swimming in a wetsuit vs pool

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steview
Does anyone else feel slower in a wetsuit than in the pool?

I'm consistently 10secs/100m slower in a wetsuit over distance compared to my pool swim times. I know there is the possibility of sighting issues and chop slowing me down but in conditions like last night and last week which was calm. I would expect to be quicker. I feel like I have loss of feel for the water and the wetsuit effects my technique.

I'm even considering getting a sleeveless as its becoming embarrassing. Anyone else experience the same issues?

Cheers

Steve

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valplace
No..I am always faster as I don't use my kick very effectively in the pool and don't kick at all in wetsuit but as I am more buoyant so I have less drag and therefore considerably quicker.
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steview
Thanks Val. I expect most people are quicker. From reading up it seems its more common than you might think. Annoying for me. no free speed!
PaulBW
few points-you gain speed on the turns in a pool-how accurate are your open water distance measurements-lots of pool swimmers drop technique in open water
so coaching will help.
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steview
Thanks Paul. All good points. My measurements could be off as I am relying on gps after all. But I do chop and change between wrist and swim cap for the watch and there is not much difference between the 2. I'm still toying with the sleeveless as I just don't like the feel of a wetsuit around my shoulders.
Sam Begg
I'm also a good 3-4 seconds per 100m slower in a wetsuit than the pool. I find I get shoulder pain or lactate build up much quicker than I begin to get aerobically limited while in a wetsuit. I'm trying a new wetsuit with much thinner panels tonight, will let you know how it goes
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steview
Thanks Sam. I'm waiting on a sleeveless to arrive so will be interesting to see the difference. Will not have it for tonight though so will have to compare next week.