So I asked her, "How much gear do I need to buy to get myself up to average speeds?"
Today, as part of the get-faster plan, I ordered a new wetsuit. I told my husband that I would get hypothermia and DROWN if I didn't get one, and our daughters would be Momless, so finally he was beaten into submission. (Actually, he was very sympathetic). Here it is, a DeSoto T1 Black Pearl 2-piece triathlon wetsuit:
Won't that look hard-core, like a Bond Girl or Catwoman? Actually I'm merely hoping that it will help prevent some of the problems that I experienced in my sucky swim at the Columbia Triathlon, namely being short of breath and feeling like my throat and chest were being constricted.
I'm also going for a practice open water swim in Cambridge, Maryland on Saturday in the Choptank River near the site for the Eagleman Triathlon, organized by Jude Apple and some of our kindly local Eastern Shore triathlete neighbors. Water temperatures there look like they're bouncing between 65*F and 70*F. Plus now I'll be able to practice in the outdoor pools - starting this coming weekend they're finally open and they're going to be COLD!
Hopefully those two steps will help alleviate some of my swim issues.