I love this classic triathlon swim start picture. The lens flare from the sun makes me squint in the same way that my eyes squint across the water to mark the first buoy. The cold water or the miles ahead don’t matter because every swim start brings a rush of adrenaline and excitement. This picture was taken at the Pumpkin 2012 Triathlon at Lake Mead Las Vegas and provide by Zazoosh.
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I don’t consider myself a great ocean swimmer, and therefore I look forward to any opportunity to practice. Our week long summer vacation in Carlsbad California presented such an opportunity and I learned a few safety tips worth mentioning.Continue Reading...
Some days just don’t go your way. Triathletes require a lot of equipment and that means it occasionally gets broken or lost.
Today I dropped my Garmin 310XT in the ocean surf and never saw it again. Whoops and #@!!%.
In order to get better GPS readings while open water swimming I typically put my Garmin monitor under my swim cap and secure it with my goggle strap. After my beautiful 1 mile ocean swim this afternoon I came out of the surf a little dizzy from the waves and unthinkingly yanked my swim cap from my head. Bye bye Garmin.
Ironically, Garmin has a software update for the 310XT so that the GPS tracks open water swim distance during wrist placement. This feature is built into the new 910XT.
If you decide to wear the Garmin monitor in your swim cap I would suggest securing it to you wetsuit or goggles via some type of string or lanyard.Continue Reading...
On June 21st, 2010 USA Triathlon adopted a new regulation concerning allowable thickness for wetsuits. “Effective January 1, 2013 any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than five millimeters shall be disqualified.”
USA Triathlon (USAT) is the governing body for triathlons in the U.S. and most of the advertised triathlon races are USAT sanctioned events.
I think this rule will be a non-issue for most people that have purchased a wetsuit in the last couple of years. I bought an new Xterra Vortex 3 Wetsuit in February 2010 and the thickness of that suit is between 3-5mm. This new rule also falls in line with the guidelines already in place by the International Triathlon Union (ITU). If you have a wetsuit that is too thick, the new rule does not go into effect till 2013 giving you plenty of time to purchase a new one.
Read the full article at usatriathlon.org