Do I really need to practice swimming in my wetsuit before my triathlon?

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Q: Do I really need to practice swimming in my wetsuit before my triathlon?

XTerra Wetsuits - Do I really need to practice swimming in my wetsuit before my triathlon?

A: We’ve all heard it before – Nothing New on Race Day.

Don’t leave it until race morning to put that wetsuit on, take it out for some practice swims so that you get used to putting it on and taking it off. You’ll also get to know where your chafing spots are. And the most important part, is that mentally you’ll be more comfortable knowing what it feels like swimming in a wetsuit.

Chlorine deteriorates the wetsuit and can void the warranty. So try to stay out of the pool and stay in open water.

No matter where you swim, be sure to rinse your wetsuit thoroughly after each use. Check out Xterra Wetsuit’s care instructions.

Wetsuits are an important piece of triathlon equipment. When choosing a wetsuit, not only do you take into account personal preference, but also your swimming ability, water temperature of where you’ll be racing, and your own temperature tolerances. So be sure to read how to choose the right wetsuit for more information. 

Check out our sponsors Xterra Wetsuits and Trislide & Foggies to make your swim more comfortable and faster. (Become a Rise Endurance member and get the discount codes for al our amazing partners!)

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2 Responses

  1. Shoji

    I think it’s good to practice with wetsuits, so able to feel the different condition of swimming. And more importantly able to feel if the wetsuits is right size,etc. But wet suits are very sensitive to chlorine water, so practice in swimming pool are dangerous, and damaging wetsuits. And as right now there is no chlorine resistant wetsuits on the market. If we have chances to practice in open water such a lake, it might be a perfect practice!!

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