Lucy made headlines at Ironman Hawaii last year when she set the fastest female swim split... racing as an age grouper! Jodie Swallow had a fantastic swim leading out the female Pro field by over a minute in 55:04 before Lucy decimated the age group field and shattered Jodie's time in a scarcely believable 52:20:
|Hawaii Ironman 2015|
After that fantastic performance Lucy turned Pro, finishing 3rd overall at Ironman Lanzarote (47:11 swim - first female) and 4th overall at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire (23:36 swim - first female).
|Lanzarote Ironman 2016|
So what does Lucy look like in the water and what can we learn from her swimming to improve our own performances? Well just for you we filmed Lucy's stroke in Mallorca and have uploaded Paul Newsome's analysis into our online coaching system The Swim Smooth Guru:
Three Key Aspects Of Lucy's Stroke
Lucy credits the strength of her swimming to the great work done by her junior coach Roy Shepherdson. Funnily enough Roy swam with Paul Newsome as a child in Bridlington and is still one of his best mates - swimming is a small world!
To get a full appreciation of Lucy's brilliance in the water you need to watch the video footage in the Guru but here's three key aspects we've pulled out:
1. Keeping The Head Low When Breathing
When breathing Lucy keeps her head as low as possible in the water, this keeps her front end down and her legs up, reducing drag. Notice the shape of the bow wave to the side of her head and how it falls away creating a trough right by her mouth to breathe from:
She's not looking to generate a huge amount of propulsion from her kick but to keep her body high with minimum effort.
3. A Perfect Open Water Arm Recovery
Lucy chooses to use a straighter arm recovery style with the arms swinging a little around the side of her body:
As you might have guessed, like most Pro triathletes and open water swimmers Lucy has the classic Swinger stroke style which is brilliantly effective for open water swimming.