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said: Head position is not just about keeping your cap on your head. When a person is looking forward it actually causes their hips to drop and makes their shoulders work harder. I think that when swimming across the English Channel, you will need to conserve all the energy you can!
Head position is not just about keeping your cap on your head. When a person is looking forward it actually causes their hips to drop and makes their shoulders work harder. I think that when swimming across the English Channel, you will need to conserve all the energy you can!
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tiny head here. I use latex and hope for the best. It's fantastic to swim with your head down, but I know for swims without a kayak I do a lot of sighting and thats when my cap starts to slip- especially the silicone ones. My sighting is probably poor and inefficient though!
I like a silicone cap because it doesn't pull my hair and it's warmer. I shave my sideburns and about an inch and a half of the hair on the back of my neck, which helps my cap stay on and keeps the hair pulling to a minimum. I get weird comments about my "haircut" and end up explaining that it's a "sport specific haircut". In salt water, I put body glide on the back of my neck (messy with hair) at the edge of my cap to prevent chafing. I've gone out for swims of an hour in rough water and when I got out, most of my hair was actually dry.
If you have a small head, there are lots of kid-sized silicone caps and usually they have the most awesome designs and colors. Speedo and TYR both make silicone caps for long hair, so if you have a big bun or pony tail that makes your cap come off, they might be worth a try.
It's always a bad hair day when you work at a pool.
I prefer latex caps, but found that "Mack's" silicone earplugs helped me out considerably.
The best cap is the one that stays on. Or the one that you can take off and put on if needed. Or the one that the RD says you MUST wear., even if it's ugly or badly fitting .. Worse one? A light blue cap given to EVERYONE at a Trans-Tahoe swim in the early 80's. Heads disappeared in 5 min in the blue of Lake Tahoe.
Someone wasn't thinking that one through
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