so she panicked and didn't finish the swim. Maybe she and I can practice swimming over each other and bumping into each other.
You should check out the resources over at the Swim Smooth blog (
http://www.swimsmooth.com/1004-7-3-9.html ). There's some really good stuff there, especially in relation to open water swimming!
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I have done several tris with different swim experiences. I'm happy to say the worst is just a few bumps and slaps. If you want some comic relief surrounding the swim, search 'clifbar triathlon training' on youtube.com. It's a hilarious quick video on "training in realistic conditions." Just remember to enjoy yourself!