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Shopping for a wetsuit

Yesterday I finally took the plunge.

I bought my wetsuit.

Some people eschew wetsuits for triathlons. They either have some sort of bionic makeup that keeps them from feeling cold or live in year-round warm-weather climate. Frankly, there are days when I'm cold in the pool so swims in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, yeah, those are going to be quite chilly. And Keuka Lake on June 8 will likely be cold. Temperatures of the lake range from 55 degrees to 70 degrees and the last two years the lake has been in the 60s for the race.

Wetsuit it is.

I went to Handlebars on Englewood for my wetsuit initiation and tried on several suits to get the right size and then the right feel.

Getting the right fit and putting the suit on correctly are key components to a successful wetsuit purchase and competition use. I had heard so much talk about getting in and out of wetsuits I was prepared for a battle with my neoprene friend.

Truth is, a little body glide and patience and it really wasn't all that difficult to get on.

Wetsuits are supposed to feel snug. You feel a bit constricted and it does limit your arm movement. But it keeps you warm, helps you float and can make you a bit faster. It's a trade off and for being warm with a bit of extra flotation in the open water, I'll take the slight restriction.

And really, you feel kinda cool in a wetsuit. A bit ridiculous as you walk around the store doing your freestyle stroke to check out the fit, but cool nonetheless.

I've bought new running kicks and changed my pedals on my bike. But those are things I might have done anyway,whether I was training for a triathlon or not. A wetsuit is something I would not otherwise have purchased.

I feel official now. Which is a good thing.

That June 8 date is rapidly approaching.

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