Tonight, I’m doing the first Splash and Dash of the season. The nervous butterflies have started, but I know that I’m more prepared than I was at this time last year. I’ve already practiced in a wetsuit. I’ve built my swimming skills and endurance with Masters Swim.
This timely article was published this week: 5 Ways To Make The Open Water Swim Less Initimatidating
After I read the article by Meredith Attwood (Swim Bike Mom), I remembered my first OWS. I remember leaving Tempe Town Lake, defeated but challenged. I was determined to conquer the swim at my next attempt and I did!
Adventures in trying on Wetsuits and Attempting an Open water swim (OWS)
Temperatures have been a little cooler the past week, which is great for running but not so much for swimming! I was hoping that I wouldn’t have a choice about wetsuits and that it would ultimately be decided for me. Not the case!
Since I’ve been indecisive, I called and visited Triple Sports in Scottsdale for a wetsuit. Tracy was super helpful and found a couple of suits that fit me (that were for rent), but after I got one on I decided not to rent. Since the temps are borderline, she put me in a sleeveless suit. Even then, I felt constricted, so I didn’t want to add that to my stress.
Note: I did find a super cute sports bra on clearance, and Tracy offered some triathlon tips, so the trip was still productive.
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