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.