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    I'm new to all this. I'm building my training up pretty well but swimming is my weak spot so I really need to concentrate on this. I need tips for my training, I've got access to one of these kind of pools http://www.endlesspools.com, a resistance pool I think they're called as well. Would this help? I figured it would cut down the time I lose on turns. Has anyone used one for training?
    Also, I'm worried about losing time during transitions.
    One more thing, are swim caps compulsory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netdewt View Post
    What distance should I try first? There is a .5/15/3 mile event near me in June.

    How much gear should I invest in? There are tri suits available for $50-75-ish right now. June here may be a little chilly, but not bad - I have wetsuits but not a tri specific one. Do I need aero bars on my road bike?
    The above sounds fine. Always best to try a shorter distance race first. Running off the bike is a odd feeling if you haven't practiced, so I would recommend including brick sessions (run session straght after getting off the bike) prior to the race.

    Try swimming in one of your wetsuits before the race to see if you can. Swimming wetsuits are cut differently as to not restrict your stroke, so your current wetsuit may not work. On a shorter swim you may get chilly but should get through the swim quick enough for it not to be a problem.

    If unsure whether tri's are your thing, I wouldn't bother with a tri suit.

    If you have practiced and adjusted your seat position, aerobars will be faster. Do you need them? No.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChloeP View Post
    I'm new to all this. I'm building my training up pretty well but swimming is my weak spot so I really need to concentrate on this. I need tips for my training, I've got access to one of these kind of pools http://www.endlesspools.com, a resistance pool I think they're called as well. Would this help? I figured it would cut down the time I lose on turns. Has anyone used one for training?
    Also, I'm worried about losing time during transitions.
    One more thing, are swim caps compulsory?
    If swimming is your weakest leg. then swim as much as possible. Look at some technique classes too.

    I had heard swimming in an endless pool isn't as good as in a regular pool (moving water vs moving through water) but if you are swimming more and can still focus on technique in one of these pools then why not use it?

    Loosing time turning? Learn to tumble turn. If you want to continue with tri's, you will be spending alot of time in the pool. So why not learn to turn efficiently?

    Practice your transitions.

    Caps are compulsory in races here. Could be different in your country...
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