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    One day at a time H2OChick's Avatar
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    Will a spring suit suffice?

    Well, water temperatures down here have taken a turn for the worse. I'm doing the Carlsbad Tri on the 10th and I wasn't planning on wearing a wetsuit. But now it seems the temps will be somewhere between 58-63 and I'm not stupid enough to try toughing that out.

    So here's what I'm wondering... I don't have a swimming-specific wetsuit, and I'm really not inclined to buy one (yet.) I do have a spring suit (short sleeves and shorts) that I used to use for surfing though. Think this will be okay? The swim is 1K.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Aquagirl...if I were you, I'd try it out this weekend. My guess it that it will be too restricting. There should be a couple of places down by you that will rent tri-wetsuits for the event. Just tri not to think of what people do in wetsuits What the heck, it's not like you'll be naked underneath.

    I won't be doing the event...I just kept procrastinating...sorry. Good Luck!!!
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    Do NOT use a spring suit. I've been doing triathlons for 4 years and surfing for 10. The wetsuits used for triathlon and surfing are simply not equivalent. A spring suit will be far LESS restrictive than a swim wetsuit because it is designed for flexibility. Unfortunately, it wall also take on a ton of water and slow you down immensely. Its something like the difference between swimming in speedos vs trucks.

    A 1K swim bareback isn't actually that bad. I'm reasonably lean and I did the Strawberry Fields Tri in Ventura on March 3rd without a wetsuit. Not only was it not a problem, I caught almost everyone who beat me on the swim in transition! A buddy of mine did the same thing and was also first out of transition. I think the water temp was 57 degrees. Wearing 2 swim caps helps some.

    Otherwise, just borrow/rent a suit!

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    Ahhh, interesting about taking on water. I hadn't thought of that at all. I'll keep an eye on water temps and make a last minute decision. I'd just as soon not bother with a wetsuit. I've done lots of ocean swimming and never worn one and I'm not inclined to start now! Just out of curiosity, in Ventura in March did you feel cold on the bike, or did it take you long to warm up? Did you wear something besides your swimsuit for the rest of the race? I'm 120 lbs soaking wet (5'6") and I'm worried about getting chilled and then not warming up. Thanks for the two cents, I appreciate it!

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    Actually, I hit the water with so much adrenaline that I felt myself warm up immediately. I remember thinking it was strange (and being relieved). I had a wetsuit with me but choose not to wear it because the swim was supposed to be a 1/4mi. It was grossly miscalculated and (based on previous times) probably a little over 1/2mi. Amazingly, I didn't really have any problems with cold, even on the bike. You could try putting toe warmers on your bike shoes. I don't remember if my feet were numb because they are frequently numb off the bike anyways.

    Oh yeah, I raced in one of the zoot one piece (swim suit style w/out legs) suits. It should be pretty warm out on sunday. It make work in your favor becuase you won't waste time taking off a suit and you will be less likely to overheat on the run.

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    Strawberry Fields without a wetsuit?!?!?!?!?!? You're and animal.

    I agree about not being cold on the bike...I'm not sure why as that morning was overcast and not very warm. Must have been adrenaline.

    I think the swim was only 1/4 mile. The swim times were high because of the high surf and major undertow on the way back in. I remember I kept sighting and thinking "I haven't gotten any closer."
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbruin
    Strawberry Fields without a wetsuit?!?!?!?!?!? You're and animal.

    I agree about not being cold on the bike...I'm not sure why as that morning was overcast and not very warm. Must have been adrenaline.

    I think the swim was only 1/4 mile. The swim times were high because of the high surf and major undertow on the way back in. I remember I kept sighting and thinking "I haven't gotten any closer."
    Did you really think there was that much surf? I even body surfed a little bit, but I remember the first bouy looking suspiciously far out to sea. I think I swam something ridiculous like 12 minutes for the 1/4mi and I usually post 22min for a mile! The run, however, was seriously short to make up for it. As much as I wish I could run that fast, the 1st and 2nd place gals logged around 17min for the "5K" which seems less than plausible.

    Actually I appreciate the overcast. I don't sweat much and really overheat when I race in the desert. I usually have to toss 2 cups of water over my head at every aid station!

    Curious what other races we have crossed paths at.

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