The advantages of wearing a trisuit are hard to ignore. They can make for a fast transition, the fit makes you aerodynamic, the extra cloth may prevent jelly stings, the suit is a good sponsor's advert, and as a team uniform it's a must have.
But still I don't have a trisuit and here are the trivial reasons why
1. The look: while trisuits look good even awesome on most triathletes I just don't think that it will translate to my physique 'coz I'm so thin my daughter calls me a stickman when riding my bike. 2. I like to swim without a top. It's just me and the 3 percent who swim with our good old speedo trunks.. 3. I am not vying for a podium so transition time is not that important to me. 4. I don't have a club or sponsor. Yes, the banners you see here aren't paying me. I just use them. 5. I haven't been stung by a jellyfish... yet. 6. I love my muscle shirt :-)
My advice: buy a trisuit, it's nice to have, it's just not my thing yet.
My daughter's teammate represented our country in the Oman 10k. She was the girl wearing a green cap.
1. Total body coordination - swimming is not just about how well you kick or how good your arm-stroke or how you breath with ease. It is a total body workout that needs harmony. You may have a correct arm-stroke but still be a lousy swimmer. I think the roll over drill popularized by Alexander Popov can help you feel the water and with the help of a videocam, you can correct your stroke.
2. Make your butt float - do not sink your butt it will cause a lot of drag. Focus on this and it will be easier to tackle long distance swimming.
3. Front sighting - navigation is important in open water swimming, practice front sighting just in case you have to do this on race day to look at the turn around buoy.
4. Long strokes - do not be lazy on going for the full length of your stroke, start with a long catch and finish it. When muscles fatigue sometimes you sacrifice long full stroke with short and fast, avoid this during training.
5. Roll over drill - did I just repeat myself? Remember: harmony.
April 3, 2012 - Lucena City, Quezon to Catanauan, Quezon Bike Ride
My friend Pot invited me on his annual 'penitence ride' a term he coined for his Holy Week long ride. As the title suggested it was supposed to be long and hard just like when a priest ordered you to complete the stations of the cross as penance for your grave sins. We met at 5:45 am I already logged 7K on my cyclocomputer, the sun was already up and clouds were so few - a good sign that we're gonna be toasted by the summer heat. The next 10 kilometers was a revelation to the state of the road condition of Quezon province, it was totally uncool. We're like riding on a trail with our road bike. Thankfully the process of restructuring the road was already underway. After 32 kilometers we had passed 3 towns and a mountain climb. . . . . to be continued brb