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 .
Originally posted 2011-02-06 09:08:50.
- Tri-Lingo 101 — Part 1: Common Triathlon Swim Terms - September 4, 2019
- Tri-Lingo 101 — Part 5: Common Triathlon Race Terms - March 16, 2011
- Tri-Lingo 101 — Part 2: Common Triathlon Bike Terms - February 13, 2011