As an indoor cycling instructor, you’re going to find a large percentage of your students dabble in triathlon, or engage in it as a serious sport. Either way, you don’t want to be embarrassed by using the wrong triathlon-related words or terms in your class when talking to them about triathlon (including the ever-popular pronunciation of triathlon as “triath-a-lon”).
So to help you look better and converse intelligently and confidently with your indoor cycling students who are triathletes, this is Part 1 of a five part series called “Tri-Lingo 101” that will teach you how to use the correct triathlon terms. In this article, you’ll learn common triathlon swim terms. Without further ado, let’s dive in!
Beach start: Starting from the beach and running into the water to begin a triathlon.
Buoy: The floating markers used on a triathlon course to indicated course layout, distance and turns.
Deck: The hard surface around the pool.
Draft: To swim directly behind or beside the swimmer in front of you, which makes it easier to swim.
Floating start: Starting from the water without the feet touching to begin a triathlon.
Freestyle: The common front stroke style swimming usually used in triathlon.
Kickboard : A floating piece of styrofoam used to for kicking drills.
Lane : A sectioned area of the pool for lap swimming. Typically, a pool is divided into 3 or more lanes.
Lane Lines : The floating markers which that separate the lanes.
Lap: From one end of the pool to the other and back.
Length: From one end of the pool to the other. A “half” lap.
Flags : Small triangular pennants hung over the pool to indicate that the end of the lane is near.
Master’s: A swim class, group or club for adult swimmers.
Open Water: Outdoors swimming in a lake, river or ocean.
Pull Buoy : A floating piece of Styrofoam that goes between the legs so that a swimmer doesn’t need to kick.
Transition: Transitioning from the water to the bike portion of a triathlon.
Wall : Vertical part of the pool that is typically touched between lengths.
Wetsuit legal: A triathlon in which the water is cold enough to allow a wetsuit.
Ben is a fitness business coach, triathlon author, and sports nutritionist. If you want more videos, aricles and audios about swimming and other triathlon related topics, visit Ben’s free blog and podcast at http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com . Also be sure to check out Ben’s endurance sports website Endurance Planet, at http://www.enduranceplanet.com and his Rock Star Triathlete Academy, at http://www.rockstartriathlete.com . Finally, if you want to learn how to grow your fitness business and make more money, visit Ben’s fitness business advice website at http://www.trainfortopdollar.com .
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