Friday, April 13, 2012

Gotta get my swim on.

Remember I started training for a triathlon this month?

[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??

10 comments:

Meghan said...

I love to swim! I wish "modest" suits were considered acceptable at the beach/pool parties because I would wear my Nike suit all of the time if I could:) I think you have your bases covered - good luck!

Claire {Beaktweets} said...

I'm so impressed. Swimming is the intimidating part of triathlons for me. Though now you've got me hankering to get me and my big belly into a pool!

Tina said...

wow major kudos for doing the triathlon! i could never! lol i still hold my nose when i swim! i could never learn to hold my breath when jumping in a pool and when i swim, its somehow easier to hold my breathe but i still manage to get water up my nose lol so fun!

Ash said...

man..i cringe every time i hear or see YMCA.. i used to work there.. and it ended badly..

but that's here in CA.. so i fully support your Y activities on the other coast...

Brittany said...

So I think its so cool you're training for a triathalon, I have totally been thinking about it except...I really don't swim. I mean, I don't DRWON when I swim but I really don't know any propper ways to swim. So its just a really big show of me flopping around trying to make it across the pool...I can't wait to hear how it goes. And I'll definitely keep your swimming gear in mind if/when I ever decide to tackle the triathalon.

Katie Price said...

Where's your race-cap? Trust me, it's not silly to wear one. It is so much nicer to swim without straggler hairs swarming your vision. The trick to putting one on by yourself is to put your hair in a bun & start with the front, stretch around your head & let go in the back.

Kristin Miller said...

I have a lifeguard tankini from years ago...it's as modest as I get unfortunately. GO GIRL! Swimming challenge: use only your arms. AMAZING workout. My best swimming accessory is a THIN towel which won't stay damp for hours. Also, a swim cap, because this homegirl in NYC gots LOTS of (LONG) hair!!!

Olivia.Dee said...

I wouldn't even know where to begin with swimming... but it looks like you do and are diving right in! pun intended. go girl!

Bon Bon said...

oh my goodness! you go girl! just the phrase, "training for a triathlon" alone is impressive:-) xoxo

do_it_ajen said...

Get some kind of simple sugar for longer workouts. I got a few different things like guu and jelly belly sport beans after I found out you need more than water the hard way (getting pale and shaky during a long workout). Oops!

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