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Saffers - I've ordered a Shock Absorber bikini (little shorts and a supportive bra top). Might be useful for under a tri suit.
Mister W - this is a supportive thread, so you need to show willing and get in there.
Saffers wrote (see)
Schmunks.....serious question.....is a bra needed?
Being of the larger boobed variety. I did wear a sports bra under my tri suit under my wetsuit. This was more to get them strapped down enough to be able to zip up the wetsuit. Also, I reckoned that if it was a tri, I would be wearing a sports bra so I should get used to swimming in all the clobber
Thank you ladies......I did opt for the bra.....just incase. I had forgotten how tight and constricting those wetsuits are.
I am back and without hypothermia!! It was bliddy cold......brrrrrrrrr!!!!!! Although, it didn't affect my breathing which was one of my concerns. On my first lap, I stopped at the end of the lake for a breather and felt rather dizzy. Continued though and once I was swimming it was fine. Sighting is hard......lose all flow in the swimming but I am sure this will come with practise. I think the technique went out the window at times, I was just happy to get around the lake a couple of laps.
It was busy though this evening as there were three different tri clubs.......all very sociable and chatty.
A few of the girls were running straight afterwards in there trisuits, they looked frozen. Silly youngsters.
The Coach did say he was surprised to see me there as I make such a fuss of going to the endurance session in the 50m pool! I think it's the thought of drills in the 50m pool that scare me more than swimming in OW.
Well done Saffers for both the ride and swim.
I'm jealous your tri club has bike rides for numpties. There's nothing in my club and I know I could do with some help.I have asked the coach if there was anything in the pipeine but haven't had a response yet. I have been investigating some local bike clubs instead to see what's about.
Well done Saffers. You are well on the way to IM! Sounds like you have a really good tri club.
LN look at prime coaching for cycling.
Edit - forgot to add, they are starting a new friday evening session for newbies who are not quite good enough for the main Thursday evening speed night. They are very good - I go to the Friday afernoon session but they say the evening session will be better for me.
Thanks Soup. I will keep it in mind but am hoping to keep Friday as my rest day. I was just coming back here to say I think I've found a cycling club. South of river, yet again but hey ho.. I'm not going there till May anyhow. One thing at a time. I'm back to debating whether the swim sessions of the tri club are worthwhile. I need to find a way to swim more during the speed section of the session. Not going into all the details again. I'm even annoying myself with this.
Wolf -after being told in the tri club to bend my arm more on the catch, my shoulders and arms felt quite sore and not in a good way. Do you have any tips on what the catch arm should be doing or is it all about getting the rotation right first? From looking at some clips of Ian Thorpe et all, it seems their shoulder is higher than their elbow which is higher their wrist but the arm doesn't look that bent..... I am confused.
According to our trainer once your hand enters the water it should be immediately pointed downwards so that you can feel the water resistance all the way up your forearm - your "paddle" should be the entire forearm from hand to elbow. Your elbow will not be higher than your shoulder until the recovery, when your arm is coming up out of the water. And don't cross your hand in front of your centre line. I tend to dig too deep so probably not the best person to advise on technique!
Another little thing - latest tip from our trainer - there should be a gap between thumb and the rest of your fingers as you pull back, this creates a tiny "whirlpool" effect which helps push the water back out of your way. Basically what you are doing is trying to push as much water out of the way as possible to create a gap for your body to slip through.
Thanks Wolf, and also for the latest tip too which was really good to know. I have a feeling that I'm not digging deep enough but I think that's due to my rotation, not my arm.
Had a 40 min swim in the public pool this morning. Only 2 lanes as I got there so early so had to go in fast and do sprints. I really wanted to work on the catch but just had to do it in a more speedy way than I wanted. Wasn't feeling it as well as with coaching session earlier in the week but I couldn't really keep a note of strokes and just had to keep going.
My coach said that as you draw your arm towards the centre of your body in the catch, there should naturally be a gentle letter 'S' type wiggle. I was definitely getting this in the session with him but not so much today.
Had an OK swim though.
Thanks for the tips UI. Noted for next swim.
Well done Parklife. A kill's a kill