This week’s installment is all wet. This is the gear I use both in the pool and open water.
Blueseventy Men's Reaction Sleeveless Wetsuit – In the Midwest most races through June are wetsuit legal. I picked up the wetsuit from our team’s sponsoring store Up and Running. At tip – look for a local wetsuit day. This is a great opportunity to try it in the water before you buy it.
TYR Special OPS 2.0 transition goggles - These goggles have polarized lenses that adjust to the sunlight. They work equally well in the pool and open water. I have settled on these to have one pair that I can dial in the fit. I do carry two other pair just in case.
TYR SPORT EBP Burner Fin – Fins are a critical tool for our swim workouts. A must-have training tool. This fin fits extremely well and is just the right length for my swim development.
TYR 2.0 Ultralite Snorkel – A quality swim snorkel that fits well around the head and is just all enough to function in the pool. Another tool used weekly. Also comes with two air restrictors; although I rarely use them.
Speedo Team Pull Buoy – This tool allows you to focus on your stroke, and body tautness. We use the swim buoy a lot during warmups. Typically used with swim paddles.
TYR Catalyst Contour Training Paddles I use these along with the pull buoy to focus on stroke form while stabilizing my lower body and eliminating the kick.
Finis Kick Board – Any kickboard will work. This is the one I chose. Workhorse for working on your kick and elevating your heart rate during warm-ups.
Equinox Nylon Mesh Stuff Sack 23 x 36 – This bag is big enough to carry all my gear to the gym or lake. The mesh is critical to allow my gear to air dry. Tip – buy bigger than you think you need.