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2013-08-07 12:55 AM

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Anybody swimming at the Boulder Reservoir lately?
I want to sign up for the tri on 31 Aug and their website says wetsuit recommended for all tri's in Colorado..
Really?
I just can't imagine it being cold at the end of august, but maybe Boulder altitude causes it to be colder?
I just did the tri for the cure at Cherry Creek Reservoir and it was 75-80F and I did not need a wetsuit, the water was warm and i wasn't cold at all.

Any recommendations? I really don't want to have to rent a wetsuit but i don't want to freeze either.



2013-08-08 2:43 PM
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I did the 70.3 last Sunday and felt comfortable in my full wetsuit.
2013-08-08 4:12 PM
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Subject: RE: wetsuit or not?
would you have felt comfortable without it?
2013-08-08 4:56 PM
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I swam in the 70.3 and would have been fine without one. the nights are getting a lot colder, so keep an eye on it. It can cool off pretty quick. I read a report that says it's been fluctuating between 72 and 76 which sounds about right.

The city of Boulder posted this about water temps:
What is the water temperature?
The water temperature varies quite a bit with the weather. For current water temperatures, please call 303-441-3461 and press "0" to reach the gate attendant.

So maybe you could check as it get closer. I would want a suit definitely below 70, but probably below 72.
2013-08-08 6:22 PM
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Originally posted by marathongirl21

would you have felt comfortable without it?



Probably, the water temp was around 75 degrees.
2013-08-14 9:06 PM
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I've swam in Boulder without a wetsuit once in June and I was fine. Another time with a wetsuit in September, and that was okay too (In truth, I would have been fine without one then, too as it was quite hot that day). Unless the weather is really nasty, you would probably be just fine without one IMO. I'll be doing the Olympic on the 31st, and I plan on using my wetsuit, but more for speed/ buoyancy reasons than any concerns about the water temperature.


2013-08-21 11:42 AM
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I never wear a wetsuit and as long as the water temperature is above 68*, I am not cold.  Below 68*, it's tough for me, which is why I did not sign up for the Boulder 70.3 next year (it will be in June next year vs. August this year).  It can be below 68* until about mid June. 
2013-08-21 1:54 PM
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Water was beautiful at Union on Saturday - and it usually tracks pretty close to Boulder Res. I did a cool down lap with no wetsuit and it felt much better than the laps I did in a full sleeve wetsuit.
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