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Old 04-20-10, 09:29 PM
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Questions about starting to swim and where to buy jammers

I'm getting into tri's and am going to be starting to work on my swim soon, however I have heard from many people that baggies are uncomfortable for swimming laps in and I definitely won't be wearing one of the tiny speedo's as imo i'm just not in good enough shape. So this leaves me with the next most likely choice of jammers. The past year of lycra has ridden me of self consciousness enough to wear those lol.

I must ask however where to buy jammers? I've never seen them in a store anywhere so I wouldn't have the slightest idea of where to look lol. I am from canada if anyone knows a store up here. If not I'll be making a trip to the US in a few days so I can get some while I'm there if there's anywhere particularly good to get them from.

Also I have a question about etiquette (if swimmers are anything like roadies lol), I know how to swim somewhat(i've just never done freestyle as such) so it seems the adult lessons around me wouldn't be right(i guess they're more for people that have never really been in water) so I'm planning on teaching myself for now. What I am wondering is how to go about this, the place i'm planning on joining has a 25m lane pool and an open pool, is it acceptable for someone like me to work on learning/perfecting during lane times? or is it frowned upon in most cases almost like being in the way or something?

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Old 04-20-10, 10:06 PM
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Welcome to the internet, you can find some there. If you want a shop, Google swim shops in your area. I highly recommend a master swim coach, you can Google that too. And as far as etiquette, circle swim. If you can, don't jump in a lane with someone who is clearly much much faster than you, if this is unavoidable, try the lane with the fewest people. The whole point of pools is to learn and perfect swimming, I have been swimming since I was 4 years old (18 now) and I am still trying to perfect my technique. Unless you are actually 5 feet across, which i assume you are not, since you are physically able to try a triathlon, you will not be in the way.
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Originally Posted by sirious94 View Post
Welcome to the internet, you can find some there. If you want a shop, Google swim shops in your area. I highly recommend a master swim coach, you can Google that too. And as far as etiquette, circle swim. If you can, don't jump in a lane with someone who is clearly much much faster than you, if this is unavoidable, try the lane with the fewest people. The whole point of pools is to learn and perfect swimming, I have been swimming since I was 4 years old (18 now) and I am still trying to perfect my technique. Unless you are actually 5 feet across, which i assume you are not, since you are physically able to try a triathlon, you will not be in the way.
Yes! Yes! Find a coach in your area. I did my triathlons because I knew how to swim but since joining a masters swim program, I am learning now how to swim all over again. Freestyle is my strength and improve on it weekly due to the wonderful coaches I work with.
Lane jumping is a no-no. Too many people do it at the gym because they don't know better and frankly don't care. If you are proficient but not so fast, stick to an intermediate lane or slower. If someone is in the lane, wait until he/she has stopped to talk about sharing the lane. No one owns the pool so everyone should be respected.
As for the jammers, they are fine and rather cute. If you decide against them, try drag shorts. They will help strengthen your pull since they "drag." You can go to SpeedoUSA.com to or FINIS.com to find some on the cheap. If you do a search for each sites coupons, you may find a nice percentage off including free shipping.
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Old 04-21-10, 08:09 AM
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I bought some TYR jammers from here: https://www.swimoutlet.com/Swim_Jammers_s/213.htm.
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Old 04-21-10, 01:32 PM
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I got my jammers at my normal sporting goods store. If they sell swim goggles and stuff, there is a decent chance they'll sell jammers too.
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You could still take lessons. Most pools will have different levels for their lessons. It's not just for people just getting into the water for the first time. Most of the time you don't even have to go to a tri coach or anything. I lucked out and found that the swim coach at my pool is also a triathlete so I got lessons more geared towards that. Ask around at your pool. You might find lessons to be a good choice. Plus maybe meet some fellow triathletes and you can pick their brains a little. Most of the time when you teach yourself you'll miss out on some basic but important aspects.
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You may have a hard time finding jammers locally at some of the big name stores (Sports Authority etc) right now as they are just getting them in probably. They should have them soon. They don't stock a ton of them so when they sell out in the fall they are gone for a while.
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