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Old 02-14-2011
terry terry is offline
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Great to see you back on board. As far as it being "so cold in London" I say Rubbish. On July 2, I'll bet the water in the Thames will be 20C or warmer. A good place to practice prior to the event would be at the Serpentine in Hyde Park if that's convenient.
The pictures show everyone swimming with head up. So if you simply hang your head, you'll be way ahead of the pack.
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Old 02-14-2011
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Laurie
Great to see you back on board. As far as it being "so cold in London" I say Rubbish. On July 2, I'll bet the water in the Thames will be 20C or warmer.
20C or warmer are you kidding me? That's a sauna!!!!! To heck with the wetsuit just jump in :-)
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Old 02-15-2011
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OK - Having not swim in anything other than a pool for 20 years, I'm sure it'll be a shock. But yes - I will practice in the Serpentine (although maybe not until April...) Pool swimming before then!

My Swim buddy has signed up. So that's one good thing

Who knows, if I enjoy it then I will do more Open Water Swims. And - as I run and cycle, maybe triathlons too
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Old 02-17-2011
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Oh and by the way I am proud to say that I recommended the clinic that Cynthia spoke about and was with her the very first time she swam naked (sans wetsuit). I'm sure she curses my name every day since then LOL!

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Ha ha! Yes, I blame it all on you, Naji. [Who was very patient with me my first time in naked -- I hyperventilated for about 15 of the 20 minutes.]
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Old 02-17-2011
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Good for you! Open water is just lovely, and you'll be just fine with your swimming experience. Suggestions: Practice sighting in the pool, coasting your goggles just above the water so your streamline doesn't change (ie: feet drop down), with a focus on something on the approaching wall just above the water. Practice wide tracks as well. Actual open water experience is invaluable, and very much worth the effort prior to the event to test your body response to water temperature differences, and to gain sighting experience. Should the water temperature be tolerable, hoorah! In that case, an option that I tried in my first open water event last summer was a speedsuit. Not at all buoyant (consequently virtually no impairment of your swimming form), and no insulation to speak of, but I suspect that the hydrophobic material gave my time a bit of a boost, and helped my worries about water temperature. Go for it!
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