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3679 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 23, 2009 3:25 PM by Barracuda88
Mark Caples Rookie 1 posts since
May 3, 2009
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May 26, 2009 8:49 AM

When is a wetsuit "needed"

I will be doing an Oly Tri this weekend and I'm a little concerned about the water temperature.  I expect it to be about 68 degrees, and I don't own a wetsuit.  Will I regret this?  It has been a while since I have been in water below 78 degrees, and honestly cannot remember how bad it was, plus I don't know what 68 might feel like.  Any cooment from someone with experience would be very helpful.

  • billprice005 Pro 75 posts since
    Dec 8, 2007
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    1. May 26, 2009 9:22 AM (in response to Mark Caples)
    Re: When is a wetsuit "needed"

    I swam 1/2 mile in 71 degrees and regretted not having one.   Some people I know swim in diving wet suits.  I'm still a beginner at this, but my recomendation is rent one.

  • Barracuda88 Amateur 10 posts since
    Sep 23, 2009
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    2. Sep 23, 2009 3:25 PM (in response to Mark Caples)
    Re: When is a wetsuit "needed"


    Hi Mark!



    68 degrees is a little chilly! I would definitely say you need a wetsuit. You can judge the temperature like this: A pool at a gym is typically 82-83 degrees, a competition pool is typically 79 degrees, and if it's a hot summer day, you will feel refreshed in a 77 degree pool. Anything below 75 degrees is kinda cold and your muscles will definitely tighten up on you.



    Good luck! I hope this helps!



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