Swim in Viglia with new Orca full wetsuit

Today I tested the other new wetsuit that I just bought. This is a full, Orca brand wetsuit. It was quite easy to put on and it feels very comfortable, maybe a little too big for me but I did enjoy the comfort after the struggle to fit into the tight sleeveless one the other day. There’s quite a bit of extra material in the legs, arms and body, but it did cover me nicely. Arms are very stretchy, and I didn’t have any feeling of excess compression or constriction. I could do my stroke freely. Float balance in the water was also great, probably helped by the calm sea. I found a good balance right from the start.

Now the only real test left is the winter, when the water gets cold. Will this wetsuit keep me warm? The neoprene does look pretty thin. That test will have to wait about 6 months anyway! The sea temperature doesn’t really drop until December.

Fiona came with me, and we set off from the end of Viglia beach. Beautiful still sea, clear water. We took some breaks and chatted along the way, but when swimming I was trying to push quite hard. We were aiming to go check out the little beach by the Balos road toll, for a potential beach cleaning. I did get there, the beach was clean, and swam a bit beyond Meri’s well as well.

I wore hand paddles for most of the swim, except the beginning and the end. I didn’t really get tired, probably the frequent breaks helped, still a good general feeling.

Total distance: 2.59 km
Average speed: 3.09 km/h
Total time: 01:00:45
Download file: Swim-Viglia-Wetsuit-Short130618.gpx

Swim with water exit

Here I tested coming out of the water halfway through the swim, to test for the Porosea race.

Total distance: 1.78 km
Average speed: 2.84 km/h
Total time: 00:38:43
Download file: Swim-Korfalonas-Hop-Short060618.gpx

Training Swim in Kissamos

This is my typical swim in Kissamos.

Start from the beach next to Kissamos stadium, go East along the coast, come back to starting point.

This was my second swim after a chest infection which stopped me for 10 days, and my last longish swim before the Porosea 3km race on the next Saturday.

Total distance: 3.19 km
Average speed: 2.75 km/h
Total time: 01:12:07
Download file: Swim-Kissamos-Convalescent-Short050618.gpx

Turtle swim!

This is my first real swim after my chest infection was almost gone. I took it very easy, and still found it hard to breathe. With Fiona.

On the way back we saw a female turtle, and followed it for a little while doing breast stroke.

Total distance: 1.66 km
Average speed: 2.78 km/h
Total time: 00:41:48
Download file: Swim-Kissamos-Convalescent-Short040618.gpx

Training swim in Kissamos

A fairly typical swim in Kissamos, training for the Porosea 3km swimming race in June.

Sea temperature is warm enough to go for long distances without any neoprene.

Total distance: 1.59 km
Average speed: 2.85 km/h
Total time: 00:36:30
Download file: Swim-Kissamos-Short250518.gpx