Inexpensive Swim Speed for Triathletes

LEG LUBE: Want to buy some speed?  How much can you get for about $14?  The answer: more than you might think.

Consider new goggles. Your swim split is determined by two major factors–speed and trajectory. If you’re a fast swimmer who doesn’t navigate well in open water, you may come into T1 behind slower swimmers who are good navigators. Speed is the result of countless hours of practice–perfecting technique and building endurance in the water. Trajectory is also the result of practice, but you can give yourself the best chance of navigating the shortest route around the course if you can see clearly. If your goggles are more than a couple of months old, the anti-fog coating is probably gone, the lenses are probably scratched, and the gaskets and straps are probably compromised from the chlorine. It’s not to say they’re unusable, it’s just that they aren’t in prime condition. On race morning, you’ll want to be sure you have the right equipment. In open water, having a perfect view through your goggles is much more important than in the pool. When you navigate, you only get a short window of time to peek forward. If everything looks blurry because your goggles are fogged or scratched, you’ll be slower.

Read the rest of Coach Dave Sheanin’s article at D3Multisport’s webpage:

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