PRODUCT REVIEW: FREE COUNTRY PERFORMANCE SWIMSUITS

I’m a typical runner, which is to say that I’m not much of a swimmer.  Still, I aspire to be a swimmer, and one sure-fire way to get me motivated to practice a new sport is, of course, to get me loaded up with new gear.  This led me to the Free Country Aqua Tech series and their Geo Diamond Board swimsuit.

What attracted me first to this product was that this was a high-performance swim suit that wasn’t skin-tight.  For those of us who like to leave a little to the imagination, and perhaps also wear our sports clothing as casual wear when getting a post-workout smoothie or snack, a pair of loose-fitting swim trunks is a must.  Free Country’s Geo Diamond Board swimsuit fit the bill.

In many ways, this swim suit felt like running shorts.  It’s lightweight, breathable and stretchable, with an elastic band in the back and drawstring closure in the front.  As with running shorts, it also has a mesh lining and an interior pocket for keys and cash, with a velcro closure.  There’s also a larger exterior zippered pocket which, as an added bonus, also serves as a pouch to fold the entire swimsuit into for easy storage.

Botom Line: will you see this swimsuit on any Olympic athletes?  Not likely.  Will you see them on me?  Yes.  And better still, right now they’re discounted online by almost two-thirds.  Check out www.freecountry.com/categories/mens/mens-swimwear.

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About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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