Vicky and I put together a video that demonstrates the right and wrong way to sight. She is wearing the green cap. In a pool, it is easier to control sighting and breathing than it is in open water.
Obviously, there are times that you might have to adjust for a wave or another triathlete. The important parts to remember are:
- Lifting your head all the way out of the water to breath is easier for beginners but it causes your hips to drop from the surface and creates drag. It also creates an obvious hiccup in your stroke.
- Proper sighting involves “alligator eyes,” aka lifting your head only enough to get your eyes out of the water and then rolling that head lift into a smooth breath. This keeps your hips closer to the surface and eliminates a lot of drag. It also results in a faster/smoother stroke.
- The more symmetrical your stroke is, the less stress you will be putting on your shoulders, which can help prevent overuse injuries.