Open Water Swimming

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The Evil Pixie    pirate
19/05/2013 at 14:39

6hr swim? OMG! Respect Caz!

I almost hope that weather is warm up to Outlaw so I can swim without the wettie.

BTW yesterday the back of the neck of my suit almost turned/twisted making it uncomfortable/ruby but I was unable to fix it whilst swimming. Was I just really cack handed putting my suit on?

19/05/2013 at 14:59
The Evil Pixie wrote (see)

I saw 1 chap who must have been mid-late 60s get out before I got in on Saturday in the tiniest speedos ...he'd been in 1hr  I got out after 36mins with wetsuit, 2 hats, gloves and sox and I was frozen + I have natural insulation!!

The temperature of the water currently means any man would only need teeny, tiny speedos. 


19/05/2013 at 15:04

Anybody know what the temperature os like at Outlaw venue in Nottingham at the moment or don't I want to know

Britrisky    pirate
19/05/2013 at 15:46

EP - it takes me about 20 minutes to put my wetsuit on and last time I still didn't get it right on the shoulders. Its all down to practice, I think (or maybe a bigger wetsuit???)

Am I right in thinking you can touch the bottom at Outlaw?

seren nos    pirate
19/05/2013 at 16:09

EP.........take you time with the wetsuit.and lots of bodyglide and i use loads of asdas own Ky jelly.......bit embarressing when you buy a pile in asdas in one go

The Evil Pixie    pirate
19/05/2013 at 20:43

yeah I take at least 10-15mins as it is!! I have previously done the neck too tight I think which in hindsight may have helped with the breathing panic attack issues I had last race.

Getting the damn thing off is also an issue! It sticks like glue to my biceps! Fat arms I think rather than muscles ... how much helping off with your wetsuit do they give you?

Blisters    pirate
19/05/2013 at 23:25

Seren, do you buy the strawberry flavoured version?

Oh yes, I remember. I accidentally discovered a tip for putting on the wetsuit. Forget the plastic bag on the feet. Use ordinary sport socks. They are just the right size!

21/05/2013 at 13:32
Southern Snail wrote (see)

In the Blue - Did you get to Thorpe? Looked out for you but didnt see any pirates! Water wasn't too bad. Damn cold when you got out though

The person I was going with forgot his wetsuit so we ended up in a pool instead.  But I am there tonight with one new OW person and one with only one session.

21/05/2013 at 17:39

I'm off to the river again tonight.  With the air temperature so much warmer I'm hoping I can stay in a bit longer than an hour

21/05/2013 at 20:43

That was a lovely swim, 12 degrees in the lake and a dubious 400m loop which when measured with a garmin seems to be 500m.  Wish they had the 1500m loop open though.

21/05/2013 at 22:10

About 2 miles done in about 1 hr 15 min including faffage time.  Water temperature was 14 degrees.  I would have liked to have stayed in for longer but it was beginning to get dark

22/05/2013 at 22:20

EP are you heading to Market Bosworth tomorrow eve? My plan is to head there for 6.30 ish with husband and sis. Hopefully it will go to plan and we actually get there!

Blisters    pirate
24/05/2013 at 18:19

What's tomorrow's plan?

25/05/2013 at 08:56

Market Bosworth 9 degrees this morning! We wimped out and are  headed off to the coast... think the sea will be warmer. Doesnt bode well for the tri next weekend though!

25/05/2013 at 12:27

Erm, Ellie, the sea generally takes longer to warm up than inland waters, so good luck with that.

I'm off to the Nene again in a bit.  Another opportunity to embarass the locals by stripping off in a pub car park

Blisters    pirate
25/05/2013 at 22:33

Yay Caz!

Ellie, a wise choice.

I stripped at 7 degrees lakeside and did 2250m but emerged in a state of hypothermia. the lake was apparently 14. I'm going to need a flask of coffee in T1 in order to survive. Seriously. Really, I'm not joking. After I survived, we did a 20 mile bike ride (I wore 3 layers) and eventually got to a decent enough mean temperature.

J.C. We're picking strawberries. Why is the lake so freaking icy?

The Evil Pixie    pirate
27/05/2013 at 17:30

Ellie I also wimped out! I parked just outside the gate walked in and watched them read the temperature then walked back to the car and drove to the chlorine in Ashby.

Less nice but I got a swim in without turning blue

Will try again Thursday!

Now my next Q ... the weather man says it's staying below average for the next 2-3 months which mean Outlaw could be cold. This means I have to get used to this. I need to do 4-5 laps of the Bosworth lake for IM distance and the most I have managed is 2 very slow laps with continual breathing issues. Suggestions please!

27/05/2013 at 19:21

Just keep getting in there.  If you can manage a minimum of one OW swim a week, or preferably two then you will quickly get used to swimming in colder temperatures.  The first 10 min of a swim is the worst bit and then you start to no notice the cold anymore.

I did a 6 hour swim yesterday.  I was very cold for the first lap (about 15 min) then I warmed up and didn't really feel the cold again until I got to about 3 hours, after which I noticed the cold, but... and this is the important bit - I didn't get any colder!

The worst thing you can do is not swim regularly as you will lose any acclimitisation that you have built up

27/05/2013 at 20:43

I also wimped out, tried to do the 3.8K race at lake 20, managed 1500 then had to bail as I was starting to shut down body functions such as thinking and breathing, The upside is I was so angry with my crap swimming I had a cracking session in the lido this morning. 3.5K in the Jubilee swim next weekend so hoping for a heatwave.

28/05/2013 at 11:59

Heading to Thorpe tonight having convinced 3 people that they were going to get wet anyway so a bit of rain shouldn't stop them

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