Member Question: Do I Need a Wetsuit?

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Member Question:

I'm doing my first tri Saturday. It starts at 7 AM and the forecast is calling for a high of 82 (air temp) with a chance of thunderstorms. I've called the race event people, but I can't get a return phone call. Do I need to rush out and get a wetsuit?


Answer:

After the bicycle frame and components, purchasing a wetsuit is the largest expense in triathlon.

During the 1980’s, triathlon events began to permit the use of wetsuits in competition. Benefits include increased buoyancy, expansion of potential workout and race venues; increased safety, and general comfort.

USAT sanctioned races allow wetsuits for races in water 78 degrees or less. Even if the air outside is a bit toasty, it is to your advantage to wear a wetsuit if the water temperature is low enough to allow you to do so. [.....]

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date: August 20, 2008

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I'm at http://www.TriSwimCoach.com- a resource for beginning through intermediate level triathletes looking for help with swimming. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. I have also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” and created "The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD", both available on www.triswimcoach.com.

For a 20% DISCOUNT on Zoomers Z2 fins and Freestyler paddles, go to www.finisinc.com and use discount code ‘aggies20’ at checkout!

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