Posted: 01/10/2013 at 23:13
For me, earplugs solved the lack of balance at swim exit. At my first Tri, took about 3 atempts to stand up and then had to hang on to barriers for the next 50 metres. My T1 time was over 5mins. I now use earplugs and all good. Did the same event last Sunday and my T1 was 1min33. Managed a sub 1min T1 earlier in the year, however, it was the only clocking that day, that i`m proud of . I don`t think the cold water would have had that affect. I reckon a combination of water in ears, extended time in prone position, sea legs, lack of OW experience. When in wavey/rough water, try to let go of the instinct to fight against the waves. Relax and go with it and it`s much easier. Concentrate on holding your form and balance.