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Subject: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)
arm warmers during the swim with a sleeveless wetsuit?

At IM CDA, I wore them in the water, but under a full sleeve wetsuit and it was awesome. Saved me at least 1-2 frustrating minutes of pulling them up in T1.

Am I crazy to try this with a sleeveless wetsuit? (Note: Air temp at the start of the race will be in the high 40's.)


2013-09-13 6:58 AM
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Subject: RE: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)
Never done it - I think mine would bunch up.
2013-09-13 7:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)
They'd have to be really tight (as in compression-style) or they will bunch up/slide down, esp. if you get any contact in the swim. I tried this last winter (not in a race, though) when I was getting over an elbow injury. (I train in an outdoor pool in Oregon, in the winter, at temps down to the mid-20's, with a sleeveless shorty wetsuit to keep me from dying between sets on en route to/from the pool although water is probably close to 80 degrees).) Thought it would keep my arm warm and give some support but the warmers weren't tight enough to stay in place and were just a nuisance. If you have bigger arms, you might be able to find some that would work, though.
2013-09-13 8:33 AM
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Subject: RE: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)
id imagine they will hold water and get quite heavy if they manage to stay on, and they won't work very well as warmers if they are soaking wet on the bike
2013-09-13 8:34 AM
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When you put them on in T1, do you start with them rolled up? The one race where I wore arm warmers, I rolled them up into little donuts and stuck them on my aerobars, then in T1 I put them on like bracelets very quickly, and once I was rolling on the bike I smoothed them up over my arms easy peasy.
2013-09-13 8:41 AM
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Subject: RE: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)

Wouldn't wet arm warmers be chillier on the bike until they dry out?  That might take a while if the temps are in the 40's.  Seems like it would kind of defeat the purpose.

Sounds like something you might want to test out before trying it in a race.

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2013-09-13 9:22 AM
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I am not 100% sure that it would be legal. There have been instances in the past where people were forced to take off calf sleeves for non wet suit legal swims. I am not sure that arm warmers would be any more legal (recongnizing that it is a wet suit legal swim and this doesn't make much sense). Best to check first.
2013-09-13 9:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)

Purpose?

Do you think wet arm warmers will help you keep warm?

2013-09-13 9:38 AM
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Ziplock up your tri top is cheap, easy vest to keep your core warm.


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2013-09-13 9:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)

Originally posted by paxsarah When you put them on in T1, do you start with them rolled up? The one race where I wore arm warmers, I rolled them up into little donuts and stuck them on my aerobars, then in T1 I put them on like bracelets very quickly, and once I was rolling on the bike I smoothed them up over my arms easy peasy.

This is what I've done before and it works like a charm - just be sure to have them pre-rolled in T1 and it's not a whole lot of time/hassle to just throw them over your wrists until you can roll them up over your arms.

I have no idea about the legality of wearing them for the swim, but I'd have to think that if you want them for warmth, the last thing you'd want to do is also wear them for the swim. 

2013-09-13 10:42 AM
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Subject: RE: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)
Pre-rolling is key. Put them on in T1 like bracelets, roll them up your arm while on the bike. Practice once or twice (with your bike experience, you could probably practice on front of the TV - or putting green).


2013-09-13 11:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Has anyone worn ... (urgent ? for Sunday's race)

Originally posted by pga_mike arm warmers during the swim with a sleeveless wetsuit? At IM CDA, I wore them in the water, but under a full sleeve wetsuit and it was awesome. Saved me at least 1-2 frustrating minutes of pulling them up in T1. Am I crazy to try this with a sleeveless wetsuit? (Note: Air temp at the start of the race will be in the high 40's.)

Given that the race is probably Savageman, roll them up beforehand and put them on in T1. THEN go out the bike.

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