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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Observation Of High Stepping, Dolphining In The Open Water

We often read and watch triathlon coaches and elite athletes teach high-stepping and dolphining to their triathlete colleagues, friends and teammates.

While we understand how the elite professionals and aggressive amateur triathletes (and open water swimmers) have the desire and need to high-step and dolphin both in and out of the water, we often observe how few triathletes and open water swimmers actually do high-stepping and dolphining in competition.

In particular, we see a lot less high-stepping and dolphining at the end of a triathlon swim leg and open water swim finish than is performed at the start of the race. We wonder why?

Are people nervous high-stepping and dolphining in and out of the water? Is it difficult aerobically? Do triathletes and swimmer practice these techniques? Are conditions too crowded to do so safely? Is it frankly even necessary for the newbie or average triathlete or swimmer? We suspect these are all reasons why most non-elite, non-professional triathletes and open water swimmers high-step and dolphin in and out of the water.

Just an observation.

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