While swimming goggles may seem like a simple bit of triathlon equipment, there are a lot of things to look out for and they could make or break your race or swim competition. Sundried’s triathlon swimming goggle guide is here to help you select the right swim goggles for you, as well as giving advice on fitting, style, and lenses.
Fitting your swim goggles
The most essential part of choosing a pair of swim goggles is checking the fit. Everyone has a differently shaped face and so what works for some may not work for you. If the eye cups are large, they are more likely to fit a wider range of people. However, a lot of triathlon swim goggles feature a smaller, sleeker eye socket, which will need to be checked to make sure they fit your face.
Especially if you’re going to be racing in an open water swim, you need to make sure your vision is a good as possible, so making sure your goggles fit properly and do not leak is paramount. Check that your goggles have an adjustable nose bridge and if you’re not sure about the fit, opt for ones with larger eye cups.
Swim Goggles Shape
Secondly, the shape of your goggles is also important as it can hugely affect their comfort on your face as well as your performance. If you’re a serious athlete for whom every second counts, your goggles can make a surprising impact on this as they can affect drag in the water. Put simply, the less bulky the goggles, the less drag you will experience and the more speed you will be able to achieve. If speed is your primary goal, look for goggles that sit within your eye socket and are streamlined in design. The Sundried Pacific goggles are the best ones for you in this instance. It is important to note, however, that this can impact comfort and these types of goggles may not be as comfortable as others.
If your race features an open water swim with a mass start, you’re probably already aware that you need to expect to be bashed about by other swimmers. If your goggles have a bigger seal, they are less likely to become dislodged and this will mean a much better swim. In this case, the Sundried Legend goggles are best for you as they have a bulkier frame and more secure seal.
Triathlon Swim Goggles Lenses
The lenses of your swim goggles are the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to performing well and achieving your goals whether you’re in the pool, lake, or sea. There are different types of lenses on the market, and Sundried have two on offer- polarised and mirror.
Polarised lenses are popular among products such as sunglasses and ski goggles as they reduce glare from the water and snow meaning visibility is greatly increased. If your triathlon features an open water swim in a sunny country, polarised lenses are the ones for you as they will reduce the glare of the sun on the surface of the water, meaning you are less likely to be blinded by the light and will be able to see better and focus on your swim performance.
Mirrored lenses work by dimming the light around you, meaning they’re perfect if you swim in an outdoor pool abroad somewhere sunny or if you practise a lot of backstroke. These lenses are not so good if you do a lot of swimming in indoor pools as your visibility will be reduced.
All of the Sundried swim goggles feature anti-fog technology and UV protection.
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If you're training for a multi-sport event like a duathlon or triathlon, you need to be doing brick workouts. We answer all your questions from what they are to why you should be doing them and the benefits.
What is a brick workout?
A brick workout is a training session in which you do two disciplines back to back with no rest. For example, you may do a bike ride followed by a run, or a swim followed by a bike ride. The most common brick workout for duathletes and triathletes is the bike to run brick workout, as this is where the race is won or lost, and running off the bike is the one that catches most people out.
If you have never done a multi-sport event before, your body won't be used to the feeling of doing multiple disciplines back to back. You need to acclimatise your body to this type of stress and also to get accustomed mentally to running with legs that don't feel like they belong to you!
Why is it called a brick workout?
The jury is still out on this one! If you were to ask 100 triathletes why they think it's called a brick workout, chances are you'd get quite a few different answers. The most widely accepted reasoning is because your legs feel like bricks after finishing this type of workout. However, other people say it's because you are stacking two disciplines on top of each other like bricks, or even that it's a fun acronym for Bike Run It Can Kill!
How to do a brick workout
As with everything, it's important to start small and work your way up. If you are going to do a bike to run brick workout, do a longer bike ride of, say, 1 hour, and then do a shorter run of only 10 or 15 minutes. The key is to have as little rest in between sessions as possible, with none at all being optimum. On race day, you want your transitions to be seamless and short, so practising at home is a great way to get used to this.
When doing a bike to run brick workout at home, have your running kit ready to go for when you get back from your bike ride, just like you would on race day. If you are going to practice a swim to bike brick, you could easily cycle to the swimming pool and then cycle back afterwards.
How important are brick workouts?
Brick workouts have many benefits, not only for race day but also for your conditioning and general fitness. Doing two different disciplines back to back keeps things fresh and will really crank up the calorie burn. You will be able to do a longer session without it feeling boring as you won't just be pounding the pavements for 2 hours, you will be changing from one sport to another.
Another benefit of brick workouts is that it will be more of a full body workout and therefore condition your body better. If you go from swimming to cycling, you will be working your upper body hard in the pool and your lower body hard on the bike, therefore getting a more all-round workout and improving your tone all over.
Apart from that, brick workouts are extremely important for multi-sport events. You will need to get your body used to being under stress for a long period of time and to be able to keep your technique sound when fatigued. Running off the bike is a strange feeling and you need to be able to do it without thinking too hard. Brick workouts are also important as they will help you to pace and know what your body is going to feel like on race day.
Brick training for beginners
An effective brick session is more about the transition than anything else. If you are training for a sprint triathlon, you don't need to be doing 3 hour brick sessions and killing yourself. Build up slowly by doing a short cycle followed by a short run and go from there.
What is an Ironman Triathlon? How is it different from any other triathlon? We look into the massively popular endurance sport.
Ironman is a trademarked brand and is a specific family of triathlon events that take place all over the globe. Many people mistake the term Ironman for a specific triathlon distance, but not all full distance triathlons are Ironman events.
There are several different triathlon organisations across the globe. British Triathlon is the main governing body in the UK and oversees triathlon races from local to world qualifying races. ITU Triathlon is the International Triathlon Union and is the international governing body for many different multi-sport events from triathlon and duathlons to aquathlons and other non-standard multi-sport variations.
On the other hand, Ironman is a privately owned brand and only incorporates the standard swim-bike-run triathlon in two distances: the full Ironman and the half Ironman (also known as the 70.3). A triathlon of this distance that isn't organised by the Ironman brand is known as a middle distance triathlon.
Finally, the other main family of triathlon organisers is the Challenge Family whose biggest race is Challenge Roth in Germany. This is also a full distance triathlon, but as it is not organised by Ironman, it would not be called an Ironman triathlon.
400m swim - 10km bike - 2.5km run
750m swim - 20km bike - 5km run
Standard Distance (also known as Olympic Distance)
1500m swim - 40km bike - 10km run
Middle Distance (also known as Half Ironman, also known as 70.3)
2.5km swim - 80km bike - half marathon run
Full Distance (also known as Full Ironman, also known as 140.6)
3.8km swim - 180km bike - full marathon run
Half Ironman events are a great way to get into the sport without making such a huge step up from standard distance triathlons. This is probably the most common event for novices and amateur athletes to enter, and can still count towards points for the Full Ironman World Championships. There are many big 70.3 races across the globe.
This 70.3 race is always very popular with British athletes as it is in a convenient location and provides stunning backdrops and great weather for racing. Several Sundried ambassadors have competed in Lanzarote and it also provides a training camp for amateur athletes who want to improve in the sport.
A new race has recently begun in Tenby, Wales and offers a few different distance options. There is the Tenby Long Course weekend in which athletes complete the full Iron distance but over three days, completing the swim on the first day, the bike on the second, and the marathon on the third. This is a great way to break down the tough sport and give more athletes a chance of completing the full event before tackling all three disciplines on the same day.
Ironman WeymouthIronman Weymouth is one of the most popular 70.3 locations in the UK as it is easily accessible and is a great way to transition from shorter triathlons into the bigger ones.
Full Ironman Events
This is the location of Ironman UK, the biggest Ironman event in the country and the main British qualifier for the Ironman World Championships.
Ironman Kona (Hawaii)
The Ironman World Championships are held annually in Kona, Hawaii. This is the biggest Ironman event in the world and is the ultimate goal of many triathletes. Chrissie Wellington is an English triathlete who has won the Ironman World Championships four times and is therefore one of the most prominent names in the world of multi-sport.
Triathlons aren’t all just swimming, cycling, and running. From blackouts to ice baths, Sam Mileham tells Sundried what it takes to represent Great Britain as an age group triathlete.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, from a young age I always did some sort of sport whether it was football, swimming, or running; I always enjoyed getting involved in sport.
What made you decide to enter a triathlon?
I can’t actually remember what made me get into triathlon but I know my first race was when I was 9. I’m pretty sure my dad had started doing them around the same time and he suggested I try one. I gave it a try and have not stopped since!
What’s been your best race to date?
That’s a tough one…I think my best result would have to be 10th at the 2016 European Triathlon Championships. I didn't have the best winter's preparation so it really set my season up well and it was also one of my main goals for the year to finish in the top 10 in Europe, so to achieve that was a brilliant start to the year.
And your proudest achievement?
I think this has to be being shortlisted two years running for 220 magazine's ‘Young Triathlete of the Year’. In 2016 I can remember how shocked I was to see myself on the list and when I saw my name on the list this year I was equally amazed and very proud to have been on that list.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
My toughest race was definitely in close contention for my best race but it did contain a slight disaster. Mexico, Cozumel, 38C, 2016 World Championships, I was in 9th place with 500m to go. Then I blacked out, I remember being on the floor and then in the ice bath. I managed to get myself across the line in what ended up being 35th place but I don't remember the final 500m at all. It was a great race, a tough race, with a small disaster at the end!
How do you overcome setbacks?
Thinking about it no one has ever asked me this before. For now I would say that the answer is in the question before. If I get injured, or ill, or have a few bad training sessions, I just think of what I am capable of before disaster struck. I know the performance and the times are in me so I always remember that and what I want to go and do at this year's World Championships: to finish in the top 10 without collapsing!
What is the best piece of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Simply, trust the process.
It’s a long winter. You can have so many ups and downs but trust it will work and you will enter summer in the best shape possible.
What are your goals for 2017?
I have a few goals for this year for sure. First would be to achieve a medal at the European Aquathlon Championships, then finish in the top 5 at the European Triathlon Championships and Top 10 at the World Championships. I will also compete in the British Junior Elite Super Series so I’m hoping for a really good ranking at the end of the year as it is my last year as a junior. My final goal is to do my best in my A-Levels!
Who do you take your inspiration from?
I take a lot of inspiration from all the people around me. I train with many different groups of people of all abilities who all have different stories to tell. How they've got to where they are, how they currently train, what they plan to do, and all of them inspire me to do my best and to keep chasing my goals. All of them train the hardest they can to get to where they want to be and being around them makes me want to do exactly the same.
What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of our kit?
It is rare to see a brand push so much about how their kit is made and that is what sets Sundried apart. Everything they do has the smallest carbon footprint. From the design to the manufacture, distribution, use, and disposal. You could say triathlon is a low carbon sport, so why not wear low carbon clothing.
Who doesn’t like a good T-shirt, more importantly, a stylish, comfortable t-shirt? I really like the Olperer Men's Training T-Shirt - it ticks all the boxes for me!
Lilian is an actress who also competes in triathlons.
How did you first get into triathlon?
On my first theatre tour one of the actors and I decided we needed a challenge. We signed up for a triathlon together so we could keep each other going when training got tough.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
I think the Slateman in Wales. I only decided to do it at short notice and got a slight injury before hand. I was totally out of my comfort zone but the views were amazing!
What is your proudest achievement?
Cycling around the coast of Scotland. It was so mentally tough, but I'm so proud that I managed to carry on.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
I may have missed a bit of a cycle leg due to some confusing signage.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I just remember that I am lucky to be able to do it, where so many others can’t.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, just do you.
What are your goals?
To keep fit enough so I can still train when I’m old. And maybe an Ironman.
Who inspires you?
Friends, family, athletes, and anyone who is willing to give it a go.
Why work with Sundried?
Sundried make great active wear made with triathlon in mind, whilst trying to be as sustainable and ethical as possible. Sundried fits in with my ethos to be more conscious of my impact on the environment.
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