Triathlon Swimming

  1. Tips to get you cold water swimming
    Tips to get you cold water swimming

    Tips to get you cold water swimming

    Getting started with cold water swimming - By Annie Brooks (www.talesofanniebean.com )

    If you love your pool swims and enjoy those open water swims, then this winter you might be ready to take on cold water swimming! Unlike hopping into to your local heated swimming pool to run through your drills, or dipping into that beautiful lake during the summer time, cold water swimming not only challenges physically, it tests you mentally also. Knowing you’re about to step into water that barely reaches double figures, can be a challenge, but this is exactly why it’s fantastic because that sense of achievement is like nothing else.

     

    1. Find a open water swimming venue
    There are many open water swimming venues that continue to allow swims during the chilly months. Due to the increasingly popularity of cold water swimming, more and more venues are keeping open longer. The best thing to do to find them is get searching on the internet, or better yet, Facebook. There are numerous specific open water swimming groups across the UK who regularly meet up for swims, these often host their own Facebook groups too. If you do some digging and you’ll not only find many venues, but potentially make some new swimming buddies!

    2. Get the right kit

    When you’re just starting out with cold water swimming the best thing to do is get the right kit to keep you warm. If female, a good swimsuit and if male, well-made swim shorts, followed by a wetsuit. Not only is a wetsuit designed for buoyancy in the water, it is also keeps you warmer than just swimming in a swimsuit. When wearing a wetsuit, unlike just a swimsuit, the wetsuit allows the water to seep in gradually. This gives your body a good amount of time to slowly acclimatise. Beyond your wetsuit, you can pick up gloves, hat and boots to keep you toasty!

    3. Safety first
    Always take a tow float. This isn’t specifically for cold water swimming, but if the cold water shocks you, you can be easily be spotted by other water users. Tow floats are often mandatory for open water swimming venues. Another option is to attach a whistle to your tow float to alert that you need assistance to the open water swim venue staff. It is just about being safe, seen and heard.

    4. Swim with a buddy
    At a dedicated open water swimming venue you don’t always need to swim with a buddy, just be a confident swimmer. Personally, I like to always swim with a buddy, for both safety and enjoyment purposes. If you decided to wild cold water swim, then having an extra person with you is really important. However, if you’re off for a cold water swim and it is your first time, there is something comforting going through the process of acclimatisation with a friend.

    5. Getting in the cold water
    Firstly, never jump in. You might have seen those beautiful instagram shots of outdoors grammers leaping into fresh water. Don’t. You should never jump into cold water, acclimatised or not, your body might go into shock which can be really dangerous. I prefer to ease in gradually, and the more I have acclimatised the quicker this process is, but the most important thing is to give your body time. I love to wear swim socks and gloves because these two body parts get the worst of the cold for me. I like to call them ice cream feet and hands! Getting your shoulders under is the hardest part, but in a wetsuit because it gradually seeps in, it makes this a little easier.

    6. Cold water skin swims
    You’ve mastered swimming in your

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  2. Zoggs - 10 Reasons to take up Open Water Swimming
    Open water swimmers

    Zoggs - 10 Reasons to take up Open Water Swimming

    Check out the newest top 10 reasons to take up OPEN WATER SWIMMING - Courtesy of Adam Walker

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  3. Adam 'Ocean' Walker Tips - Open Water Novice
    Adam 'Ocean' Walker Tips - Open Water Novice

    Adam 'Ocean' Walker Tips - Open Water Novice

    Where to swim

    There are many lakes up and down the country which have organised sessions and have suitable safety in place. I would recommend you swim in one these locations and as there will be other like-minded

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  4. Training tips: Improve your swimming technique
    Training tips: Improve your swimming technique

    Training tips: Improve your swimming technique

    If you're looking to improve your swimming technique, have a watch of our training videos, all of which feature James Goddard. James is an award winning British competitive and backstroke swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships. He swam for England in the Commonwealth Games and also runs regular swim training camps throughout Europe.

    We've included 6 swimming technique videos that will help you improve your stroke. From freestyle (front crawl), freestyle breathing and tumble turns to mastering that breaststroke, backstroke and even butterfly. We've also included our training aid films, great for those of you that use a kickboard, Finz, pull buoy or hand paddles.

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    Freestyle (front crawl)
    https://youtu.be/-UzYFyaeGEY
    Freestyle (front crawl)
    https://youtu.be/ISzrSU3bBZ4
    Tumble turns: How to change direction quickly under water
    https://youtu.be/9aefCaQKZpo
    How to master breaststroke
    https://youtu.be/VYLb1MRIyk0
    How to finesse backstroke (back crawl)
    https://youtu.be/B_AzikPZfdk
    How to master the butterfly
    https://youtu.be/oncZ6OeVexw
    How to use a Zoggs kickboard when training to build strength.
    This video will help improve your body position in the water
    and your focus on your lower body, strengthening your muscles.
    https://youtu.be/PDr95Q0ZBa4
    How to use Zoggs Finz to improve your swimming.
    Designed to aid swimmers in their training to improve on their endurance
    and reduce muscle fatigue. Our Finz will help you make the most out
    of workout and
    perfect your stroke technique.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVeFfyDrJAg&t=0s&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=1
    How to use a Zoggs Pull Buoy.
    This video will take you through using a Pull buoy effectively to help isolate
    the upper body, to improve upper body strength and allow you to focus
    on your stroke technique.
    https://youtu.be/doKTCXyOPaw
    How to improve your technique and build speed with hand paddles.strong>
    This video will show you that using Hand Paddles are a fantastic training aid
    for those looking to improve their stroke technique. They
    will increase
    your workout and improve your fitness achieved from regular swims.

    Swimming benefits the whole body and it's an ideal way to strengthen your muscles making your feel stronger and healthier. If you mix up your strokes, you can target different parts of your body - it's the best way to burn calories. What's more you may find swimming relaxes you, clears your mind and reduces anxiety. Head over to our website if fancy browsing swimwear or goggles and do let us know how you're getting on on social.

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  5. 7 UK triathlons suitable for beginners
    7 UK triathlons suitable for beginners

    7 UK triathlons suitable for beginners

    With the triathlon season just a few weeks away, we take a look at a few of the events suitable for first timers. Triathlons consist of a swim, a bike and a run with these events for teams or individuals. Taking place at a range of venues, the swim is in an indoor or outdoor pool, the sea or a lake with easier bike courses and flat run courses.

    Cheshire Fun Triathlon, Nantwich (12th May 2019): Enjoyed by thousands of competitors for 26 years, this event is aimed at all abilities and fitness levels. The course is spectator friendly with attractions and facilities available for those attending. The "Fun" and "Sprint" distances are popular with beginners, still offering a challenge.

    Stratford Fun Triathlon, Stratford Upon Avon (19th May 2019): The Strathlon Triathlon offers an indoor pool swim and is now in its 20th year. With a fun and friendly atmosphere, competitors can take on their challenge with great support from the crowd. Designed for all abilities and levels of fitness, it's ideal for novices through to pro triathletes and fun competitors.

    Birmingham Fun Triathlon, Sutton Coldfield (16th June 2019): Located in the country, Sutton Park is the setting for the Birmingham Triathlon. There's a "Triathlon Experience" for those that want to "Tri a Triathlon" with distances and challenges available for not just beginners but pros.

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    York Fun Triathlon, York (14th July

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  6. The Original Predator Flex goggles are back
    The Original Predator Flex goggles are back

    The Original Predator Flex goggles are back

    The Original Predator Flex goggles are back in stock - exclusively available from Zoggs (and Wiggle). If you're wondering which would be best for you, check out this handy overview of the range.

    Predator Flex Original (Clear)

    These Original Predator Flex swimming goggles are the perfect addition to virtually any swimmer's kit bag. Whether its smashing your PBs in the indoor lanes or taking on an open water swim, the clear lenses provide exceptional clarity. The lenses offer Fogbuster™ anti-fog, UV protection and CLT™ Curved Lens Technology for 180° peripheral vision. The comfort provided by Zoggs’ unique 4 Flexpoint Technology.

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    Predator Flex Original (Tint)

    Get fully immersed with the Original Predator Flex Tinted swimming goggles with unique 4 Flexpoint Technology™. The blue tinted lenses are an ideal addition for indoor swimming as well as offering good protection against bright outdoor light. Throw in Fogbuster™ anti-fog for exceptional clarity, UV protection and CLT™ Curved Lens Technology and you have a goggle that performs just as well as it looks.

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    Predator Flex Original (Mirror)

    Stand out from the crowd with the Predator Flex Mirror Goggles. With the unique 4 Flexpoint™ technology for enhanced frame flexibility, they provide a contoured and comfortable fit. Silver mirrored lenses and 180 degree peripheral vision offer fantastic clarity for outdoor and open water swimming with reduced glare and reflections from the sun. The split-yoke strap reduces pressure on the face for added comfort.

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    Predator Flex Original (Polarized)

    Make the most out of your swim with our Original Predator Flex Polarized Goggle. The unique 4 Flexpoint Technology which offers frame flexibility and maximum comfort. The smoke polarized lenses reduce glare and reflections on the water’s surface, making this an ideal goggle for bright outdoor conditions. The Original Predator Flex Polarized goggles also come with built-in Fogbuster™ anti-fog for exceptional clarity, UV protection, and CLT™ Curved Lens Technology for 180° peripheral vision.

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    Predator Flex Polarized Ultra

    Embrace the funexpected with the Predator Flex Polarized Ultra Swimming Goggles with polarized lenses to reduce glare and cut out blue light. Ideal for high level light conditions and direct sunshine. By repelling blue light these goggles also amplify light in darker overcast conditions, therefore providing enhanced vi

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  7. Stocking filler ideas for adult swimmers
    Stocking filler ideas for adult swimmers

    Stocking filler ideas for adult swimmers

    You might think stocking fillers are just for children but everyone loves a surprise. Here are just a few gift ideas for the grown-up swimmers in your life whether they be lane swimmers, open water swimmers or triathletes.

    Swimwear

    Swimming is for

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  8. An essential guide to swimwear back styles
    An essential guide to swimwear back styles

    An essential guide to swimwear back styles

    We have a number of swimsuit styles to choose from, whether you're heading to the pool, the beach or the lake. Here's an essential guide to finding the best back style for you so you're comfortable and can concentrate on what's important. Enjoying being in the water!

    The

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  9. Predator Flex 2.0 wins 2018 Red Dot Award For Design and Innovation
    Predator Flex 2.0 wins 2018 Red Dot Award For Design and Innovation

    Predator Flex 2.0 wins 2018 Red Dot Award For Design and Innovation

    We're delighted to announce the Zoggs Predator Flex 2.0 goggle has been awarded a 2018 Red Dot Award for Design and Innovation in the Sporting Equipment category. Red Dot is recognised internationally as one of

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  10. Introducing the Next Generation Predator Flex Goggle Collection
    Introducing the Next Generation Predator Flex Goggle Collection

    Introducing the Next Generation Predator Flex Goggle Collection

    We recently launched the Next Generation Predator Flex goggle collection. With 4 Flexpoint Technology™, new Ultra-Fit technology, a quick adjust system and V-Groove, the range includes the high performance

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