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postheadericon Beginner triathlete – novice ironman and the importance of wetsuits – warmer, lighter or faster

Beginner Triathlete – Novice Ironman and the Importance of Wetsuits – Warmer, Lighter Or Faster?

It is pretty obvious to the triathlon community that triathlon wetsuits are not all created equal.

At the same time, it often feels like we have taken the importance of exactly how a triathlon wetsuit is actually constructed a bit too seriously. After all, when it comes right down to it, is really necessary to get excited about a wetsuit because it is a millimeter thicker than the one you owned the previous season?

It appears that the goal is to have a creation that is thinner and faster, but still as warm as a wetsuit with thicker construction.


In the early days of triathlon the races were few and far between. To make matters worse, in many areas with water temperatures that hovered around 60 degrees Fahrenheit it was a challenge for many triathletes just to avoid hypothermia. There simply were no wetsuits back then except perhaps for the early “Farmer John” type that did nothing at all to keep a person warmer, which begs the question, “what exactly did they do”?

Of course a person could always buy a “dry-suit” –that would be impossibly heavy and hot– at a dive shop, but it would be years before the real triathlon “wetsuits” were available to all triathletes regardless of where they lived.

For the Canadian triathlete, it was pretty much almost a certainty that hypothermia was going to rear its head in any triathlon swim leg in Canada back in the eighties unless the race happened to be on the West Coast. The severity of the hypothermia often depended on actual swimming ability of the triathlete. The better a triathlete could swim back then, the sooner the swim leg would be over so it was a simple matter of those whoever got out of the water the soonest were less likely to suffer from the cold as much.


If a triathlete did not have an energy-saving stroke it was often difficult to retain enough co-ordination once out of the water to be able to climb on a bike. It was not unusual for it to take ten minutes or more for a triathlete to warm up enough to be able to cycle at all. Some of the early triathletes reached the danger point of hypothermia and were often unable to carry on in the race at all.

The wetsuit was born in the mid to late eighties and began to evolve at a quick pace in the decades to follow. Every single year you could pretty much be guaranteed that a new improved wetsuit would be on the market. Often the new wetsuits came with the promise that it would make you a faster swimmer then ever before.


This philosophy of “faster is better” really sucked people in because they had yet to figure out how little importance swim time really has on the end result of an Ironman. This is especially true of age-groupers who simply want to finish the race any way they can. Still, many triathletes were sucked in over and over again and could spend a few thousand dollars on wetsuits over a career.

Unfortunately, it would take years for some triathletes to figure out that swimming faster is not the secret to a successful Ironman. Real success is realized when emphasis is placed on finishing the swim leg of an Ironman with as little energy loss as possible. In reality, success in an Ironman has very little to do with the thickness of a wetsuit, how seamless the stitching, or how stretchy the armpits are.


Ultimately, the most important feature of a wetsuit for the average age-group triathlete or novice Ironman is the protection it provides from the cold. It is of paramount importance to always keep in mind that if you burn yourself out from the swim because you lack a smooth, energy-saving stroke you will most likely be part of the Ironman “death march”.

For the beginner triathlete or novice Ironman, the goal should be to get through the swim with as little discomfort as possible and with as little mental, emotional, and physical stress as possible. Any type of stress has a way of contributing to the loss energy that will without a doubt be desperately need later on in the race. This is most especially true to the Ironman because of the sheer distance of the race.

postheadericon A couple of tips for table tennis

A Couple of Tips for Table Tennis

1. Be prepared for a position at any time.

A balanced position is a position that your body is ready to move in any direction at any time. Keep in mind that table tennis is a game very quickly. Always be alert and your feet.

2. Being comfortable with your racket.

table tennis players enjoy the luxury to bring their own rackets in games and tournaments. Therefore, invest in a good racket and use it exclusively. Responding to a racket May take some time. If you keep on changing rackets, you can never get better with the sport. In a game of table tennis, your racket is your best friend. Take care how should you.

3. Practice, practice, practice.

Nothing can increase your game more than enough practice. Learn a skill at a time and control. Develop your game and focus on becoming better, instead focus on winning the match. Sooner or later, your movements become automatic and victory will be easy.

4. Play on the offence.

If you play on the offence, your opponent ends to play defensively. In other words, their energy is focused on the delivery of your success rather than design a good game of their own. Deep instalment plans ball around and are good skills to master. If you do well, your opponent will eventually give you a ball with points easy for you.

5. Expand your fitness.

Aside from table tennis skills, you develop your physical as well. Good balance and feet, superb reflexes, and better hand-eye coordination are essential. Of course, your ball serving and receiving skills are best associated with these physical capabilities.

6. Look both the ball and an opponent of the racket.

The main objective of table tennis is to send the ball across the table. Novice players tend to focus on the movement of the ball, ignoring the racket that hit quite. Good tennis players can deceive their opponents with their serve with a slight modification in terms of their racket.

These six good advice on how you can get better table tennis. Beginners will find these tips helpful, although players can hone their intermediaries games with them too. table tennis is a game very enjoyable. Much more if you’re really good at it.

postheadericon Paintball do you want the advantage

Paintball Do you Want the Advantage?

Having the best gear helps having an advantage over your opponent when playing paintball. Little things like lighter vests, goggles, helmets, gloves and of course your gun. If you take your paintball seriously you’ll know what I’m on about. Having lighter gear means more movability, more energy and smarter thinking. But you must choose your gear carefully some paintball gear looks good but in actual fact could slow you down or won’t provide you with the stealth or accuracy you will need to win the game.

How can you tell which gear is right for you. Well it will all be determine by your level of game play if you are a beginner start of with the basic rented gear. Doing this gives you a better idea about the gear associated with paintball. Playing with rented paintball gear for the first time will provide you with information on which things are uncomfortable, to heavy or just won’t fit you right. This is a great way to find out about paintball gear and the way the game is played.

Experienced Players know that paintball guns are an important factor. Prices can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. So let’s talk about paintball guns there are hundreds of different guns on the market but which ones give you that big advantage. Obviously having a lighter gun will increase your moveability but what about the length of the gun barrel? In my opinion the ideal length of your paintball gun should be around 8 to 14 inches having a barrel any longer really doesn’t provide any advantages. It does not give you more accuracy, makes movability a lot harder and of course the gun it self will be heavier. Take your time when finding a paintball gun ask other gamers which gun they prefer best for there style of game.

The right gear can mean the difference of winning and losing but also more importantly safety. Make sure you find good strong safety gear. Your safety gear should fit your body Comfortably having lose paintball gear can be dangerous especially goggles and your helmet. So make sure you find the right gear to protect yourself and give you the best possible advantage over your opponent, but please remember have fun!! Your, not going to win every game, it’s a team sport you can’t win it by yourself.

I wish you and your friends the best on your next paintball game experience and hope you enjoy the adrenaline rush playing paintball provides.