As many of you know I recently competed in the Omegawave World Triathlon in San Diego. I have done many triathlons but this was my first ocean water triathlon. So, as with any first time experience there is some extra anxiety that goes with it (not to mention travel, flight, putting my bike back together, and stiff competition). In the past I have had a hard time with goggles fogging up, leaking or just not being able to see clearly in the open water. This can cause some stress and make it difficult to swim straight. So, I have been on the hunt to find just the right goggles for openwater swimming. I have tried many different goggles but finally I feel like I have found some that I really love for open water swimming! The new TYR Special Ops have a polarized lens so everything is crystal clear and I didn’t have any problem with them fogging up on me. I absolutely love how they fit from the moment I tried them on. Here are the things I look for when I shop for goggles:
Fit – it needs to feel comfortable on my face (no leaking) – I love the soft hypoallergenic silicone gasket!
Range of view – good broad field of vision so I can see everything around me
Mirrored – these are best for cutting down the glare off the water on a sunny day
Durability – I want something that is going to last and not break on me (I’m not the easiest on my gear, just as my husband). Plus I need some scratch resistance since I’m in a rush in transition.
Anti-fog – I don’t want to have to stop and rub off the fog while I am swimming. So anti-fog is a must.
Split headstrap – This helps me customize my fit and ensures they will stay on in a crowded start
Color – okay, so I am a girl, I like my goggle color to match my swim suit and other gear. (Race tip: If you feel like you look good you will go faster – wink, wink)
They have red, blue, black and pink (don’t you love this one?! TYR will donate $5 to the BCRF)
Just keep swimming!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
Aka Blonde Runner