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Old 04-27-07, 02:22 PM   #1
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swim training suit

so up until this week i've been doing all my swim training in some baggy speedo shorts:

definitely a lot of drag.

this week though i bought these:


definitely a lot less drag. i wasn't paying very close attention, but i think my half-mile time dropped by about a minute and a half and i was able to swim a continuous mile with far less fatigue than before averaging 1:30/100.

my question is, for training should i stick with the baggy suit for the added drag to build strength? i know i could go with a drag suit ala:


but if i'm goin for drag why not stick with the shorts?

the primary reason i could see going for a drag suit is just so i could wear this:



so what are your thoughts? stick with the shorts for added strength training, or train in the tighties? get a drag suit?

i was thinking perhaps use to tighties for the endurance workouts and the shorts for speed/strength workouts.
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Old 04-27-07, 02:55 PM   #2
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Train how you race! And for sure get that last pair.
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i'm gonna be racin in a wetsuit, and regardless of not being able to afford buying one right now, i'd feel pretty ridiculous doin laps at the Y in a wetsuit.
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the primary reason i could see going for a drag suit is just so i could wear this:

STARS AND UNICORNS!!!!!! Magical!

The benefits of drag suits are disputable. Are you swimming in open water? If so, stay clear of drag suits for safety reasons. If you're in a pool, wearing the baggy shorts would be just fine. No need to spend the extra money for another pair of shorts when your pockets are already replicating what a drag suit would do (maybe to a lesser degree, but still. . .). For strength training, I'd opt for hand paddles instead. They build strength while helping the swimmer to get a better "feel" of the water.

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yeah, i used paddles and fins a lot for strength training in the base phase but have reduced it now that i'm in "build" according to what i've read.
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Meh, train in the baggy shorts if you can handle it. You'll be that much faster when it's race time.
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