WOW! That’s all I can say about one of the suits I tested today. Holy crap this thing was fast. You know how people drive on Sunday, nice and slow, in the right lane where slow people should drive, well this suit felt just like that. It just didn’t feel fast. At the hundred I checked the clock and thought maybe it’s time to get some prescription goggles. At the 200 I thought maybe the second hand on the clock was sticking again like it did a few months ago (when I swam :35 for 100yds thanks to the sticking second hand). I was doing math after the 300, figuring out my average pace for 100 and realized about 350 in (yeah my math skills aren’t super awesome) that this suit was crushing it. I swam my fastest 400 by several seconds in it. The second 400 in it tied for the next fastest time with another suit. I completely died on that last 400. That last 400, I was flying. In at the 200yd mark well ahead of any of the other 400s that I’ve swam in this test so far. Didn’t even feel like I was swimming that hard. About 275 the wheels started to come off and by 350 the lifeguard was tossing the rescue buoy in after me. Even imploding and swimming a huge positive split, the suit swam tied for the second fastest 400 of the test. It just didn’t feel fast but I keep looking at the clock and thinking no f*cking way am I swimming this fast. I’m interested to see what this suit can do in the second round when I swim it first for the day.
But it’s still early in the test, I have 5 or 6 suits to still test. So we’ll see how round one shakes out. Then round two will begin.
That last 400 is really tough when you’ve done 3×400 and have been swimming them like you are doing 1×400. The scary thing is some ex-college swimmer was holding 1:10-:11/100 in the lane next to me. Even with a wetsuit I was barely out swimming him. Damn you ex-college swimmers. Why do you have to be so fast in the water? Why?
On a side note, I’ve realized at this point in December, I’ve logged more yards in the pool then all of last Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb combined. Actually, this week I’ve logged more yards then all those months combined. This should bode well for me, maybe not so well for the rest of my age group, in the early season tri’s like Oceanside 70.3.