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You can become a decent open-water swimmer by training only in the pool, but you’ll
never reach your fullest potential. How fast you can be? Find a big body of water,
jump in and then listen to everything Gerry Rodrigues has to say.
By Matt Dixon, MSc
When looking at triathlon performance, swimming is often relegated in im- portance to an afterthought, in training energy, time dedicated and its value in the
overall race. Much of this stems from the small
percentage of total time spent swimming (as
compared to biking and running) in an event,
but it is also due to the frustration many triathletes feel with what is, for the majority, the
weakest of the three disciplines.
Quickly, swimming becomes a lost hope, and
justified as something simply to get through
before getting on with real racing. Despite the
distaste that many triathletes have for the wa-
ter, if athletes are given solid direction on how
to improve their open-water swimming, and
thus develop an understanding of how it cor-
relates to overall performance, swimming sud-
denly becomes fun. Gerry Rodrigues, founder
of Tower 26 Swimming, is doing just that: mak-
ing swimming fun. In the process, he’s making
triathletes faster than they ever thought pos-
sible in the water.