Are wetsuits really necessary -yes --another valuable race tool
Ever since their introduction into triathlon & onto multisport events they have been constantly evolving into a necessary piece of race equipment. The perceived resistance is often more about getting them off than what the actual benefits are.
A few tips when preparing to put on ,is all it takes plus a correct fitting suit (for size or your type of stroke ) --and then enjoy your swims after you have swum 3 -4 times in your new wetsuit ...just as you would treat a new bike or new runners..."by swimming it in"
Out top 8 tips:
1. Speed increase via better body position & sliding motion from the neoprene in the water , so reducing drag resistance & thus a faster time or even PB.
2. The longer the event-the more energy saving in your every swim stroke .With any weather safety issues ahead - an event organiser may often make wetsuits compulsory in an open water swim .
3. Warmth for body pre-bike or other -especially on any cold /windy race day
4. Sleeveless suit options available for those with big shoulders or a very wide swinging type of stroke .
5. Sometimes get bit of anxiety /claustrophobic with a suit ?? -then choose one with chest expansion ribbing design ,or even go sleeveless to assist this .
6. Just coat inside of your wetsuit ankle and wrists area with one of the anti chaff products ( Glide or 2Toms ) .This gives you a faster release (T1) as well as a less stressful wrestle when putting the suit on pre event.
7. Use a vice grab with your fingers on the neoprene to prevent those fingernail tears---or better still--use gloves .
8 Rinse out afterwards in Cold Water- allow to dry in the shade (not direct sun) and X fold arms/legs to store .( if hanging -only use a proper supplied hanger as normal ones can create "out of shape stretching" on shoulder points )