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Question for all you experienced triathletes. I am going to do my second triathlon and the one I am looking at is in open water.<br><br>
Do I need to get a wetsuit? I don't have one and don't want to spend the money for one quite yet. I just bought me a bike a few months back and don't want to sink more money in already.<br><br>
Give me your opinions with advantages and disadvantages. Thanks
 

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Wetsuits make you faster. Is your race wetsuit legal, and how LONG is your swim?<br><br>
Check out the new multi-sport forum if you haven't already...I can't remember who all checked in yet!
 

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Tithers pretty much hit it out of the ballpark in terms of wetsuits = speed in the water. As someone who was deathly afraid of OW at first (mainly because I was starting essentially from scratch) it was also nice little security blanket to have to boot.<br><br>
You can rent a wetsuit first if you're not ready to take the full plunge money-wise. That's what I did initially during some OW training sessions. If a local tri-store isn't available locally for rentals, there are websites (<a href="http://www.wetsuitrental.com/jms/index.php" target="_blank">Wetsuit Rental</a> and <a href="http://www.f2r.com/index.php?action1=CustomerProductListing&c_ProgramID=MjY=&c_Gender=Qg==" target="_blank">Fit2Race</a> are two such sites) available<br><br>
Obviously, like Tithers said, check out the new MS forum if you haven't already <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Two reasons to have a wetsuit... 1) Buoyancy. The worse a swimmer you are the more difference this makes. The wetsuit keeps your body much higher in the water and keeps your legs high. If you're a lousy swimmer (like me), you will definitely swim faster in a wetsuit. 2) Warmth. If the water's cold, you'll want one.<br><br>
So... If you're a good swimmer in warm water, not absolutely required. Otherwise, get one.
 
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