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Aug 11, 2003 1:04 PM
I started doing sprint tri-s this Summer to be with my daughter as she cross trains for skiing. Swimming is hard for me even with lessons. I am wearing a cold weather heavy (thick) wetsuit from kayak to help with my floatation. I simply tire very soon while swimming. Are the tri wetsuits that are sleek and thin less tiring on a swimmer while providing some floatation?? Jusy curious. I can run and bike fairly well and will continue to take swim lessons so eventually I can compete in warm water in shorts. Thanks again. Bob
yes, tri suits much betteruksrfr
Aug 11, 2003 1:39 PM
They are thin in the ars/shoulders and thick in the body/legs giving you all the float you need with much more flexibility. I use one with no arms for even more movement.
ditto that, but beware...myette10
Aug 11, 2003 5:15 PM
Tri suits are great for swimming and if possible, go sleeveless. One thing to keep in mind, don't use your tri suit for anything but swimming as it will tear apart like a paper mache french maid's outfit.
Ditch the wetsuit. . .js5280
Aug 11, 2003 3:41 PM
It's most likely holding you back and keeping you from good form at this stage. A tri suit might be an improvement over the kayak suit, but you need to develop good form first and foremost. Stick to the pool if you can, it's much easier and relaxing to learn there than the open water.

Keep taking lessons to help you develop good form, but you certainly don't need to have a lesson every time you go swimming. Do drill work every time you swim, even more when learning. Good form is everything for the swim. We ALL started out doing just a length, stopping, and catching our breath for probably the first handful or so times we practiced. Add consecutive laps when you can, or just reduce the amount of time between stopping and restarting. Don't worry about flip turns at this point, use the turn around to get an extra breath and a good push off (which promotes good hydrodynamic form and controlled breathing). Practice being comfortable face down in the water. In the begining, your heart beats a mile a minute. Just focus on relaxing, panic/nervousness just wastes oxygen. Once your technique and efficency improves, you'll know that next breath is there for you when you need it. Add the wetsuit and practice a few times in open water to get ready for the tri. Practice sighting using buoys or tall objects in the background and adjusting to the feel of a wetsuit. It will be different. Stick with it, you'll get there. It's something we ALL went through. That's great you're participating with your daughter! Have fun with it and give her hard time when you're first out of the water ;-)
Ditch the wetsuit. . .bigborebob
Aug 12, 2003 2:29 AM
Thanks for all the help. Will keep training and doing sprints. Thanks again
Aug 12, 2003 11:49 AM
I would recommend trying to get comfy in the water and improving your form rather than sprinting to increase speed.

Some easy suggestions would be
-count your strokes for a length of the pool, try and decrease that number as you improve
-work with a kick board, and although triathletes at higher levels will talk about not kicking much to save their legs and energy for the bike/run, proper kick is essential for body positioning and stability.

I have lots of drills that you could do if you are interested, or I am sure you could ask whomever is giving you lessons for some things to work on on your own

re: wetsuit/swimmingTri_Rich
Aug 13, 2003 10:41 AM
If it's more than 5mm thick it is illegal I believe.