Beach time and open water swims are long gone for most of us and we’re all headed back to the pool.
To get you back into the stroke of things, here are a few tips from our very own avid swimmer on Team Zealios, Stacey. This summer Stacey swam 11 miles in the Portland Bridge Swim. (Yeah, she knows a thing or eleven about swimming.)
Stacey standing under one of the many bridges she’d swim under
Stacey deep into the race with her husband and kayak aid, Robin
POOL TIP #1
Get your hair wet and add conditioner before putting on your swim cap
Wet hair tends to be less absorbent than dry hair, so wetting your hair before you slide into the pool reduces the chances of your hair absorbing water molecules from the pool.
The conditioner will keep chlorine and other chemicals away from your hair. It will also keep your hair tangle-free.
POOL TIP #2
Get the full life out of your swimsuit
Let your swimsuit air out and avoid placing it in a tightly restricted area like a gym bag, purse or in a wad on the floor. When your suit isn’t aired out properly you can get some weird stuff forming and growing on the suit, plus the lycra and spandex will break down faster causing it to be uncomfortably stretchy and loose fitting.
Heading to the office after the pool? Lay your wet swimsuit out on your car seat to dry (out of the sun, of course) or bring it into the office and drape it over a chair (you might get a few weird looks at first…).
BONUS! PRO TIP:
Lather up your suit while in the shower with our Shampoo to pull out all the chlorine and keep your suit chemical clean.
POOL TIP #3
Keep your equipment in tip top shape
Give your swim and pool equipment a good long life and save some money by not replacing them every season.
The sun can do some serious damage to your equipment including making your paddles brittle and drying out your rubber fins or latex caps. Once you hop out of the pool bring your equipment with you and store it in a shaded and dry place.
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