Did my first open water practice swim today. Went pretty well overall. Certainly not pleasant, but I'm glad I did it. Better to be uncomfortable in practice than in a race. And I definitely have room for improvement.
My big problem, though, was that it only took a few minutes before I completely lost control of my hands. My fingers curled up and wouldn't stay even remotely together. The water was thoroughly frigid (53 F), so I'm sure that's the culprit, but what can I do to combat it? I am probably going to pick up gloves with webbing to help in training, but I suspect I will need a race strategy as well. I'll claw my way though this weekend's sprint in the SF bay, but this is not gonna cut it for HIM.
Perhaps some sort of embrocation? But I'm concerned that will just make a mess of my hands, wetsuit, everything in transition.... Maybe embrocation PLUS a can of oven cleaner to spray them off with in T1. Okay that's probably a bad idea.