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2009-04-02 11:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Cold water swim advice needed?
My first sprint tri was in water at about 62 degrees. I didn't have a wetsuit and I was fine. I doubled up the swim caps but, other than tri shorts and a tri top, that was it. Do something active before you first get in to build a little internal warmth. Definitely get in for a "warm up" swim to get over the initial shock. My tri swim had a run start from the beach. After the "warm up" swim, I did a few short sprints and jumping jacks on the beach to stay warm while waiting for the start. Once the race started, I didn't even notice the water temperature.

I grew up swimming in Canadian lakes and rivers though so YMMV.


2009-04-02 8:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Cold water swim advice needed?
The silicon caps can be really tight when doubled up let alone tripled. My fav is a single silicon cap pulled low over my ears with a strap bubble cap over it. Warm and watertight and comfortable and the bubble caps are cheap and come in a zillion colors.

For some other cap ideas for cold water open water swims see

http://www.geocities.com/lapswimr/coldwatercaps.html

Edited by peggyswims 2009-04-02 8:53 PM
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