Tri-tastic

How long to morph from mere mortal?

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05/02/2004 at 16:17
In the docks (Albert docks? Royal Victoria? - can't remember) Just by the Excel Centre. NOT the Thames, don't let anyone try and freak you out going "eugh the Thames, you'll get Weil's Disease." It's not, and you won't. It's a lovely green colour like swimming in an emerald.
05/02/2004 at 16:26
Royal Victoria dock. Apparently it's filter water and not Thames water and conforms to EU bathing standards. Last year it had a lovely layer of green algae too, which is a good source of slow release carbs.
05/02/2004 at 16:55
So don't drink it! ;-p
05/02/2004 at 17:10
Nah, suck it down it's better than Lucozade.
05/02/2004 at 17:17
Bleurgh.
How many of you swim breaststroke? Or do most do front crawl?
05/02/2004 at 17:30
Last year there was about 10 of us at the back doing breast stroke out of about 300 I think. But at the end I was about 10 minutes slower than the fastest swimmer - nothing to worry about.
05/02/2004 at 17:58
Thing to watch out for if you do b/s is that you don't kick anyone (well not too hard, anyway) - so even more important to be at the back or one side of the pack.
05/02/2004 at 20:19
Right I will defo be at the back, well I would be anyway as I a tortoise rather than a hare!

Now I just have to hit the pool for some practise - tho cycling home in the rain, hail and wind came pretty close :-D
06/02/2004 at 17:14
Get your wetsuit hire order in sooner rather than later so that you will get one the right size for you!
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
08/02/2004 at 21:34
Nic's right, this is absolutely crucial! If you wear a wetsuit that doesn't fit properly you'll really suffer. If it's too long or too big you'll get kinks in the neoprene, which can cause bad chafing. If too tight, you could suffer an anxiety attack - this is fairly common
08/02/2004 at 22:33
Ohmigod... I think I am having one just thinking about the wetsuit now!
Thanks for the warning though.
I was thinking about getting a shortie wetsuit to do some training in - I can't afford a tri one. Is there much point or should I just spend the money on hiring one for an extra week to practise? I won't know if I am in until April anyway I suppose.
Meanwhile I plan to work on swimming technique - my friend has leant me a book by David Wilkie! - and will decide whether to do breaststroke or work on my truly awful front crawl!
09/02/2004 at 09:50
Last year I started off with a full length Triathlon wetsuit and tried both breast stroke and front crawl. Front crawl I found to be easier than breast stroke in a full length one, but decided my technique just wasn't good enough without lessons and there just wasn't time for that. I got a cheap shortie from Decathlon, £12 I think, and found breast stroke much easier in it. More importantly I could enjoy swimming that way and that's the main point. But you should definitely found out what's best for sooner rather than later.
09/02/2004 at 10:05
Thanks DD... Do Decathlon have a website?
09/02/2004 at 10:22
Yes, decathlon.co.uk. I think they do mail order. Although I do have a spare I'd be happy let you have if it would fit you. I'm 5'5" and 9 stone.
09/02/2004 at 10:29
How does that translate into female sizes?!
I'm 5'4" and all I'm saying is I'm size 12 to 14!
Aren't the wetsuits different for men and women?
09/02/2004 at 10:36
I don't think they are that the sizes are different for men and women as such. I think the main difference in sizes is in torso length, ie from shoulder to grion. But I'm no expert. So I suppose the best bet is to try some different sizes on first.
09/02/2004 at 12:12
Just thought I'd pitch in - haven't been on the forunm for ages. For what it's worth, last year I was all for using a shortie wetsuit from decathlon and the water temp was easily ok for that.
HOWEVER I was lucky enough to pick up an end of season "shop soiled" (slight repair) wetsuit for £100. A little tight but well worth it - yes definately that extra bouyancy makes a big difference esp. to me as I don't swim that well and still take 37+mins over 1500m. You might not actually big quicker but it's definately easier, I couldn't do it without.
09/02/2004 at 12:12
oops I meant BE quicker........
09/02/2004 at 12:15
Also when doing bike run transition I tried doing the very last bike bit in a really high gear and pushing hard, I found it helped me to get legs ready - might not be good advice to everyone tho' you could try it!
Bye for now
jc
09/02/2004 at 14:21
Thanks jc
I have found out decathlon have women's shorties for £27 so think I will give that a go first.
But does anyone have tips on where to get cheaper tri wetsuits?
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