[Last week's training]
Before I started training, I knew I would need quite a few items. I didn't have a bike or a "modest" swimsuit I felt comfortable donning at the YMCA. When I finally got a swimsuit, I spent my first time swimming at the Y in Athens with my sisters. I quickly realized I need a bit more swim gear!
Step 1: Don't get kicked out of the YMCA. Swimsuits are one of those things that you really want to try on before buying. I opted to check out the Nike Outlet, which had nothing. Then I headed over to Dick's Sporting Goods. Thank goodness I did try on; these bad boys like to run small. I ended up with this Reebok suit. I didn't want to spend too much on it since it's probably just my practice suit. I'll likely look into more specialized triathlon gear closer to the race.
Step 2: Be able to see the wall of the lane before you hit it. Goggles must happen. I ended up with the Speedo Vanquisher goggles. What a surprise that they are considered "competition" goggles! Boo ya! This race is WON!
Step 3: No water up the nose. It's no secret I'm no great swimmer. I might still have to hold my nose. Why? Who knows...I even took swim lessons as a kid. I suppose I never mastered that art. I figured my best bet is a nose plug. Since lap swimming isn't full under-water, this may just give me one less thing to think about while pounding out the laps. This TYR Ergo swim clip should do the trick!
Bike supplies are next on the list, and I'm still working on collecting all that gear!
Did I leave out any athletic swimming necessities??