With the closure of swimming pools in Australia for the past 4-5 weeks, we have seen a resurgence of Open Water Swimming especially here on the Sunshine Coast.
For the ones that have swam at Mooloolaba Beach, it resembles more the Bruce Highway at Peak Traffic Times, than a beach. All in the name to keep the feel for the water.
Head Coach of the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy, Toby Coote, points out a few tips to remain safe and continue to keep working on the swim component.
Just as there are different water conditions, the sun during early morning to the afternoon can vary as well. , There is a goggle choice to suit the different conditions. Vorgee have a great range of goggles to suit. I use the Missile Range. I find I can pull them straight out of the case put on my face and swim. Perfect for me.
Presently in the morning just after the sun comes up, it is still very dull, I find the clear / smoke lens the best during this time. Earlier morning when the sun is a little brighter the Mirrored lens I find the most suitable and if I end up swimming during the day, the the eclipse are perfect for cutting the glare right out. So there are plenty of choices in the missile Range. I suggest trialing a few pairs out to see what best suits your needs and the conditions you are swimming in.
We are fortunate to have had some nice water temperatures at present, but with winter approaching (and if you don't live in Queensland) you may already be in wetsuits. We will be during off our Zone 3 wetsuits very shortly. What to look for in a wetsuit?
I have used the Zone 3 Vanquished and love the flexibility in and around the shoulders. It feels like you aren't wearing a wetsuit. Once again it is a personal choice so check out the Zone 3 Range at Titan Performance Group.
Presently, Toby has been doing some 1:1 Open Water swimming and implementing a lot of the top 5 points and has seen some dramatic changes with the way they have improved thru those sessions.