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Dear PoPville – Do I Need a Wetsuit? Any Tips for a first Triathalon?

by Prince Of Petworth June 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm 31 Comments


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“Dear PoPville,

I’m going to be participating in my first triathlon on June 19th. The swimming leg of the race is in the Potomac and I’ve heard that many participants buy or rent a wetsuit because the water is sort of cold and it also increases your buoyancy. I’m not a terrible swimmer, but I’m not amazing by any means. I’m reluctant to rent one because I don’t know if it’ll fit properly on the day of the race and I’ve already spent so much damn money on this race. So my question for your readers is: Do you think I’ll need a wetsuit for the Potomac in late June? And then beyond the wetsuit question: has anyone ever done the DC Tri before? Any tips to share with a first-timer?”

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