Below is a list of some useful tips and tricks to minimize the uncomfortable feelings and the adverse effects that can result from your cold water swimming.
1. Put on a neoprene cap
As you can see, neoprene is more suitable for cold water than regular latex.
Also, you lose plenty of heat through the feet. Neoprene socks can be a good idea. Still, you may desire to use them mostly on your training swims, because they may be a hurry when transitioning to the bike on your race day entails.
2. Wear a wetsuit
Note that it should be a full suit. You know, the sleeveless outfits let heat escape through the armpits. We have learned to do so on the hard way when we have done the Alcatraz swim in over 50-degree water with our sleeveless. By the time we finished, we were in the frostbite’s early stages. Remember, USA Triathlon rules point out that wetsuits are enabled at triathlons with the water temperatures of no more than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Put in your earplugs
If the water decreases below 60 degrees, we think earplugs are necessary—and they manage to keep the core temperature up.
4. Practice your swimming in cold water before your race
Initially, it may be a shock to the system, which can result in a panicked feeling or hyperventilation. You will desire to swim slowly until you can catch the breath. The first time to experience this, it may throw you off. Yet, with practice, you will be familiar with it and can relax into the swim.
5. Blow bubbles before you take off on the swim
Once the cold water hits the face, the shock leads to your lungs to contract. So, you should go waist-deep into your water. Good luck trying!