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Your Questions About Best Wetsuit For Weak Swimmers

Nancy asks…

I am doing my first triathlon in a month?

I can’t afford a full body wetsuit. all I have here is a longsleeve wetsuit top. Will that do?

Mike Rich answers:

It depends. What is the water temperature likely to be?

If it’s too cold for you to swim without a wetsuit, then by all means wear it! It will keep your core warm even if your legs are getting cold. I would recommend buying a neoprene hood to wear under your swim cap. They aren’t very expensive but will keep your head warm. I do a lot of open water swimming in cold water (under 60F) and usually wear a neoprene cap and just a regular swim suit –though this takes some practice to get adjusted to!

If you are not worried about the water being too cold for you to swim in without a wetsuit, then I would not bother with it. The wetsuit will restrict your arm movement while not giving you the benefit of lifting your hips like a fullbody suit would. The reasons triathletes wear wetsuits are to a) stay warm and b) keep their hips up since they often are relatively weak swimmers with poor body position/technique. So, wearing a wetsuit on top only can actually lift your shoulders up more, which will result in dropping your hips more –this is the opposite of how you want to swim. You do not want to drag your hips through the water like a barge. You want to float them up to the surface as much as possible.

In short, if you won’t be too cold, leave the top-half wetsuit at home.

Either way, you should be able to save time in your first transition over folks wearing a full wetsuit!

I’m a swimmer who just started doing triathlons myself. I saved up my money to buy a road bike, so I couldn’t afford a wetsuit either. I borrowed one from a friend for a couple of really cold water early-springtime practice swims. I hated wearing the wetsuit (but was happy for the warmth). I’m glad I spent my money on the bike instead. The triathlons I’ve done were in water warm enough for me to leave the wetsuit at home.

Best of luck to you in your first tri!

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Your Questions About Best Wetsuit For Weak Swimmers

Ruth asks…

Why are the olympic uniforms in swimsuits, trunks and gymnastic gear so revealing?

I know that some of the swimsuits are high for mobililty in the water and also includes the gymnastic uniforms, but why do they have to be that way? You can literally see a person’s butt almost hanging out of their uniforms. That’s not a good sight for people that have weak minds like child predators if you know what I mean.

Mike Rich answers:

Well it’s not like any of the swimmers or gymnasts are hideously ugly or morbidly obese covered in cellulite so I don’t find it that bad.

The swimmers and gymnasts’ uniforms are designed to be lightweight so they can move freely without heavy clothing weighing you down (imaging swinging up on the high bar with a baggy shirt flapping all over the place or trying to win a gold medal in swimming whilst being slowed down by a saggy pair of board shorts.)

Also it’s not that revealing, the men gymnasts generally all wear leotards with striupp pants or leggings (which is a shame) and the swimmers don’t even have their chests exposed (expect for maybe after the race when they pull the swimsuit/wetsuit down).
The gymnast’s leotards aren’t that horrible either, it would just be so much harder to compete if everyone was trying to be modest.

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Your Questions About Triathlon Programs

Ruth asks…

Is it important to practice on hills during your marathon training program?

Mike Rich answers:

Hi.Here is a GREAT site for hill training:
http://www.active.com/triathlon/Articles/Hill-Repeats-to-Improve-Your-Run.htm?cmp=17-1-999&act=EMC-EmailAFriend&Source=active&Source_Theme=&Source_Descr=Hill+Repeats+to+Improve+Your+Run+%7c+Active.com&Destination=active&Destination_Theme=&Destination_Descr=

If you are going to be running up hills during the marathon then yes I would recommend hill training. Hill training in general does improve your running

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