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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by evanyc
    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.
    Last edited by Sprocket Man; 04-27-07 at 03:44 PM.

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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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