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Subject: My first triathlon is this Saturday
Hi! I'm new to the world of triathlons and I'm participating in my first one this Saturday. It's a sprint distance (kind of) with a 1/2 mile swim, 20 mile bike and 4 mile run. We've done 2 mock tris so far with my tri training group and my times are around 1:20 for a 1/3 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 3 mile run. I am stronger in swimming and cycling than I am running, even though I just started the swimming and hopped on a road bike for the first time in my life about 2 months ago (I've been running for about 2 years except for the 4 months I was injured and had subsequent knee surgery). My conundrum is this....I have two wetsuits. A full sleeves/full length one and a sleeveless, short length one. I cannot decide if I should wear the long one since that's the one I've done most of our OWS in (I live near Lake Tahoe, which is quite chilly). I feel like I am a faster swimmer in the full length one vs. the short length one. The water temps are expected to be around 70-72 degrees and wetsuits are allowed. What is everyone's suggestions regarding this? I'm such a newbie and some of the girls I've been training with aren't even wearing wetsuits at all. Help! :-)



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2013-09-05 4:53 PM
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Sorry, I am in Florida and wetsuits aren't really something I know anything about.  Just wanted to say good luck and have fun!
2013-09-05 5:14 PM
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Wear what you have been practicing in!  As the saying goes: "Nothing new on race day".
2013-09-05 5:17 PM
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Buoyancy of the suit makes you faster. You've been training in the full. Wear the full.
Rule #1: NEVER DO ANYTHING NEW ON RACE DAY
'nuff said.
2013-09-05 6:23 PM
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What the others have said - wear the full since you've been training in it.
That being said - have fun and enjoy your first tri!!
2013-09-05 7:02 PM
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Gooooooooooo! Remember to enjoy it, all of it. Setting up transition, getting there early, all the athletes and finishing. Run your race at your pace. don't worry about what pace everyone else is going.

Have a great time and you are now a TRIATHLETE.


2013-09-05 7:38 PM
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+1 on wearing what you've been training in. Good luck on your race! My guess is that after you finish this one you'll have many more oppy's to try the other wetsuit.
2013-09-05 9:26 PM
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Wear the suit. Ditto about nothing new on race day but it the buoyancy and reduced friction will make you faster.

Enjoy every minute!
2013-09-05 10:41 PM
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Full sleeve just like everyone else said. Have fun because it is FUN!
2013-09-06 1:39 AM
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Yup, go with the full-sleeved.

Good luck, have fun, and remember to smile the whole way round
2013-09-06 6:54 AM
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I wish I could wear my full suit tomorrow in my sprint but the water here in South Carolina is still around 80.  Wear your full suit and enjoy the day.  It's going to be in the mid 60s here tomorrow morning and should be perfect racing weather.


2013-09-06 10:29 AM
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Subject: RE: My first triathlon is this Saturday
Thanks, everyone! I will wear the full wetsuit and not worry what others may think or how many are not wearing a wetsuit at all. I am one of the faster girls in my group, right behind my coach and a girl who swam competitively. I suck at running so I make up as much time as a I can on the bike because I KNOW I will get passed during my running (I average 10-10:30 per mile). It's nice to finally be in the middle of the pack as opposed to the bottom so I am thinking more triathlons are in my future. I can only get better in the swimming and cycling since I've only been doing both for about 2 months. I'm looking at an Olympic Distance next May and there is a women only Half Ironman distance in July over in Napa Valley that I'm eyeballing. I love, love, love being on my bike and can see myself doing many more miles on it than 20. And I've done 7 half marathons so I know I can muddle my way through 13.1. The hard part will be putting it all together! This board is great and thank you again for all your responses!
2013-09-06 10:36 AM
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above all -- HAVE FUN!!!
2013-09-06 11:12 AM
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Enjoy every minute! :D
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