Duct tape is a great idea. I would use it over the booties, because it seems to me that booties would slow you down (creates drag). Careful getting out of the water, though, I can see where it can be slippery.
If you're thinking of doing this, try it a couple of times before the race. Remember: Never do anything new on race day.
Sounds like you had a really good swim, and your time is pretty good. If you want to avoid the elbows and feet, stay to the outside of the group.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Adore all the tri posts! Thank you! Duct tape, never heard of it! Where can race times be posted? I just finished my first sprint tri, VERY fun! Open water is next... a whole different ball game, can't even imagine an ocean!
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelo
I did an open water swim last weekend in preparation for the tri I'm doing in a month (same distance, same lake), and I was pleasantly surprised with how well it went. It was an 800m swim, and my time was 16:28--not blazing fast, but I was happy with it! I didn't do it to be competitive, but just get some open water experience before the tri. I did end up placing 5th out of all the women, though, and 2nd in my age group (by ONE second!). I actually had a lot of fun doing it, too. It was kinda cool seeing all the sea weed (lake weed? lol), and definitely interesting being up-close and personal with the other swimmers' elbows and feet for the first 50m or so, and trying to swim in a relatively straight line to the buoys. It definitely got me excited about the upcoming tri!!
One interesting thing I noticed was that several swimmers (also triathletes) had duct-taped the bottoms of their feet. I thought that seemed pretty smart for protecting their feet from zebra mussels, rocks, etc. as they walked/ran on the beach. I'm assuming they just rip it off when transitioning to the bike stage. Anyone used that strategy?
eta- I JUST realized there's a separate forum for race reports. Sorry for the misplaced post!
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