Don’t fear the swim and run!

People are also really scared about the swim. 

Don’t be scared. 

You are not Rebecca Arlington or Michael Phelps. 

So if you want to swim, breaststroke, swim, breaststroke.

Swim whatever stroke that you’ll feel comfortable with.

The only stroke that you are not allowed to do in a triathlon is backstroke. 

There is a specific reason for that because putting hand up in a swim is the signal lifeguard to jump in and rescue you, or if you’re in open water and water, the rescue boat to come and drag you out. 

So we don’t want him to be doing that. 

But you can swim breaststroke, absolutely no problem. 

So don’t get yourself stressed out about, oh, I can’t do a front crawl. 

Doesn’t matter. 

The point is you get to the end and you get out and you get ready to get on your bike.

You can absolutely walk in the run. 

There are no rules to say that you have to run in a triathlon. 

My husband has a new knee, so he never runs.

The medal that you’ll get when you finish the race and you cross the finishing line is the same medal that you get if you come last or you come first.

If it makes you feel more comfortable, walking a bit, running a bit, walking a bit more, so that you’ll finish your triathlon. 

And you are a triathlete. 

That’s what it’s all about. 

My last thing is smile, because everything’s better when you smile and you look better on the photos.

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Animis Coaching Team

We're Coaches Jacqui and Oliver Saxon, the Animis Coaching Team.

We are a mom and son coaching team who have changed our lives through the sport of triathlon. We aim to break down the mysteries of triathlon training and show you, the avid traithlete, how simple and flexible it can be so triathlon training really does become part of your lifestyle and not just a hobby.