Last year I made a resolution of sorts to swim at least once a week; I thought that was pretty manageable. As it turns out, I think I got in about two swims a week on average-not because I was organized or doing a really good job staying motivated...I just liked it. =) So, I thought I would post the few things that have kept me super happy during a lap swim in hopes of spreading some swimming joy to anyone who may be considering it.
#1: 100% polyester suite;
reason: the others with spandex added start to get loose and stretched out after a few months.
#2: Aqua sphere goggles;
reason: These dip lower right under the eye-less severe red lines. The plastic is super soft compared to others I've trial and error-ed on. I use Kayenne currently.
#3: H2O shuffle/Waterfi;
reason: I wished for 18 months that I could listen to music while swimming because looking at the lap guide line on the pool floor isn't all that stimulating. I finally caved and got one with gift money and am so happy I did. This thing works flawlessly, and the earphones pictured don't leak, it's loud enough and I can listen to podcasts...they sell waterproof cases for players too, from what I've read they don't always work so it's a risk.
#4: Don't forget your cute swim cap
reason: saves your hair from harsh chlorine and on the practical side, keeps it out of your face if it's long.
#5: Jojoba or olive oil in the winter is a huge deal for me.
reason: Maybe I just have sensitive skin, but slathering on oil BEFORE swimming keeps me from getting really dry and itchy on my arms and back after swimming.
#6: Water bottle
reason: who knew that while being submersed in water head to toe you would need a drink. Well you will and the chlorine water isn't recommended. =)
#7: flip flops
reason: they're not necessary, but it's nice to have them when walking on those tile floors.
I've tried chlorine removal shampoos-didn't think it was that different from regular shampoo and didn't repurchase when it ran out.
I resist all urges to purchase lap swimming equipment like pull buoys or kick boards and use the stuff available at the pool.
I've never tried flippers or hand paddles- they're for building endurance in certain muscle groups but I think if I consciously swim faster in sprints it's the same thing.
That's all I can think of...