I’ve only worn a wetsuit once. I was kayaking in Ireland in the winter, and we were all required to wear wetsuits. They were slimy and it was freezing, and my wetsuit associations are decidedly negative. However, I finally decided to pull the trigger on buying a tri wetsuit. These usually run $150 to $200, so it’s not a small purchase. I could (and probably should) rent or buy used, but what the hell, in for a penny, in for a pound, right? I’d been thinking of just swimming in a bathing suit since the water should be in the 70s on raceday, but what tipped me over the edge is that the open water swim practice sessions run by the local tri club and wetsuit mandatory, and there’s no way I’m going to swim with a wetsuit for the first time on the day of the race. Also, the vast majority of races in this area are cold enough that a wetsuit is highly desirable, if not a necessity. So. The plan is to try on the wetsuits I ordered from Amazon (yes, plural – free returns!) and find one I can tolerate, send the rest back, and try to psych myself up for hitting the open water next week. Or maybe the week after. (Don’t wanna! It’s gonna be cold.) Honestly, thinking about it is enough to make me switch exclusively to duathlons.
We’ll see if I get hooked on this tri thing. Right now, I’m thinking next summer I’ll try and do more longer cycling and participate in some of the major events around here. I can spend the rest of my time running, and swim only for exercise and amusement. On the flip side, i am tempted to join a Master’s swim team just for fun. Except that they meet at like 5:30 in the morning, so that’s probably not really going to happen. Maybe when my kids are older, I can swim on a team with them.