Wetsuit or Not?


Do you wear a wetsuit for open water swimming (OWS)?  This past season I borrowed a wetsuit from dear Roz and used it for my one and only open water training swim. I was so busy focusing on the process that I can’t say how the suit felt. I decided not to wear it for either of my first two sprints.  Would it have made a difference? I’m not sure. My swim performances were less than stellar. Especially since I swim four to five says a week in the summer. But I wasn’t tired in either swim. Just slow. They both took longer than they should but I attribute that to poor training on my part. I was so freaked about riding that I concentrated on that and let my swimming kind of go.

The people who I know that swear by wetsuits see swimming as the necessary evil of triathlon. Like I feel on the bike, I just want to get it done. Don’t care how it looks just do it. So would the added buoyancy have made me faster? I doubt it. So will I get a wetsuit next season? Probably because I intend to do one earlier and one later that last season and the water may be chilly. We’ll see. What do you think?

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I love all things craft related. I knit, crochet and needlepoint and make beautiful things. I see a future of limitless possibilities in the world of craft!

Posted on October 21, 2014, in Challenges, Moving Forward, triathlon and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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