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Old 05-13-2011
robedon robedon is offline
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I swam in a wet suit for the first time and found it very difficult to kick, especially a 2 beat kick. any suggestions as to what I may need to do differently to kick while wearing a wet suit. My legs were much closer to the surface than I'm used to.

I did enjoy the fact that I could just float on the water.
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Old 05-13-2011
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I swam in a wet suit for the first time and found it very difficult to kick, especially a 2 beat kick. any suggestions as to what I may need to do differently to kick while wearing a wet suit. My legs were much closer to the surface than I'm used to.

I did enjoy the fact that I could just float on the water.
Rob, not to sound like too much of a jerk but why not swim without it? OW swimming without a wetsuit is so much more fun!!!
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Old 05-13-2011
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I need the extra "help" that you can get from a wet suit for a longer swim coming up.
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Old 05-13-2011
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Rob, not sure if you are in the UK, but suits are mandatory for triathlon here, so I have had to get used to one. The first time you try to swim in a suit it is very disorientating. As you have noticed, the extra buoyancy is immediately obvious. I have never been able to breaststroke properly in my suit!
When swimming freestyle in a suit, I extend my arm closer to the surface, and seem to kick when my body is flatter, due to a more relaxed stroke. If your foot still breaks the surface after a few more practice sessions, you may have to work on a more compact kick in the pool, but as I have already said...it takes a bit of adjustment, but its worth it. Stick with it!

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Old 05-19-2011
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Can anyone suggest a couple of brand names of suits? I may need a light suit for September for my triatholon leg. I have been wearing wetsuits for almost twenty years, but they are for surfing and not swimming.

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