mask, fins, and snorkel?
edited May 2012 in General Discussion
I am getting ready for the beach to beach power swim on St. John, USVI. We had a practice swim today. I was one of the only swimmers who swam for real. Everyone else wore fins, and used a snorkel. Luckily, there were only about 20 of us in the water. My complaint is, those wearing all the equipment seem to have trouble navigating the course. They don't feel the need to look up and see where they are going. So, I get fins in the face, or they just swim right into the real swimmers. the first mile, consists of trying to get away from assisted swimmers. I was just wondering if other races around the world, there is a category for assisted swimmers, or is that a Caribbean thing? I find it annoying.
But fins and a snorkel? Incredible.
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And then I read Ick! They give prizes for the assisted category?!?
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For my first Ocean swim (4 miles) I thought about using fins, as they were allowed. I ditched the idea because I never train with them, but I was really afraid that I would fatigue out in the middle and have to be towed by my kayaker... So I kept thinking, "Fins, fins will save me" I was fine actually and fins unneeded, but I can see how someone with low confidence (like I was) would like the added security of fins.
All that said, if one chooses to use fins, especially, they should be most aware of how they stick out and can injure someone. but the only OWS injury I got was a face fracture form being kicked by a regular foot in a lake practice swim...
The Original Key West swim (directed by Randy Nutt) had a fin wave as part of the race from its inception. This is wave where the Navy Seals from NAS Key West would enter to show the fat guys (me) what a real swimmer looked like (gotta take my jabs when I can). I wouldn't sweat swimmers wearing fins in longer events. The Navy fins were super-stiff and broke ankles. The softer training fins that many of us use will break your ankles just the same, but tear into the skin as well making the last 11 of the 12 mile swim suck hard. I would bet that every "winner"'of the Key West fin division pulled them off at some point. At least they still had six-packs.
I didn't make it clear that i was talking about the Alligator Lighthouse swim, not the Swim around Key West. I just know Key West has a Fins division, but having not done the event I don't know anything about the people in the fins division.