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Tri Suits and Swim Suits: When you race, you should wear a somewhat tight swim suit/ tri suit to avoid dragging too much water around with you. Be sure it doesn't impair the movement of your limbs or cut off the circulation because nothings worse than swimming in a suit where you can't rotate your shoulders comfortably or a suit that leaves a painful red outline when it's not on.
Swim Suits for Women: Women can choose to wear a tri suit or a swim suit. You can find one-piece, two-piece and tri suits in many cool colors and patterns. See some samples below:
Swim Suits for Men: Men have options now too! Back in the day, men had two choices: A Speedo (small swim suit that left little to the imagination) and big loose heavy trunks (that dragged the entire ocean with them). Both made the sport of swimming less attractive to the majority of males at some point because each had their drawbacks. Now you have much better options:
Wet Suits for Men and Women: When choosing a triathlon wet suit, you should consider the temperature of the water you will be swimming in. This will help you determine whether you should buy a full length wet suit, a short wet suit or something in between. There are so many different types to choose from, but trying them on and making sure that you buy one that fits snug, but is not constricting, will be your best bet! Check these out: XTerra Velocity 0.02 Wetsuits.
So the layers look like this: Swim suit or tri-suit (one or the other -- not both) on firts; wet suit on over it. For women who need extra support, a bra can be worn under the swimsuit.
Goggles: Woman and men should wear goggles to effectively Spot and avoid crashing into other swimmers. There are many different brands out there and the best thing you can do is try on the equipment before you buy it. Goggles come in all shapes and sizes just as our faces do.
Go to your local sports store and spend some time trying on the goggles so that you have something that is comfortable and fits well. Find out what the return policy is for goggles before you buy the goggles in case you have a pair that just don't work for you. Good-fitting goggles are tight around your head, suction all the way around your eyes and should be comfortable (as comfortable as something tight and suctioned to your eye can be). If they give you a headache, they are too tight!
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Swim Caps: Swim caps come in several different materials. There are Latex, Fabric and Silicone caps on the market. The most commonly used cap is made of latex because of its effectiveness and its low cost. Latex Allergy Sufferers should go with the Silicone swim caps. Fabric Lycra Swim Caps are the most comfortable BUT they allow water to accumulate within them and will slow you down a bit. For open water practices, you should wear the brightest most obnoxious colored swim cap to differentiate yourself from the water and avoid collisions of any type. Learn how to put a swim cap on.
Old swim suits: This is an old swimmer's trick that's kind to your wallet and your workout. Use old stretched out, holey suits for practice. Put them on in layers, pray that the holes don't match up and you have a practice swim suit/drag suit. A drag suit is something that creates more resistance in the water by catching water in the holes and slowing you down. When you swim in your race, you wear a tight-fitting race suit and you will feel lighter and will go faster in the water as you are no longer carring around any extra weight!
Get Slippery: Bodyglide Advanced Technical Formula is a slippery substances that will help your wetsuit slide on easily. It also protects you from chaffing during your run and bike training and competitions. A home-grown version used by many is "Pam" cooking spray. It keeps things lube and is in your cupboard.
Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must! Put this on before the swim to avoid wasting time during the race. This one won't make your face break out either!
Good Tip: Never use new equipment in a race. Always try new equipment out during training sessions before using in a race. Old swim suits: This is an old swimmer's trick that's kind to your wallet and your workout. Use old stretched out, holey suits for practice. Put them on in layers, pray that the holes don't match up and you have a practice swim suit/drag suit. A drag suit is something that creates more resistance in the water by catching water in the holes and slowing you down. When you swim in your race, you wear a tight-fitting race suit and you will feel lighter and will go faster in the water!
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