Subject: RE: indoor tri - training and kick turns?
not only will flip turns speed you up in the pool, but nice long streamlines off the wall
(underwater glides with kicks after a big push
) is faster and more efficient than coming up fast and starting stokes.
The flip turn most likely won't be the hard part, it will be getting used to holding your breath and regulating the oxygen intact so you don't get exhausted. That just takes practice. So my reco would be start with alternating between flips and open turns each length until you get used to the breathing. After a couple of weeks, you will be able to reduce the # of open turns.
However, use the wall for all it's worth regardless of flip or open turn, especially for a pool race.