Friday, April 16, 2010

You Can Have My Wetsuit...

When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead Hands!

Ok, Ok, don't get all Tea-Party Loony on me. There's some misinformation running around out there about the new Wetsuit Rules announced by Ironman. Triathletes are left thinking they just blew $500 on something they're not even going to get to wear outside of the bedroom (rimshot!).

It's not true. You've got nothing to worry about.


Let's look a little more closely:

-First, these changes are for full Ironman and 70.3 races. A lot of races were already using these rules, so they're just falling in line. I imagine the USAT will fall in line eventually.

-The new rule slightly changes the temperatures of the water that will make wearing wetsuits legal, but nothing significant.

-It sets a limit at 5 millimeters thick, but most wetsuits are already under that, so you're probably good.

-Swimskins, yes, Swimskins, not wetsuits, must be made of textile material, not rubberized material. No big deal there.

So, in the end...nothing much will change for most triathletes. And frankly, as someone that actually gains ground in the swim leg, I say any rule making the swim tougher for the rest of the crowd is all good with me.

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