3.28.2013

Swim at GSL and On Hill Events Clinic

Things got a little chaotic at work yesterday and I'm just getting around to posting about Tuesday...

Goody let everyone know that he was going out to GSL for a swim and that there would be a reporter there to do a story on him.  Sue, Gords and I went out to support him.

Goody, Gordon and I at the end of the marina. Photo by Sue.

The water temp measured about 52 degrees.  I haven't been to GSL since the New Year's Swim and it felt cold getting in.  Goody stayed on shore getting his picture taken while the rest of us swam out.  Since I hadn't been in for a while, I was just taking it easy and not going for distance.  I swam head up breaststroke out to the end of the marina and back.  As I was getting close to the ramp, Goody was just starting his swim.  I swam out to the end of the marina and back with him.  It was a total of 800 yards and about 20-25 minutes.  I felt great in the water but, as usual, got the shakes a few minutes after getting out.

It sounds like the University of Utah is going to do a nice story on Goody and he may possibly end up on a billboard!  They found the right guy to write a story on.  He has been an inspiration to a lot of us.

After taking a quick shower at the marina, I left for Bountiful.  Gordon had been asked by Joe Coles at On Hill Events to talk about open water swimming at a triathlon clinic.  Gordon asked me to help with part of the presentation and I was more than happy to tag along.

There was a group of about 20-25 people at the Top Gear Bike Shop on Main Street.  There were presenters on running and cycling and then Gordon and I got up to talk about open water.  I think it went pretty well.  Gordon talked about training, swimming with Masters, and places to swim and I talked about equipment, sighting and turns.  I love doing clinics and helping new open water swimmers and triathletes!

3.18.2013

Gear Review: Speedo Biofuse Finger Paddles and Speedo Air Seal Tri Goggles

I recently got some new swim goodies from the good folks at AquaGear.  They were kind enough to send me a pair of paddles and a pair of goggles to test out.


Speedo Biofuse Finger Paddles


 


I was excited to try the Speedo Biofuse Finger Paddles, because I know Gordon uses finger paddles in some of his workouts.  I tried them on briefly while on vacation at an outdoor pool in St. George.  There wasn't enough room to do much swimming, but the paddles were comfortable to wear (my kids also had fun playing with them).

I have since used them as part of my regular workouts.  They feel much different that regular hand paddles because they only cover your fingers instead of your whole hand.  Finger paddles are meant to help work on technique (especially the catch).  As you begin your catch, your fingers should point down toward the bottom of the pool.  I found that I was much more aware of my catch while wearing these paddles.  The straps are very comfortable and they are a good piece of equipment to have in your bag for when you want to mix things up and focus on technique.

AquaGear has the Biofuse paddles on their website for $15.95.

Speedo Air Seal Tri Goggles


I requested the Speedo Air Seal Tri Goggles after seeing them reviewed in SWIMMER Magazine. The lenses are kind of strange looking, which is part of reason that I wanted to try them out.

I pulled them on while in St. George and was really impressed at the clarity of the lenses and the field of vision.  The gaskets are filled with air (hence the name "Air Seal") and are very comfortable.  I let my wife try them out and she loved them.  I didn't see the goggles again until we left the pool.

I also tried the Air Seals during a pool workout.  The goggles are designed for open water and triathlon and are not the best goggles to use if you do most of your swimming in the pool.  Because of the their high profile and large lenses, you may find them pulling off or filling with water when you push off the wall.  In open water however, these goggles would be awesome.  They have a huge field of vision and are very comfortable to wear.  My test pair had mirrored lenses, which will be great for sunny days.
 

My only complaint (and one that is shared by others who have tried these goggles) is that the straps are very slick when wet and can pull out of the strap adjuster (which has roller pins in it).  I am planning to replace the strap adjuster on my pair with one from another pair of goggles.

AquaGear has the Air Seal Tri Goggles on their website for $19.95, which is a reasonable price for open water goggles.  They come in Ice / Smoke or Black / Mirror.