Getting into the pool with great technique can help you maximize speed and efficiency and reduce race times.
Diving off a block for a swimming event is the only time in any race at which velocity peaks to a point that is unattainable during the swim. Casual observers of The Pool event at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games probably noticed Jordan Troyan in the final men’s heat traveling halfway across the 25-yard pool with a combined dive and underwater streamline before taking a single stroke. The technique was fast and incredibly efficient.
One of the most effective ways to shave time in the pool—especially in a short race or in a CrossFit event that requires repeated entries—is to dedicate some effort to developing the start.
For many CrossFit athletes, a closer look at the start will provide an introduction, while experienced competitive swimmers can work to improve their racing start and gain valuable seconds.