Picking a start position at the beginning of a triathlon or open water race is very important since the swimmer does not want to get boxed into a pack and not be able to break free. If swimmers find themselves in the middle of a pack and want to be in the front or side of the pack, you must be somewhat aggressive to get there. Making your way to the side of a pack will take the least amount of energy while still holding your race position.
It is a lot easier to swim with one swimmer on your side then being boxed in the pack. If a swimmer is in the middle of a pack, there will be a lot of needless energy exerted because you will be hit and jostled on both sides by other competitors.
For more information on race positioning please contact Charlie Fry at email@example.com. If you are interested in The Houstonian Club Triathlon team please contact Karen Klucznik at firstname.lastname@example.org.