More Effort or Smarter Choices? You can't get around it; the idea of swimming faster is undeniably sexy. And triathletes-most of them new to swimming--are constantly confronted by blogs, articles, and exhortations expressing urgency about swimming faster. For many people the primary effect is to increase existing insecurity about swimming and how to train for it. While you probably have little familiarity with swimming for speed or time, those urging you to swim faster seem to be in the know. And, often, your efforts to follow their advice don't seem very encouraging.