But in order for me to eventually qualify for Ironman Kona, I would need to tread water for probably 1/2 hour before swimming for the race, but without the aid of a wetsuit or floation device that would be impossible to do.
While I have gotten better at swimming, I am no Andy Potts. So I was surprised to get an email from Jay Weber asking me to try on the new Lava Shorts they created. It's a variation of the Lava Pants. Ultimately it helps with swim training by keeping the lower half more buoyant and keeping the swimmer more streamline.
So Monday, I finally had time to take the Lava Shorts for a "spin" in open water. While I was not floating as easy as with a full wet suit, I was more buoyant. Then as I sway, I could feel my feet flutter across the top of the water unlike before. It was a weird feeling of having my hips higher in the water, which made it easier to swim.
What I liked about it was that instead of a traditional swim buoy and expending energy trying to keep the buoy in between my legs, my whole hip and thighs were floating so that I can focus on my stroke.
Ultimately as the temps go down, I will be getting back into the pool. This is were I will time myself without the Lava Shorts, with the Lava Shorts and after a couple of months see if my technique has improved after I have gotten use to the new improved position.
The funny thing is that, I sometimes want to wear my wetsuit at the pool, and I was not going to cut my wetsuit apart to wear them as shorts, so this came at the perfect time as the water will be getting cooler
I am getting excited about swimming better next year!
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