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Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
CREATED: 09/03/13 by TDPrange REPLIES: 16
TDPrange's ravatar TDPrange    JOINED: 1/14/13    POSTS: 74
Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/03/13 11:23 AM

For those of us that don't have our own wetsuits I was wondering if folks were thinking the race will be wetsuit legal or not this weekend. Personally, I would prefr to use one if legal but would rather not spend the money on the rental the water temps are going to be too warm. That and it is just one less thing to get to the start line.

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 403
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/03/13 11:28 AM

I wouldn't count on it being wetsuit legal, temps have been in the 80s.

water temp conditions can be found HERE

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 983
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/03/13 11:52 AM

Maybe with the cooler temps coming this week, the water temp will drop. It just needs to get to 78.

Or we could just dump buckets of ice upstream from the swim shortly before they take the official water temp. :)

IronMike's ravatar IronMike    JOINED: 6/11/13    POSTS: 48
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/03/13 12:43 PM

Swim naked. Like you (TDPrange) said, one less thing. And water in the 70's is not cold. ;)

pmart15's ravatar pmart15    JOINED: 12/14/09    POSTS: 129
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/04/13 9:05 AM

I predict a wetsuit swim, the water temp has been plummeting!!! Ok just a few degrees but we have some mid-50 degree nights ahead.

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 403
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/04/13 9:06 AM

Goodness, at that rate I might have to get out my dry-suit!

I hope it does continue to plummet!

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 983
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/06/13 8:17 AM

It's still dropping! Water is currently sub 78F, so it's wetsuit legal! YAY! :::^)::

IronMike's ravatar IronMike    JOINED: 6/11/13    POSTS: 48
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/06/13 8:53 AM

OMG, sub 78 is so wonderfully warm!

Context is everything. ;)

chucifer    JOINED: 3/14/13    POSTS: 6
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/06/13 10:52 AM

78* is borderline roasting in a full wetsuit.

Is it legal to just swim with a pair of DeSoto Speedtubes? ie: just the bottoms of a 2 piece suit?

pmart15's ravatar pmart15    JOINED: 12/14/09    POSTS: 129
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/06/13 1:46 PM

I think so. Note the word think. I have seen lots of things at Nations in my one year doing it. I saw a guy towing a noodle, "just in case". I've seen a forward facing snorkel. I bet your tubes are allowed. Absolute worst case you wouldn't be eligible for AG awards.

pmart15's ravatar pmart15    JOINED: 12/14/09    POSTS: 129
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/07/13 9:53 AM

Current water temp, a bone chilling 76!

astolz1's ravatar astolz1    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 547
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/07/13 10:35 AM

Just announced at The Nations Tri expo, water temp is 77 deg (wetsuit legal), as of now.

brucefan    JOINED: 12/6/12    POSTS: 19
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/07/13 5:36 PM

So does it get really hot to wear a full sleeve wetsuit in 75-77 degree water? I've only worn them in races with cold water (<65 degrees). Trying to weigh the benefits of buoyancy vs. overheating. Thanks.

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 983
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/07/13 7:10 PM

Depending on how long it takes you to do the 1500m swim, I would probably say no, you won't overheat in that amount of time. But if it takes you more than hour, maybe you will.

mjraugust's ravatar mjraugust    JOINED: 12/15/11    POSTS: 105
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/08/13 4:59 AM

Official word from the site 79.6 degrees, not wetsuit legal. :(

benno61    JOINED: 12/27/12    POSTS: 11
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/08/13 5:10 AM

Mr. August - Can you provide a link? I don't see it on the website.

Thanks,

Ben

melshutson's ravatar melshutson    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 17
RE: Nations Tri: Wetsuit or not to Wetsuit?
POSTED: 9/23/13 10:14 PM

Just rejoined DC Tri. I opted for the wetsuit this year and it worked out fine. I went for speed and finished in 25:32, which was 1st place (out of 137) for the "men's wetsuit division." I just don't like swimming in open water without a wetsuit. Speed + Fear :)

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