Goggles vs. No Goggles

Goggles vs. No Goggles

Post by fl.. » Wed, 07 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Hi,
Trying to solve the problem of massive starts that may kick off the
goggles and cause stress and wasted time, I simply came up with the
solution of not wearing goggles. I've just tried it and it seems I
never needed these goggles. (in unsalted water)
I assume you guys are not looking at fishes when you swim, so what is
the point in wearing goggles in unsalted water? If you have any
argument to share, please do so.
Best,
- Francois

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Post by SchwingDin » Wed, 07 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Maybe the fact that my contact lenses would float right off of my eyes
without my goggles.....
Maybe the fact that my eyes are irritated by contact with anything other
than air and my eyelids.....
Maybe the fact that my goggles prevent my eyes from getting poked out by
fingers and toes....

Maybe that's a few other reasons for them.

Quote:

> Hi,
> Trying to solve the problem of massive starts that may kick off the
> goggles and cause stress and wasted time, I simply came up with the
> solution of not wearing goggles. I've just tried it and it seems I
> never needed these goggles. (in unsalted water)
> I assume you guys are not looking at fishes when you swim, so what is
> the point in wearing goggles in unsalted water? If you have any
> argument to share, please do so.
> Best,
> - Francois

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Post by vonh.. » Wed, 07 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi,
> Trying to solve the problem of massive starts that may kick off the
> goggles and cause stress and wasted time, I simply came up with the
> solution of not wearing goggles. I've just tried it and it seems I
> never needed these goggles. (in unsalted water)
> I assume you guys are not looking at fishes when you swim, so what is
> the point in wearing goggles in unsalted water? If you have any
> argument to share, please do so.
> Best,
> - Francois

Francois,
Believe it was in Triathlete or Fitness swimmer I was reading an
article on the same topic.  Number one reason to wear goggles was
of course to see, second reason was that when exposed to water be it
salted, unsalted, chlorinated ETC.... the eyes surface swells not
unlike your hand getting pruny when you spend to much time in the
water. This makes your eyes more susceptible to waterborne
contaminants.  My primary reason for wearing goggles is my intense
paranoia from watching Jaws to many times and my nearsightedness.  If I
don't wear goggles I would swim right off the course, god bless Speedo
with their corrected vision goggles.  I have not been kicked yet, when
I am I may have to reconsider my position, nothing like trying to clear
your goggles and tread water at the same time....Von

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Post by Amy S Snyd » Wed, 07 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Maybe the fact that my contact lenses would float right off of my eyes
>without my goggles.....
>Maybe the fact that my eyes are irritated by contact with anything other
>than air and my eyelids.....
>Maybe the fact that my goggles prevent my eyes from getting poked out by
>fingers and toes....

>Maybe that's a few other reasons for them.

Good points all. I'd like to add that shaded goggles can help in bright
situations if you're somewhat light sensitive like me.

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-----------------------------------------------------------
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Post by Outsd19 » Wed, 07 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Good points all. I'd like to add that shaded goggles can help in bright
>situations if you're somewhat light sensitive like me.

If shaded goggles are not UV protected then you are creating additional
problems according to my local eye guys.

Bob

 
 
 

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Post by b.. » Wed, 07 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi,
> Trying to solve the problem of massive starts that may kick off the
> goggles and cause stress and wasted time, I simply came up with the
> solution of not wearing goggles. I've just tried it and it seems I
> never needed these goggles. (in unsalted water)
> I assume you guys are not looking at fishes when you swim, so what is
> the point in wearing goggles in unsalted water? If you have any
> argument to share, please do so.
> Best,
> - Francois

Aloha Francois,

I can't speak for others, but just being able to see where I'm going.
Although all of my triathlons, so far, have been in salt water, even in
fresh/pool water I find that I simply have a tougher time seeing when
my eyes go from water to air - and since navigation is important for
guys like me who have a tough time swimming in a straight line... <grin>

I've been fortunate that I haven't had mine kicked off, yet.  I read
somewhere that a helpful trick is to put your swim cap on after your
goggles so that the strap is under the cap.  I did that last time out
but didn't have to test it to see if it really made any difference.

Sometimes it's advantagous to not be a fast swimmer...most of the
kicking feet are well ahead of me. <grin>

Aloha,

-Ben-
http://home.hawaii.rr.com/schorr

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Post by simstr.. » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> >Good points all. I'd like to add that shaded goggles can help in
bright
> >situations if you're somewhat light sensitive like me.

> If shaded goggles are not UV protected then you are creating
additional
> problems according to my local eye guys.

> Bob

Agreed, but all the Speedo and TYR goggles that I checked out provided
100% protection on for a mere $10.

Sim "won't buy save-o-rama goggles to save a few bucks"

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Post by Jeff Wrigh » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00

It works great!  Just put your cap on over your goggles, and voila!!
Problem solved.
 
 
 

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Post by Amy S Snyd » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>>Good points all. I'd like to add that shaded goggles can help in bright
>>situations if you're somewhat light sensitive like me.

>If shaded goggles are not UV protected then you are creating additional
>problems according to my local eye guys.

>Bob

True, the same applies to sunglasses.
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-----------------------------------------------------------
Amy Snyder Hale, GSR Dept of Geology & Planetary Science
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Post by fl.. » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
> >If shaded goggles are not UV protected then you are creating
additional
> >problems according to my local eye guys.

> True, the same applies to sunglasses.

Indeed, this is because "simply darker" glasses, non-UV protected,
cause your pupils to widen, favoring more damaging light rays to enter
the eye.
- Francois
PS: thanks for the inputs

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Post by Brian Wagne » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> >Good points all. I'd like to add that shaded goggles can help in bright
> >situations if you're somewhat light sensitive like me.

> If shaded goggles are not UV protected then you are creating additional
> problems according to my local eye guys.

> Bob

No, because most of the time you're wearing them your face is in the
water!
 
 
 

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Post by Brian Wagne » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hi,
> Trying to solve the problem of massive starts that may kick off the
> goggles and cause stress and wasted time, I simply came up with the
> solution of not wearing goggles. I've just tried it and it seems I
> never needed these goggles. (in unsalted water)
> I assume you guys are not looking at fishes when you swim, so what is
> the point in wearing goggles in unsalted water? If you have any
> argument to share, please do so.
> Best,

Well, most people wear goggles for training because the chlorine in the
pool necessitates it.  Once you get comfortable and accustomed to
swimming with goggles, the last thing you want to do is go without them
and create a strange new situation while competing.
 
 
 

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Post by Larry Himme » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00

My eyes are very important to me so I protect them as much as possible.
I wouldn't get on a bicycle, use a power tool, fire a gun, swim, play
racquetball, etc. without the appropriate eyewear.  Of course it's
possible to do any of these things with out eye protection - I did so for
years.  But I'm not as willing to rely on luck as I once was.

It's better to wear 'em and not need 'em than vice-versa.

Larry

Quote:

> I assume you guys are not looking at fishes when you swim, so what is
> the point in wearing goggles in unsalted water? If you have any
> argument to share, please do so.
> Best,
> - Francois

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Post by Ferndoc » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>Well, most people wear goggles for training because the chlorine in the
>pool necessitates it.

Not to mention that a lot of pools aren't too great on sanitation. There's also
that nifty oil slick/hair gel and conditioner residue that tends to develop on
top of the water.

Remembering the away meets in high school where the pool visibility was less
than 5 meters,

Jill

 
 
 

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Post by SBull101 » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Francois,
I have done many lake swim triathlons in the past where I also went without
goggles and found it worked out suprisingly well...I didnt have to worry about
leaking goggles or ones that fog if I did not have any on!.....also you don't
go into a panic when you forgot to bring your goggles (one less thing to have
to remember)....due to extreme nearsightedness I use perscription goggles now,
but if others have not tried open water lake swimming without goggles they
might find they actually prefer this method.....if you've tried this and it
works, more power to you....all problems associated with goggles  that you
might have encountered are now eliminated for you!
Stephen Bullard  
Quote:
>Trying to solve the problem of massive starts that may kick off the
>goggles and cause stress and wasted time, I simply came up with the
>solution of not wearing goggles. I've just tried it and it seems I
>never needed these goggles. (in unsalted water)
>I assume you guys are not looking at fishes when you swim, so what is
>the point in wearing goggles in unsalted water? If you have any
>argument to share, please do so.
>Best,
>- Francois