I had a lot of problems with the water temp in my attempt at IMAZ 2011 with 61 degree water temp. The practice swim Sat before race day it was okay but most of us were in the water less than an hour. In the race I got only about 2 miles in before my body just shut down and I was in trouble with hypothermia. What recommendations do you guys have besides getting faster? I hope to get my swim time down under 2 hours for next years attempt but what else can I do?
I have done shorter swims (Olympic) in water below 59 degrees but I was in the water for only less than an hour.
Yes, the water temp was a bit warmer, 65 degrees but it felt warmer. I am so slow in the water it drives me nuts but I also got confirmation that finishing a race is important even on a bad day. My swim took way too long and I got leg cramps as usual. Another problem to work on. I did however finish first in my age group M70-74 even though I was the very last male triathlete to finish in the Olympic race today, ha.
My breathing was a bit tough since I am just getting over a cold but my bigger problem is my swim stroke and kick,my legs wander all over the place. I was concerned that my lack of consistent Masters swims this winter would take a toll. I have another race in Oct at the same venue and I have all summer to improve my swim stroke. The Oct race however is a HIM not an Olympic
I am not sure if the cold water is why but I always seem to suffer pretty bad leg cramps at the swim exit. During the Olympic swim I didn't notice any cramping but when I tried to exit the swim and climb the steps they placed at the waters edge, I could not stand right away. My calf's locked up and it took a few minutes with slowly adding pressure on the leg. The poor volunteer at the swim exit was freaking out wanting to call medical. I told him I would be fine in a minutes and it loosened up fairly quickly. I could jog slowly to T-1 and slowly got going on the bike. The rest of the race was fine. I have been told I may not have hydrated enough during the days prior to the race. I drink a lot of water every day but maybe not a gallon or more per day. How much is enough? I also thought maybe I need to work more on my leg strength at LA Fitness.
My coach encourages me to take in 120 ozs plus of liquid per day
Using an insulated swim cap would really help. I've done it in the past for 2.4 mile swims but was in the water for about 1:15 or so.
The swim insulated swim cap seems to help but I was in the water so long, 2:20 that my leags and arms had blood rush back to primary organs and I could not swim very fast any more. I hope to reduce my 2.4 swim tim to less than 2 hours through Masters wimming coaching on body position and kicking. I volunteered in the Kayaks for IMAZ swim yesterday and got a close up view of swimmers who barely made 2:20 limit and saw many of the same technique issues I suffer from. My Masters Swim coach is trying to get me out of these bad habits.