Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Recent reports say the water temp at Lucky's Lake and Lake Mary Jane (where the Wildman Tri swim will be held) are both in the high 50's!

And the above pic is NOT how triathletes usually swim in cold water (it's actually a swimmer competing in a cold water championship where wetsuits were not allowed).

Below are tips from 8 Ways to Handle Swimming in Cold Water (click on the link to read the full article). The first five aid in retaining heat and the last 3 help to reduce the shock on your system.

1. Wear two caps.
2. Wear a neoprene cap. (under your race cap)
3. Neoprene socks are a good idea. (may not be allowed or desired during a race, though)
4. Wear a wetsuit (see blog post dated 2/27 below).
5. Put in earplugs.
6. Practice swimming in cold water in the weeks before your race.
7. Do a significant warm-up the morning of your race. (10-15 min)
8. Blow bubbles before taking off on your swim.

Remember that triathletes in other parts of the country often swim in 50-60 deg water at their races and it's just part of the challenge. As with most things, being prepared and practicing will go a long ways. Tips #6 and #7 are actually useful for anyone who has open water swimming anxiety, cold water or not.

Happy swimming!


Coach Jacklynn said...

These tips are great Shirly! Thank you!

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