Every athlete has a list of the latest gear that is sure to make you better, faster, stronger. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, and as we start to dream about our next race season, it's time to refine that list.
You know the stuff you would like to get for your racing and training needs, but it takes time to save up for one purchase and it seems like items get added to the list faster than you can buy them. Well now's your chance to knock off a good chunk in one go. Plus, it will be so much easier for Aunt Mable to buy you a gift if she actually knows what you want. And you may even avoid adding another holiday-themed sweater to your closet in the process.
So what will make you a better, faster, stronger swimmer? To help, I've created a list of my favorite items this year. Everything on my wish list has been tested and evaluated for its efficiency and effectiveness, and will be worth seeing under the Christmas tree.
For anyone that is bored to tears with swims that seem to go on forever, there is the SwimMan Waterproof 3G iPod Shuffle. It is completely self-contained and waterproof and one of the easiest to install on your swim goggles. Just put it on and off you go.
The drag suit for men and women has returned. What an ideal way to help increase your strength, power and endurance during your training sessions. The very nature of the drag suit is to increase water resistance and challenge you to swim faster.
I am partial to the Finis. The two that meet the needs of many of my athletes are the Finis Ultimate Drag Suit with a mesh design and four pockets to impede your speed by exponentially increasing your resistance and the more traditional Drag Suit. It's like swimming in a baggy bathing suit which creates a parachute effect. Keep in mind the purpose and design of the drag suit is to increase resistance to the already highly resistant environment of water. The additional resistance while swimming makes your workouts more challenging and, therefore, helps you to swim more efficiently to compensate.
There are two sets of swim fins that really grabbed my attention this year: the Positive Drive Swim Fins by Titan Swim Tech and the Aqua Sphere Alpha Fins. Both sets of fins are lightweight, easy on the feet and really address the necessary fine-tuning of the swim kick. Whether you are a triathlete or an age-group swimmer looking to improve the technical intricacies of your kick, these may be the fins for you.