Long story short -
Wetsuit is on backorder. Race this weekend. But I have my new race singlet.
If I wear JUST my singlet during the swim, how will it hold up?
Will it get a saggy? Puff out? Help at all? Affect performance at all? Keep me warm at all?
Anyone out there had to do this at all - wear just your singlet during the swim?
I did it last saturday. I skipped the wetsuit and just went w/ trishorts and top. no big help in the swim but T1 was fast cause I didn't have to try and put a dry tight shirt on a wet body that was in a hurry. I had my # pinnned on and a gel already in the back pocket and Iwas good to go
goals for 2011:
break 19minutes for 5k
break 2:42 for olympic triathlon probably Anthracite olympic
break 3:16 for marathon ( a long shot but it's fun putting yourself out there)
If you are worried about not having a wet suit, you can probably rent one from your local tri store. During the summer, I do my open water training swims in my race gear with no wet suit because its so warm in the lake here. No performance issues, but you lose the buoyancy and if the water is cold the singlet is not going to do anything to keep you warm. Most of the time for sprint races if the water isn't too cold I am more comfortable without a wet suit and it saves time in the TA.
@Joe, Julie: Thanks for the replies.
@Julie: Definitely not worried about water temp, more worried about how the water would affect swimming in a singlet - I wanted to know if it was actually doable. Sounds like it is. T1 will be blazing fast HAHA!
I'm up here in Minnesota...can't find much colder water, and I put in 30 minutes OW yesterday, no suit. I bought one - now on backorder. Don't want to rent one for $50, because I could've bought a $50 more expensive suit!
Thanks to you both - I think I'll be ok.
Don't worry about the singlet stretching if it's a Tri singlet. Most have water resistant coating to prevent saturation. If it's a quality Tri suit it will retain it's shape. I did my first Tri without a wetsuit and while the water was cold there were no other drawbacks beside the warmth, floatation and speed a wet suit provides. Subsequent sprint tri's have been with a light wetsuit which does still let enough water in to get a Tri suit wet but it still doesn't loose shape.
I race in my singlet all the time if wet suits are not allowed. It does not hinder performance whatsoever. Racing like this makes for a very quick transition onto the bike.
Don't worry...give it a try and let us know what you think.
Forum friends: Update on lake swimming in a singlet...
Lake temp was 68, had no problems with temp.
Had no problems with swimming either (aside from not feeling that I did well)...but I was 8th out of the water, quarter mile in 7:47.
Wetsuit should arrive this week, I'm really interested to see how it will affect performance.
here I am crowing about my time..
just in case anyone else finds this post later -
the singlet just sucked up close to my body and stayed there. didn't sag, drag, anything. it was REALLY wet when I hopped on the bike, but it dried out.
made my T1 super fast!