I am doing my first Triathlon in Pittsburgh in 6 weeks, and it has been thought that I don't need a wet suit........I am looking for recommendations for what to wear to do the event........any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
I'm assuming it's a sprint tri?
the water will probably warm enough to swim in without a wetsuit but probably not all that warm
you can do the entire race in a swimsuit and jogging bra though it may be a little hard on your butt on the ride
you can swim in swimsuit and jogging bra then pull a bicycle short over top in the first transition (there is a no nudity rule in tri's and no changing tents usually) but putting on dry clothes to wet body is harder than it sounds
you buya trisuit a swimsuit with a small pad for the bike that doesn't feellike a soggy diaper ont he run. title IX , desoto, craft, zoot, orca,and titanwear.com are all good brands
whatever you choose try it out in practice before raceday some bike shorts are not pleasant to run in- some are
good luck and have fun
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)
I think the water temp in PA and NJ are very similiar so in terms of comfort I think you will be ok without. If you do have the cash a good tri-wetsuit is well worth the investment. I would suggest a trisuit under the wetsuit or if you don't go with a wetsuit than just a trisuit may be your best bet.
Best of luck!
First triathlon? excellent.... good luck...
No wetsuit, i think the best bet is to invest in a trisuit, you dont have to buy one per every race you have. But you cna wear it for swimming under or without wetsuit, it has a gel thin pad for the cycling leg and it wont bother you during the running.
Look around, you may find one in a really good price.
If you have a triathlon store, go there and try it on... so you know what is your size...
Thank you everyone for your suggestions!
I did end up ordering a trisuit; but alas, I COULD SEE THROUGH IT! It is going back.......uh, NO KIDDING!
I am still on the look-out! Any brands/sites would also be appreciated! X2U was the brand that I got.
I don't personally own any Zoot gear but I have heard good feedback on their products from several experienced athletes. Zoot wetsuits are also supposed to be good quality.
Believe it or not, I did some research, and I found that DANSKIN got very good reviews. So I returned the SEE THROUGH one, and got a Danskin. Very cute, and I will try it on the swim this weekend....and then go for a run in it too.
Thank you everyone for all your help! 3 weeks.........here I gooooooooooooooooooo.....................