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Tri this weekend question on cold water.boyd2
Oct 1, 2003 10:25 AM
Am I going to freeze my tail off in 65F water? Air temp is supposed to be about 70F. I do not have a wetsuit, and don't intend to buy one. Is there anything I can do to help with the temp? I have spent lots of time in cold water and it does not really concern me too much, but I have never raced in cold water.

Also I sure hope that kick this cold that my daughter/wife gave me. It is really going to suck racing while I am sick. I already paid my $60 registration!
Rent a wetsuit...Tri_Rich
Oct 2, 2003 6:04 AM
65 is cold, really cold, hypothermia cold.

If you have a local tri store they will rent you a wetsuit for the weekend for $30-40.
65 is doable.Steve_0
Oct 3, 2003 3:40 AM
back before parents bought their kids 150 dollar wetsuits everyyear they outgrew their last, we used to surf in sub 70 water every spring.

its uncomfortable, but doable. My experience says its not quite hypothermic as long as you limit your time and keep moving. I wouldnt do it for any distance over 1/2 mile.


1. wear at least two smim caps... preferably one being lycra (the hypothermia thing)

2. Lather up bigtime in vasoline.

3. Get in the water at least 5 minutes before the start. Its shocking to the system to jump in 65 degree water and takes a few minutes to adjust. KEEP MOVING UNTIL THE GUN GOES OFF!!!

Like I said, you wont be comfortable, but I did it for years. Being 25 years older and wiser, and more financially secure, I wouldnt do it today.
65 is survivable.Tri_Rich
Oct 3, 2003 5:39 AM
Remember though that you are going to get out of this water and get onto the bike. Already cold and wet you are going to add the cooling effect of convection. All in all a recipe for an unpleasant day, although for a sprint you are probably right it is survivable.