HOW TO MAKE YOUR COMPETITION SUIT/ TRAINING SUIT LAST LONGER
As we all know competitive swimming suits cost a lot of money and you only get about 10 good swims out of it. If you were buying any other piece of clothing (eg. a shirt) and the store clerk told you that you could only wear that shirt once or twice before you would have to throw it away you’d probably storm out of that store and never go back again.
This is not the case when it comes to swim wear. We all agree that a shaving off a few second on a race is worth the cost of a suit. And some people are even will to pay more if it means winning a goal medal or breaking a record. This is why it is important to take good care of theses race suits. Below, I have outlined a few useful techniques to make swim suits last longer and get more fast swims out of it.
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THE HOT WATER EFFECT
Don’t use hot water to rinse your race suit or training suit. Using hot water will stretch-out the suit and you won’t be able to race in it anymore. I will essentially become a drag suit. What I recommend is to use cold water. Fill a sink with water and place enough ice in it to make it cold. Add a few drops or a few crystals of ascorbic acid (A.K.A. orange juice) into the water and stir for a while. Once you are finish stirring the water add your swim suit to the water and let it soak for about 4-5 mins before taking it out. (Ascorbic acid is a natural chlorine removal agent and I won’t damage your suit.)
THE HANGING EFFECT
Don’t hang your suit up. Hanging your sit up causes it to stretch. It is not as bad as using hot water on your suit, but It will still reduce the life of your suit. The best thing to do is, I picked this up from a friend of mine, lay the suit on a dry towel and place it on the floor. The towel absorbs the moisture form the suit and makes it dry faster.
THE PRESSING EFFECT
If your suit is really wet and you feel the urge to wring it in your towel, DON’T. Twisting the suit like that causes stretching and peeling of the material. Instead, while you have your suit on the floor, use the opposite side of the towel to press or pat the suit to take off any extra moisture that is on the suit.
Don’t wash your clothes in the washing machine. I feel everyone should know this but I am saying it just in case there is someone who does not know this. Please leave your comments and statements below. It will be greatly appreciated.