Open-Water Swimming Made Easy from 220 Triathlon

Open-Water Swimming Made Easy from 220 Triathlon

Whether you’re a recreational swimmer, first-time triathlete or experienced Ironman athlete, you’ll swim better than ever thanks to Open-Water Swimming Made Easy Inside you will find: • Essential tips to master your openwater technique • Buyer’s advice, covering wetsuits, tri-suits, open-water goggles and much more • Underwater pictorial guide to improve your front-crawl • Swim faster and longer with our eight-week plan • Pool sessions and drills to swim stronger outdoors

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
US$ 11,13

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14 minutos
gear focus: wetsuits

During triathlon’s formative years, if the water was cold you had a choice between dealing with it or wearing something highly impractical like a surf wetsuit. That all changed when French brand Aquaman developed the first triathlon wetsuit built with thinner neoprene synthetic rubber. Because it was designed for flexibility and buoyancy, it also meant faster swimmer splits. The idea really took off when Dan Empfield founded Quintana Roo in America, and spent the summer of 1987 selling his new tri-specific wetsuit creation from the back of a van. Over the years the build quality of tri wetsuits has improved as demand has increased, with quick-releasing zippers appearing at the back and improvements to the inner linings being made to aid faster T1 removal. Neoprene also witnessed huge improvements in quality,…

9 minutos
gear focus: goggles

“Many triathletes favour a larger, mask-style goggle for racing as it feels more protective” Open-water goggles differ from pool goggles in two key ways. They’re usually bigger to allow for a wider range of visibility and, whereas pool goggles only need to reduce the glare of fluorescent pool lights, open-water goggles must come in a wide range of tints to allow for different weather and water conditions. As with all triathlon kit, the first thing to consider is fit. Get this wrong and your goggles will leak and impede visibility, costing you time as well as being an annoyance. Many triathletes favour a larger, mask-style goggle as it feels more protective. However, there’s a downside–the bigger they are, the more chance of them being knocked off in the melée. What’s also important…

1 minutos
open-water goggle tech

LENSES Your lenses are arguably the most important part of the goggle, so think about what you need in relation to the type of swimming you’ll be doing. Different lens shapes allow for different types of visibility, while different colours suit different lighting conditions. Also consider finding a pair with an anti-fog coating. GASKET The gaskets are the soft pieces of rubber that sit around the lenses and make contact with your face. They should be comfortable and create a good seal to prevent annoying water ingress. A good tip if you can try before you buy is to try attaching them without the strap–if they stay suckered to your face, chances are the design suits your face shape! STRAP The goggle strap should offer good security, so look for a wider strap or a…

6 minutos
swimsuits & jammers

Correct swimwear will see you through hundreds of pool hours and, given the right fit and technical fabric, can help you shave seconds off your PB. Plus it’s all you’ll be wearing in the pool, so it’s nice to have one that makes you look good, too. So what to look for among the thousands of choices on the market? For men, we’ve focussed on jammers (over the page). You’re looking for a style that fits snugly without being eye-wateringly tight, with a waistband that’s tight enough to hold them securely in place. For women, your swimsuit needs to be long enough in the body to allow you to fully stretch out, and the straps need to be comfortable and not hamper your stroke. Female triathletes with a larger bust size may…

6 minutos
gear focus: tri-suits

“Experts have realised that a tri-suit is where you enjoy the most aero gains” They’re not as flash as deep-rim wheels. They lack the carbon slickness of aerobars. They won’t upload your splits to Strava and guide you home via GPS. And yet, aside arguably from the bike, the triathlon suit for us (and many more) is the most crucial multisport purchase you’ll make. A good one will be your racing partner from that pre-event warm-up until you tilt your head for the finish line medal. Among myriad benefits, they’ll provide hydrodynamics and flexibility on the swim; aerodynamics, storage options and comfort on the bike; and core support, cooling and restriction-free running on the final leg. A sub-par and poorly-chosen Lycra creation, however, can cause you discomfort, drag and rigidity when…

11 minutos
tri-suit options

“Think about whether you’ll need added aerodynamic or hydrodynamic benefits” Tri-suit tech MATERIALS Tri-suits are usually an elastane/Lycra and polyester mix. Breathability, aero and hydrodynamics, fit, comfort and UV protection are all design considerations. A hydrophobic coating that beads water can also all be found on some suits. VENTILATION A series of vents beneath the arms, occasionally the hips and mostly on the back purport to provide ventilation for athletes throughout the bike and run legs. The downside of some vents are a lack of UV protection, so ensure you apply sun lotion to help combat this. ZIPPER Suits offer front and back zips, full length or shorter versions. Think about whether you’ll need added aero or hydro benefits that come with a rear zip, or the comfort provided by a front zip. Two-piece The two-piece tri-suit, made famous…