Choosing the right wetsuit
Among the triathlon equipment, the wetsuit is a piece of equipment that should not be neglected. As soon as you train regularly, the purchase of a suit is inevitable. With the appropriate triathlon wetsuit, you can optimise your swimming times. The special technology in the composition of the materials and in the construction allows you to save energy. So you glide better in the water, have less resistance, the muscles are supported and the movements are more comfortable. All this while maintaining your body temperature, which is a real advantage especially on long distances.
A wetsuit is compulsory when the water temperature is below 16° C. It also makes it easier for you to take the plunge into the cold water.
Of course, the budget plays a role in the choice of suit. In addition, the level, the brand and the distance to be covered are decisive in making the right choice.
- Short sleeve wetsuits for summer or warmer temperatures.
- Integral wetsuits Suitable for transitional seasons and swimming in cold water.
- Trisuits allow the 3 disciplines to be completed in one suit to optimise the times between disciplines.
If the water temperature is very low, it is advisable to choose a thicker suit that will keep your body warm. But if it is very hot, it is better to choose a thinner model.
To be really sure of making the right choice, it is best to try the suit on. The suit should fit snugly against the skin, but without causing pressure points in the neck, arms, knees and thighs. This can hinder you when swimming. So do not hesitate to slip into the wetsuit once you have received it.
Slipping into them can indeed be a challenge. But there are some techniques to help you doing so.
Slip your hands and feet into plastic bags and then put on the suit. This will prevent you from getting stuck while putting on the wetsuit.
This unbeatable technique is to put on or take off your wetsuit in the shower or directly in the water of the swimming area if it is not too cold. You need to be able to take off your wetsuit quickly so that you can transition from swimming to cycling and do not waste time (except in the case of a trisuit).
Finally, to avoid irritation, it is advisable to put Vaseline or baby powder on the back of the neck and under the armpits.
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