Swimfreak Goggles: The Lowdown
I’ve gone on about it on this blog about how learning to swim front crawl this year was no doubt my biggest achievement of the year (and indeed for a long time) and how grateful I am that training for a triathlon gave me the opportunity to learn this new life skill. After the tri I had a month or so off from swimming and generally got a bit lazy about exercise since all my goals for the year were complete. Pressure was off and all that.
However, recently, I’ve got back in the pool and I’m loving it. No longer having a number of lengths I feel like I need to get through (and in a certain time), I’m enjoying the headspace a lunchtime swim gives me. Also, there’s nothing more satisfying than a really hot shower after being in the pool and going back to work with freshly washed hair – yep, I’m worth it. Recently, and seemingly out of no where, I’ve been experiencing some sort of trapped nerve/glute injury that got so bad for me last week that on three evenings I was struggling to walk. After a couple of days of on and off intense pain, I went for a gentle front crawl (the leg motion of breast stoke was an absolute NO NO) and to my relief the whole issue completely loosened up. I’m now really passionate about making sure I’m getting at least one swim in every week for the benefits for both my mind and body.
You don't need much equipment to get in the pool - a cossie and a pair of goggles really, yet since April I’ve already gone through two pairs of goggles. My first pair were a bit cheapo and just didn’t really cut the mustard, and the second pair were a pretty pricey pair of racing Speedo goggles. The latter have lost their reflective lenses (they were starting to scratch away but I accidentally finished them off by putting them through the wash) and I have to press them so hard into my eye sockets that they leave me in pain and with goggle marks lasting for an hour or so after getting out of the pool! Clearly that’s not right.
I jumped at the chance to try out a pair of Swimfreak goggles and they have been a total dream. From the moment I put them on, they are stuck there. And I don’t mean suctioned onto my face like an irritable barnacle a la my current goggles, I mean they just lightly sit there, not letting water in. So working as they should do – a revelation. I readjusted once after one length, and didn’t have to again (and nor have I had to on my other test runs) with no leakage or fogging. No time wasted and no discomfort – I can’t praise them enough.
The goggles are bigger than I’ve been used to, but that felt more comfortable for me and I preferred them from a style perspective because I’m not into that wrap-around sun glasses look.
If you’re already in the market for a new pair of goggles, or when reading this have just clicked that wearing goggs isn’t supposed to hurt then I’d recommend checking out the Swimfreak range. My pair are from the triathlon section as apparently the mirror lenses are better for open water visability (reducing glare) and the frames are robust for dealing with slightly rougher water, but there are other styles, colours and ranges including a kiddies range. My pair come in at £26 and come in a snazzy case with nose clip and ear plugs. Bargain!
Thanks Swimfreak for the goggles, I feel like I've had a new lease of swimming life! (Although Swimfreak kindly sent me the goggles, all views are my own).