The race season is having a chilly start. Athletes heading to Ironman Coeur d'Alene in a few short weeks have been given notice that the current water temperature is 49 degrees Fahrenheit. By race day on June 22, swim water temperature predictions range from low 50s to low 60s.
Neoprene caps are recommended. Though normally not allowed, there is a chance that neoprene socks will be allowed.
Action at the ITU World Championships in Vancouver, Canada got underway yesterday. The juniors raced in cold conditions and pouring rain. Today, age groupers from around the world raced for world titles at the sprint distance. Video and photos can be found here. This is also the location to watch live coverage of the rest of the weekend's events.
With all of these cold races, seems there is a need for fur-lined wetsuits and tri suits?
Those of you following the elite racing know that Hunter Kemper pulled out of Worlds due to an injury. I read an update on his injury and he writes, "I am disappointed to report that I have been diagnosed with a small inguinal hernia in my lower right abdomen/groin. I have been dealing with the symptoms from this hernia since mid-February."
He goes on to say, that he plans to race at the Des Moines World Cup event. His journal entry dated May 27 can be found here.
Here is the schedule for Sunday's World Championship event, all PST:
Sunday June 8, 2008
07:00 U23 Women World Championship
10:00 U23 Men World Championship
13:00 Elite Women World Championship
16:00 Elite Men World Championship
18:15 U23 & Elite Medal Ceremonies
19:30 Awards and Closing Banquet
Sunday evening at 6:00 pm PST, we will know whether or not the USA gets three spots on the Beijing Olympic Triathlon start line.