This article will talk about HOW TO HANDLE PATAGONMAN COLD WATER. From the gear you need all the way to transition 2.
We expect water temperature between 10 and 12° C. Also, the fjord can be very choppy and with lots of current or even waves. So swimming in these conditions for an extended period of time requires especial gear and preparation.
- In terms of gear, full wetsuits are mandatory. If the water temperature is below 12 degrees Celsius, neoprene caps will be mandatory as well. All neoprene caps, socks, gloves and heat vest are always optional. Battery heated vests and webbed globes are not permitted in any case. Your Patagonman swimming cap and Patagonman swimming buoys (that we will provide you) will be mandatory to wear for safety reasons.
- We recommend you try your equipment many times before race day and remember that you can always use the Facebook Group to discuss the best equipment hacks with other athletes. This include the use of Vaseline, Duct tape and so many tricks that people have been using during the last years.
- In terms of preparation, try to practice your breathing on both sides as this could be useful if the conditions are rough. Try to swim in open water as much as possible, as the fjord can be hardly similar to a swimming pool. Since you will swim in the dark with very little points of reference, your navigation skills will be tested in Patagonia!
- Start preparing yourself for the cold temperature with anticipation. Some people go and practice in very cold water, some take cold showers daily and others use the classic ice bath. This is also a good topic to discuss in the Facebook Group.
- If the fjord is choppy your strength will be crucial, so the paddle drills and the exercises with elastic bands are be something important you should work on.
- Finally, remember that this is a long race. Take your time in T1, get well hydrated despite the cold temperatures, eat well, recover some body temperature and make sure you are not making any mistake that you will end up paying later on the run. Many people didn’t hydrate nor eat well during the first half of the race last year and they paid the price on the final stretch not being able to finish.
Stay safe and keep training!