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wetsuit? no wetsuit? swim help, please!

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<p>I've got this little swim coming up in a week and a half, and I need to decide if I'm wearing a wetsuit.</p>
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<p>Please note, actual decision will probably be made day-of, as in, I will OF COURSE bring my wetsuit with me.  So I guess what I'm looking for here is help constructing a decision framework that isn't dependent on my last minute obsessiveness, but more on outside facts.</p>
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<p>points to ponder:</p>
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<p>estimated swim time will be about 3 hours, hopefully.</p>
<p>main factor is currents, tide, and chop.   I anticipate it being a steady moderate effort, with periodic hard bursts.</p>
<p>USAT rules do not apply, so it is entirely my own choice</p>
<p>per race email this AM, water temp is "mid-70's and climbing"</p>
<p>predicted weather bounces from 70's and rain to 90's and sunny.</p>
<p>only wetsuit option is sleeveless</p>
<p>I'm very comfortable in water temps in the 60's without a wetsuit.</p>
<p>the heat sucks the life out of me</p>
<p>my husband would greatly prefer that I wear the wetsuit so he worries less about me.</p>
<p>part of me feels like a wetsuit is cheating, even though the race organizers allow them</p>
<p>without the risk of overheating, yes, it would be an easier, probably faster swim with the wetsuit</p>
<p>race distance:  4.4 miles</p>
<p>longest OWS:  5 miles (no current, tide, or chop)</p>
<p>training volume:  meh,</p>
<p>no soreness from 5 mile swim, just fatigue. it felt easy and achievable and if I hadn't gone balls to the wall on the last mile, I had at least another mile in me.</p>
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<p>two main cons to wearing the wetsuit:  risk of overheating, feeling like I'm cheating</p>
<p>two main pros to wearing the wetsuit:  easier swim, happier husband.</p>
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<p>gah.  please help.</p>
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<p>Did you wear a wetsuit during your 5 mi practice swim?  I don't remember.  I think I would only feel comfortable swimming for that long in OW without a wetsuit if I had already done close to that distance in OW without a wetsuit...or if I had my own kayaker to keep an eye on me.</p>
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<p>My vote is for sleeveless wetsuit.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Stitcher</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/74055/wetsuit-no-wetsuit-swim-help-please#post_2001613"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><p>BTW....</p>
<p>THANKS THANKS THANKS for being an awesome "I've only met you once, but you seem nice, so we'll be friendly" type of friend!!!</p>
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<p>I voted for your dogs on the calendar, btw.</p>
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Uh, thanks.  I never considered being any other way given that we interact here and on FB often enough. <span><img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif"></span></p>
<p><span>We'll meet in person again one day.</span></p>
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<p><span>Thanks for the dog calendar vote!</span></p>
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<p><span>(You do know that I pee in my wetsuits, right?</span>  FWIW, I haven't worn that one since Oct 2009 and it was well-rinsed before I put it away.)</p>
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