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SharynLS Amateur 22 posts since
Feb 7, 2010
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Apr 9, 2010 8:26 AM

Importance of upper body workouts..?

The Sprint Tri I am doing in two months is a reverse Tri,  with the swimming being the last event.


I am a decent swimmer and am comfortable with swimming in the Gulf.  For my training, I have been just running, biking and swimming and every once in a while I do a Wii Active workout.


A friend of mine who is an experienced, competitive swimmer said that since I am swimming after running and biking, my legs will be dead tired and I will need to use a lot of arm power to get through the swim.  Is that fairly correct info?


Should I add upper body workouts into my training?

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  • dkhartung Pro 98 posts since
    Aug 2, 2007
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    1. Apr 9, 2010 8:39 AM (in response to SharynLS)
    Re: Importance of upper body workouts..?

    I think the bigger risk you face in a reverse tri is your legs cramping up on the swim.

    I don't think there's really much of a need to changfe your program...


    In a regular tri, must people will try to swim smoothly and efficiently with a fairly light kick to save their legs for the bike and run.

    In a reverse, probably best to try and swim smoothly and efficiently with a fairly light kick because the legs are tired.


    Either way, the swim is about efficiency.

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