I am participating in a fall triathlon (Oct 4) at a lake in the Northeast with a .35 mile swim. The organizers have a note that they strongly encourage use of a wetsuit, as water temperatures in the past have been in the 60s. The wetsuit is encouraged, but not required.
I do not have, nor have I ever tried, a wetsuit. Plus I have sensitivity to neoprene. I would really like to NOT wear a wetsuit if I can help it. Are there any alternatives? I do have tri shorts that I wear, but normally I just wear that with a bathing suit. Should I layer a tri top on top of that? Swim skins? Should I just tough it out since its a short swim? Any suggestions?? I'm trying to avoid a huge cost here for one sprint distance race.
Thanks for your help!
don't think there are many alternatives. maybe double up on swim caps and swim fast
on another forum there was a woman who had a similar allergy might want to contact her:
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)
Dear friend !
If spending the money on the wetsuit is the problem, you can also rent one.
If your allergy ist the problem, I can't help you.
Would not recommend to swim without, although the distance is short, but the water will be freezing and imagine if there is some wind after the swim you will freeze on the bike.
Thanks for the responses! My concern is not so much the allergy, though that's part of it. I've never worn a wetsuit before and I know these take practice in and out of the water. I'm not sure if I'll have an allergic reaction or not. I was hoping to manage this race without having to use a wetsuit. Now I'm not so sure. Perhaps I'll post a separate thread to see if anyone has experience with this particular race.