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2011-08-31 5:26 PM

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Subject: Deer Creek Fall Challenge w/o wetsuit
Has anyone done this? I REALLY want to do this race. It's a longer swim and that's my best event, and I'm quickly realizing that my only other race (Hueston Woods) is going to be a disaster due to the bike hills.

But I don't have a wetsuit AND I have asthma that is aggravated by cold (esp. cold water). Probably can't swing renting one... so is this race out of the question?



2011-08-31 6:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Deer Creek Fall Challenge w/o wetsuit

This site does rent wet suits for this race....they also list the average water temps for the past couple years

http://www.wetsuitrental.com/event-list/deer-creek-fall-challenge.html

2011-08-31 11:29 PM
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I can't speak for the comfort factor of the water (since I was the runner for a relay), but, FWIW, the air temp was upper 40s at the start last year...  You make the call...
2011-09-01 10:32 AM
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sungirl919 - 2011-09-01 12:29 AM I can't speak for the comfort factor of the water (since I was the runner for a relay), but, FWIW, the air temp was upper 40s at the start last year...  You make the call...

Sounds like I need to pray for Indian summer.

2011-09-01 11:56 AM
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I did Deer Creek in '06 and '09. Water temp was 70 and 72, respectively. It was a bit windy both years. I wore a sleeveless wetsuit both times.

The water temp isn't too bad all by itself. But it can get pretty chilly waiting to get into the water, especially if you're wet from your warm-up swim. I'm sure there were people there without wetsuits...I just wasn't one of them.

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2011-09-01 12:37 PM
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last year it was 72 (which was warmer than the air) - the issue was if you got in to swim at all you were very nipply when you had to get out for your wave. You will still be wet either way when starting the bike but it might be uncomfortable waiting to start without a wetsuit.


2011-09-01 1:19 PM
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My first year at the fall challenge I did it without a wetsuit. After that race I made it a priority to purchase one.
2011-09-01 9:02 PM
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I did it last year without a wetsuit.  It was my first real tri so I was pretty much bare necessities, and that included no wet suit.  As others have said, the start was low-mid 40s air temp and the water was right around 70 according to the race officials.  I really didn't have any issues after the initial gasp upon entering the water and I didn't warm up at all.  I did freeze standing on the beach waiting for my wave to start though.
2011-09-01 10:29 PM
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ClydeNewb - 2011-09-01 10:02 PM I did it last year without a wetsuit.  It was my first real tri so I was pretty much bare necessities, and that included no wet suit.  As others have said, the start was low-mid 40s air temp and the water was right around 70 according to the race officials.  I really didn't have any issues after the initial gasp upon entering the water and I didn't warm up at all.  I did freeze standing on the beach waiting for my wave to start though.

Same here.  The water was warmer than the air.  My feet were frozen waiting to start.  A lot of people were in the water keeping warm waiting.  As soon as I hit the water I was perfectly fine.  Bike was a bit chilly in the wind the first lap, but that was about it.

2011-09-02 7:52 AM
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Aysel: I went and read your RR for that race... did you end up getting an orange wetsuit?

Thanks for the very helpful replies. What I'll do is try some OWS practice closer to the date/on chillier days and see what I can handle.

2011-09-02 8:22 AM
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you say swimming is your stong suit.  you will be upset that weaker swimmers can go faster because of the legal cheating wetsuits provide. 

besides keeping you comfy - it will keep you higher in the water, warm muscle (not overheated) provide better performance, slicker than flesh, muscle compression.

add to that asthma (I too suffer so I know how it is.  I have had some scares) you should get a wetsuit.

because of the popularity of tris and the performance benefit - they are mass marketed now days.

you can get one for under $100.  becasue they are so cheap i don't understand why anyone would rent one.

BT member David Savoie had discounts - I used discount code BT at xterra.

 



2011-09-02 10:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Deer Creek Fall Challenge w/o wetsuit
I did the race in '08 without a wetsuit and I was fine. I did it the next year and was totally glad I'd just bought a wetsuit. It is important to note that in '08 the race was on Sept. 14. In '09 it was on Sept. 27. This year, it's on Oct. 2. The further it's gotten pushed out, the more likely it is that it will be colder. I get cold very easily, but would highly recommend buying or renting one. Good luck!
2011-09-02 3:52 PM
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If you can get through the race - wetsuits get really cheap in the winter months
2011-09-02 5:39 PM
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Triforce: if you want to come down and crash at my pad in Delaware, you can. I live 20 mins from alum creek and you can get in a few nice swims in. ( just not the 16th or 17th, more duck season). Provided you are not a serial killer or allergic to cats/dogs/cyclists. Sadly I did not get an orange wetsuit. I got mine from xterra and it cost me $100.
2011-09-02 9:09 PM
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I will take you up on that if I can find some time in this crazy month... will let you know!
2011-09-02 11:23 PM
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bruehoyt - 2011-09-02 9:22 AMI used discount code BT at xterra.

 

I raced last year without one and the wife got me one for Christmas.  I also used this code and got a sleeveless Xterra for about $85 with shipping.  Still haven't used it yet.  Probably try to do the fall challenge again and break it out there.



2011-09-03 10:57 AM
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What happens if I lose my last 20 pounds after buying a wetsuit? Good or bad chance that it will still fit?
2011-09-03 1:35 PM
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2011-09-16 11:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Deer Creek Fall Challenge w/o wetsuit

Blargh... not gonna be able to afford this one after all. Too many stupid out-of-state weddings this fall to attend/buy gifts for & the budget got sucked dry.

Thanks for the advice anyway and good luck to those who compete -- I'll see you there next year (definitely in a wetsuit because I about froze my hiney off in the water last week and never, ever want to go through that again).

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