How to start
Your deep water start position in the water:
If you are going to use a watch to time your triathlon then the time to start the watch is when the starter says 30 sec to go. Start your watch and see that it has started and then go back to your start position. If you leave it until the horn it is almost certain not to start and will impair your start and probably the start of the swimmers around you! How many of us have experienced this?
The first 50 m of the race are very important. If you want to be competitive then you will have started towards the front of the pack or even at the very front. The first 50 m need to strong and powerful. But if you become anaerobic in the first 50 m it will take you 60s to recover from this effort. So learning what your starting effort should be and practising it is important.
Where to start
When to start
If you are an anxious open water swimmer it is perfectly fine to wait for say 15 s after the horn has gone before starting to completely avoid the melee!