Water TOO cold--am I alone?

Water TOO cold--am I alone?

Post by SteveGre » Tue, 06 Dec 1994 12:20:20


I am on a Master's team in Oakland, CA.  We swim in an outdoor pool year
round, with water temp 78-80 F.  This is fine in the summer months, but
this time of year with the air temperature near 40 F, I freeze during
practice!  Even during the hardest interval sets my body always feels
somewhat chilled, and afterwards it takes about 2 hours for my core body
temperature to feel like it's returned to normal.  I also have a stuffy
nose that doesn't go away until the next morning.  This can't be healthy!
I wear a neoprene cap at practice and this helps a little, but not enough.
 Any advice from anyone?  Is there any kind of neoprene vest I can buy,
like the Warm Jane that Quintana Roo just designed for women?  My coach
doesn't take this problem seriously--Help!


 
 
 

Water TOO cold--am I alone?

Post by Jeffrey Rose » Tue, 06 Dec 1994 19:39:25

Steve,

I used to swim in Narragansett Bay RI from the middle of May through
thanksgiving.  During the very cold months I would wear a sleevless vest with a
hood.  The vest was 2 mm thick it helped a lot but it chafes alot and can be
painful.  The vest I had was made by Body Glove.  I would check out triatholon
sources.  Good luck.

 
 
 

Water TOO cold--am I alone?

Post by Alexander Phillip Ful » Wed, 07 Dec 1994 11:09:42


Quote:

>I am on a Master's team in Oakland, CA.  We swim in an outdoor pool year
>round, with water temp 78-80 F.  This is fine in the summer months, but
>this time of year with the air temperature near 40 F, I freeze during
>practice!  Even during the hardest interval sets my body always feels
>somewhat chilled, and afterwards it takes about 2 hours for my core body
>temperature to feel like it's returned to normal.  I also have a stuffy
>nose that doesn't go away until the next morning.  This can't be healthy!
>I wear a neoprene cap at practice and this helps a little, but not enough.
> Any advice from anyone?  Is there any kind of neoprene vest I can buy,
>like the Warm Jane that Quintana Roo just designed for women?  My coach
>doesn't take this problem seriously--Help!



REAL swimmers don't whine about water temperature.

'nuff said.

 
 
 

Water TOO cold--am I alone?

Post by Keith Abruzze » Sun, 11 Dec 1994 01:29:19

Feeling comfortable in the water is a very important aspect of training.
For your particular case, I would recommend you buying a neoprine
vest.  Go to a surf shop and ask for a rash guard and they will
know what you are talking about.

keith

 
 
 

Water TOO cold--am I alone?

Post by Tom Gargul » Sun, 11 Dec 1994 01:56:09


Quote:

> >I am on a Master's team in Oakland, CA.  We swim in an outdoor pool year
> >round, with water temp 78-80 F.  This is fine in the summer months, but
> >this time of year with the air temperature near 40 F, I freeze during
> >practice!  Even during the hardest interval sets my body always feels
> >somewhat chilled, and afterwards it takes about 2 hours for my core body
> >temperature to feel like it's returned to normal.  I also have a stuffy
> >nose that doesn't go away until the next morning.  This can't be healthy!
> >I wear a neoprene cap at practice and this helps a little, but not enough.
> > Any advice from anyone?  Is there any kind of neoprene vest I can buy,
> >like the Warm Jane that Quintana Roo just designed for women?  My coach
> >doesn't take this problem seriously--Help!


> REAL swimmers don't whine about water temperature.

I don't think this is a fair statement.  When I was into triathlons
and had little body fat - cold water (and air) bothered me a hell
of a lot more than it does now that I have a layer of, err, insulation.

I think a lot depends on an individuals metabolism.

I have the opossite problem.  I seem to be effected by warm water
(84+) more than normal.  If I do real hard sets for too long I tend to
"blow up" in warm water.  Especially when doing lots of fly in a
workout (1500+).