Many triathletes will agree that swimming in open water is the best to properly train for a triathlon. However, this isn’t always feasible due to weather conditions and water temperature. When the weather starts to warm up and open water venues open for training, it’s tempting to jump straight in. Make sure you’re properly equipped before your next cold-water swim using this handy guide from Zone3:
Wear a Wetsuit
Wetsuits are designed to keep you warm, and we at Zone3 take pride in our extensive collection of wetsuits as not only do they help you stay insulated; they also help provide extra flexibility, buoyancy and above all – comfort. It may seem obvious, but a wetsuit is compulsory in all waters below 21°C. A wetsuit such as the Aspire or the Vanquish is perfect for those colder water swims as both work to insulate you as well as providing you with extra speed, which is definitely ideal.
Wear a Warmth Vest
Sometimes a wetsuit might just not be enough to help keep you feeling toasty in the water, and that’s usually the case in the earlier months of the year when open water venues first open. Water temperature can sometimes be unpredictable, so it’s best to prepare for the coldest temperatures by wearing a Zone3 Neoprene Long Sleeve under Wetsuit Baselayer for some extra, much-appreciated insulation.
Wear a Hat
By ‘hat’, we mean a Zone3 Neoprene Swimming Cap. This will help keep your head warm and prevent you from losing body heat through your skull, which is crucial in helping you stay insulated and comfortable. Sometimes, in extremely chilly waters, it can be advisable to wear a Zone3 Silicone Swimming Cap under your neoprene one for extra insulation.
Keep your hands and feet warm using Neoprene Accessories
When racing in cold waters, your hands and feet are going to feel the chill the most. Cold extremities can make your swim extremely uncomfortable and can often become painful, which is something that you’ll want to avoid during your race. Keep your hands warm in our Zone3 Neoprene Swimming Gloves and your feet toasty in our Zone3 Neoprene Swimming Socks.
Invest in a Parka Robe
Being cold in the water is sometimes inevitable but being cold once you’re on dry land is very avoidable. Invest in a Zone3 Parka Robe to cover yourself up between swim sessions. Designed with Zone3’s renowned Polar Fleece Fabric on the inside, this jacket controls temperature through its heat regulatory properties, and absorbs and wicks away sweat, whilst still keeping you warm. Water and wind-resistant, the Parka Robe is ideal for both before and after your colder swim sessions.