TRIATHLON RUNNING SWIMMING FITNESS
Buoyancy - The neoprene used to make wetsuits naturally floats. Depending on how well you already swim this floating effect can be very helpful. The higher you float in the water the easier/faster your swim. For many, this is the biggest reason to buy a wetsuit.
Warmth - A wetsuit provides a certain degree of warmth. When you get in the water with your wetsuit, water will seap into the suit. The suits are designed to hold a small amount of water and then keep it there. Your body warms that layer of water and it forms a barrier between you and the cold.
Flexibility - Triathlon wetsuits are made with different thickness and styles of neoprene to maximize flexibility. The more flexible the suit, the more freely you will be able rotate your arms and shoulders, resulting in less fatigue.
Hydrodynamics - Most triathlon wetsuits are now manufactured with a silicon surface treatment that makes them slippery. Typically this will make the suit slippery to the touch and even more slippery in the water. Even without the treatment, a triathlon wetsuit will inherently reduce the amount of drag you create in the water.
Proper wetsuit fit allows good swimming range of motion while reducing extra room for too much water inside the suit, which would limit buoyancy and hydrodynamics. The bottom line is that a triathlon wetsuit should fit like a second skin, and you should have full range of motion in your shoulders.
Putting on a wetsuit takes patience. Take your time. Remember, you have all the time before the race to put your suit on. DO NOT USE EXCESSIVE FORCE OR PULL ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE SUIT WITH YOUR FINGERNAILS.
Instructions: You want to try on your suit in a cool room and you want to be completely dry.
Caring for your wetsuit:
Repairs: The most common repair needed on a wetsuit is the nail dig. These issues if not fixed can turn into very big tears, but you can easily fix these in your own home with some AquaSeal Wetsuit Repair Adhesive. Checkout this step by step approach or just follow the directions on the adhesive.