My first wetsuit

  • gwuinsf

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    Jun 15, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    I've decided to do my first triathlon and I just bought my first wetsuit. I have a question, so please don't laugh.

    Do I wear a suit underneath or just get in nekkid?
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    Jun 16, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    On race day? You wear whatever you plan to wear to do the bike and run - a tri-suit or a pair of tri shorts. Otherwise you'll be puttin' on a show at T1!! icon_biggrin.gif

    If you're training, make sure you do some training in whatever you plan to wear on race day. Also, you'll want to do some training so you can figure out where the wetsuit chafes and then have some BodyGlide on hand to use in those places. If I'm not racing, I wear jammers/compression shorts under mine.
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    Jun 16, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    jtaustin saidOn race day? You wear whatever you plan to wear to do the bike and run - a tri-suit or a pair of bike shorts. Otherwise you'll be puttin' on a show at T1!! icon_biggrin.gif

    If you're training, make sure you do some training in whatever you plan to wear on race day. Also, you'll want to do some training so you can figure out where the wetsuit chaffs and then have some BodyGlide on hand to use in those places. If I'm not racing, I wear jammers/compression shorts under mine.


    What he said.

    For races I wear my tri shorts and shirt under the wetsuit. For practice I just wear a speedo or a square cut swimsuit but do a few swims with race gear as well just to have a feel for it.
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    Jun 16, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    Per USAT rules full nudity is strictly forbidden in transition area and will result in an immediate DQ (disqualification). Hence no (full) changing in the transition area. So to answer your question, you should have a good pair of TRI-SHORTS and top and/or singlet under your wetsuit. I don't recommend bike shorts as they are A. Hard to swim in, and B. Hard to run in. If you have any further questions let me know.
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    Jun 16, 2010 1:35 PM GMT
    About twenty years ago Walt Disney World hosted a big world triathlon championship, with people from all over. I volunteered for the event, and it was fun.

    - The swim was from the Polynesian Resort hotel out to some buoys near the island and back to shore near the Grand Floridian.
    - The bike was on roads all over the resort.
    - The run was on roads all over the resort, with the last leg coming down Main Street USA from the Cinderella Caste. What a sight, nearly naked guys running down Main Street in their Speedos! "Mommy, why is that man running in his Underoos?"

    But the absolute best was the finish and cooldown area where the busses are today. Outdoor showers were set up (basically, just a hose on a stick) and true to form, the Europeans just stripped down and showered right there, buck naked in front of everybody. I LOVED IT!

    Needless to say, that was the last time squeeky-clean WDW ever hosted a triathlon. Maybe the reason USAT came up with that regulation?

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  • Atriathlete

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    Jun 17, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    The other thing to "wear" underneath it is Body Glide. If you Body Glide your legs and the tops of your feet, it will be much easier to get on and get out of. Make sure to Body Glide around the neck at any point whether the collar makes contact. You're much more likely to chafe on the back of your neck.

    Also, if it's sleeveless, Body Glide around the underarm and shoulder where the edge of the wetsuit makes contact.

    You'll be a happier camper.
  • gwuinsf

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    Jun 18, 2010 6:51 PM GMT
    Thanks guys.

    I guess I need to go buy some Tri shorts.
  • Atriathlete

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    Jun 23, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    Go Desoto. I've been disappointed with the durability of Sugoi