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Monday, August 06, 2007

The Beginning Triathlete Swimmer (Me) and the Swim Cap

I've been taking a swimming class as part of my triathlon training. The class is full triathletes. I think I'm the only one in it who hasn't actually done a triathlon. Some of the swimmers are training for Ironman races, and several of them have probably already done some Ironman races.

At our last swim class, I realized that my swimming cap sucks. Yeah, that's right, sucks. News flash: a swim cap not only keeps your hair out of your face, it also provides a slippery surface, so you glide effortlessly through the water. My swim cap has been creating drag. It's made from lycra, I guess. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought that swim cap back in '84. No really, I bought it in '99 or something.

In my college days I took some swimming classes. The Speedo lycra cap was easier to put on than the silicone or latex caps, especially when I had long hair. But now I have short hair, and either I'm less fit now than I was then and swimming is harder, or . . . . hmmm. That must be the problem.

No really, I'm sure the cap has contributed to my sluggish pace. Just a little bit. I'll let you know if I feel faster after my next class when I wear a silicone cap.

2 comments:

Jodi said...

i want to take a swim class. not because i'm going to do a triathlon. not unless it's a triathlon of snacking, napping and reading. but because swimming is the only exercise i really like. i'd like to be a more effective swimmer, right now i'd say i'm pretty much a spazzy swimmer.

Aries327 said...

Me too. I'm a spazzy swimmer, :). I'm really good at snacking, napping, and reading, too. But lately I want to DO something. You know? Sometimes all it takes is seeing a vision of what you'd rather be, instead of what you are, to get you moving.

No really, I AM a spazzy swimmer. You SHOULD join a swim class.