Pull Buoy

Should I use one ?

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29/11/2012 at 11:25

bos1 - Sutto also says open water is fishes! He wont let his squad train in the OW even if its available.


B_K - Race wheels don't restrict your shoulders or make it harder to turn the pedals. When I put a wetsuit on I notice that stroke rate drops and effort per stroke increases.

Funnily, exactly the same as swimming with paddles or gloves, which is what the majority of my swimming involves too.

Its not who can swim 50m the fastest but who can swim 3.8K without slowing down and expending the least amount of effort.


But I do agree, if you can't swim in a pool, you'll not magically swim brilliantly in OW.

Edited: 29/11/2012 at 11:25
29/11/2012 at 12:06

Well I'm pleased I asked the question, some of the advive has been most helpful, so thanks for joining in.

B Kins - I wanted to find out if replicating the position would be worthwhile and get my body used to holding the wetsuit position, esp as I have experienced back ache on the bike in races. My race wheels are on my bike all of the time too.

29/11/2012 at 12:14

Yeah its a great thread and very useful to see a bunch of different opinions. Neoprene shorts were mentioned as well.. would they not be much better for replicating wetsuit position? Since you don't have to focus on keeping the buoy between your legs..

aside, i prob would keep my race wheels on the bike but i got tubs and wouldn't know what to do if i punctured

29/11/2012 at 12:20

I only have one bike and one set of wheels so its easy to keep the race wheels on all the time ! (apart from my MTB).

meface    pirate
29/11/2012 at 12:31
B_Kins wrote (see)

 Though I would have to question the logic of getting better in a pool having NO CORRELATION to getting better in open water..

That wasn't what he said.

Improving your 3.8km time in a pool maybe, but not your 25m time. Look at the sets he talks about. All big numbers (120 *100), steady pace. Aiming to get quicker at swimming 3.8km rather than quicker over 25/50m.

Many of us could be faster over 25/50m if we learnt to kick better/harder but how would that help in an IM when wearing a wetsuit we elect to rest our legs. Slightly different stroke mechanics and more power required to overcome lack of legs will tire arms quicker than they are used to if you have a strong pool based kick. Suddenly you are overworking the muscles, lactic build up and bam - pace drops or you burn too many matches too early to hit the target swim split.

Specivity of training.

I swim with a masters squad on a Saturday morning and breask, fly, back and free. I am sure I could be a marginally quicker triathlete if I focussed on crawl instead. However I would be a worse swimmer and I am happy to trade a minute or two in an IM against being a better swimmer.

Note my wesuit has grab panels in the forearms to gain greater water purchase. If I am grabbing more water with each stroke then surely I need more power than usual. Yes I will swim quicker but where does the extra power come from? I may have a lower drag coefficient due to better position and material of suit so it may even up a bit. This could explain a lower stroke count in a wetsuit a the muscles net output may be the same.

I don't know much about swimming but there does seem to be some logic in there.


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