Triathletes who grew up swimming have no problem doing tumble-turns all day long, but newer swimmers often opt for the less-intimidating wall turn. How necessary is it for triathletes to take the time to become an efficient tumble-turner? We asked Earl Walton, head coach of Tailwind Endurance in New York City, to debate the topic with our resident swim expert, Sara McLarty.
As a new swimmer, I was not in any big hurry to learn how to flip-turn in the pool. In fact, even in a 25 yard pool, I needed that momentary break between laps–both physically and mentally. But after a year of training, I’m finally starting to feel like I’ve got the breathing under control and ready to add a bit more continuity to my intervals.
So, as Earl Walton suggests, I’m going to try to add the flip-turn to my training this winter. Can I learn to do it in four weeks? That’s a topic for another debate.