Ok … so I was worried enough about this St. Anthony’s Triathlon as it was, not the update email comes out today and it states this:
WATER TEMPERATURE (PLEASE READ): Water temperature has slowly been on the rise and current reached the 80-81 degree mark. Conditions are currently favorable for a non-wetsuit swim but be prepared for the possibility of a wetsuit swim as well. Several factors can affect water temperature including wind and weather over the next week. WETSUITS: 68 Degrees is the cut off for professionals, 78 degrees is the cut off for participants if they want to be eligible for awards. NOTE: If the water temperature is above 78 degrees but below 82 degrees, athletes will have the option to wear wetsuits but they will not be eligible for age group awards. Additionally, you will be required to start in the final wave(s) that will be designated as THE WETSUIT WAVE(S). If you chose to wear a wetsuit in water above 78 degrees, you MUST start in the wetsuit wave or you will be disqualified. There will be NO AWARDS for the wetsuit wave. We will make announcements on Friday and Saturday at the EXPO with current water temperature readings. A final water temperature reading will be made early race morning and we will be making announcements over the PA race morning with the final ruling on water temperature and wetsuits. Be prepared for both non-wetsuit and wetsuit swim.
So, basically, if the race was tomorrow I would have to choose to go without a wet suit and start in Wave 15 at 7:45 AM, or wear the suit and start in the final wave at 9:10 AM. Let me note that the fact of having the wet suit is comforting at my beginner level because it is buoyant. I have not tried Ocean Swimming without one. Seems there is a BIG decision on my horizon pretty quickly.
The one GOOD point is that if my training partner and I choose to wear the suits and start in the rear, we will start together and can help get each other though it (more her helping me than the other way around). The race starts at 6:50 AM, so that is a 2 hour and 15 minute wait to start.
Any words of advice from you seasoned readers out here? I will swim without the suit tomorrow and see how it feels. All of our training to this point with TNT has been with the suit on. Obviously we swim in the pool without one, but it’s MUCH different.