Wetsuit practice

Three of us took our wetsuits to the pool today, put them on, and swam in them. Andie looked very efficient and athletic, but she should probably get another suit with a little room for growth.

The session was partly to learn how to put the DeSoto suits on efficiently, partly to check the fit, and partly to practice swimming in them. My wetsuit is too tight: it took me about 40 minutes to put it on, and that was with getting into the water and trying to get some water between me and it. I don’t know if it was the wetsuit technology or my iron supplements, but I was consistently faster than usual.

Coach Kelvin supervised and gave us some easy workouts. Distance, about 500 yards.

Coach Kelvin

Coach Kelvin


Open-water swim, Cherry Beach, August 25

After finishing up a few things at work, I arrived late for swimming. The water was quite cool, but refreshing rather than painful.

I brought my new De Soto wetsuit to the beach and spent what seemed like forever – probably about 30 minutes – working my way into the suit. The De Soto folks thought that the suit would be long on me but I had to pull it up to the bottoms of my calves in order, on the third concerted effort, to get the crotch of the pants up to where it should be. The sleeves were a little long – but I don’t think I ever got it properly onto my shoulders. The chest area is a huge uniboob. By the time the suit was half on, I was sweating – and that made it harder to put it on. I should have just stepped further into the water and gotten it wet inside.

By the time I had the suit on, the other swimmers were almost ready to come in for the evening. However, I did try the suit. It’s very buoyant. As advertised, the pants are more buoyant than the top, giving a lot of lift to the hips. I didn’t have to swim, just sit in the water. And swimming was a matter of pushing myself forward. Distance, perhaps 300 yards.

Officially it’s too late to return the suit, but I think I’ll call and see if I can exchange at least the bottom for a larger size.


My two-piece wetsuit has arrived. It seems nice and light.

I haven’t tried it on yet: maybe tomorrow.


woman in wetsuit, standing on grassy shoreI want a new, larger wetsuit as I am 20 pounds over the stated size range of the one I have. It’s a nice suit, a Nineteen made by Enduro Sports in Toronto. But it was the largest they had… It takes about 15 minutes to put it on and it’s tight, tight, tight and drags everywhere.

Yesterday we went to D’Ornella’s on Lawrence Avenue and looked at their wetsuits. But their XL offered only 5 pounds more in its range. So I think we’ll be ordering one of the DeSoto Sports two-piece T1 suits online.

wetsuit from DeSoto

wetsuit from DeSoto

Bought a wet suit

Faced with renting an old clunker of a wetsuit or buying a more elastic suit that it seems possible to get into without an assistant, I took the more expensive course and just bought one. It was on sale, too.

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New phone

Samsung m510 phoneToday I did my errands, picked up new bank cards and a new phone to replace the one I dropped off the Gardiner Expressway last week.

Wanted: a barrel sauna

It would make me think of hobbits–Finnish hobbits: installing the barrel sauna.

Barrel Sauna