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2013-07-08 12:22 PM

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Subject: Ironman Tri Suit Rules?

I'm competing in the 70.3 in Muncie this upcoming weekend. While reading through the athletes guide, I came across something that I need clarification with. It says for non wetsuit legal races, that any tri top that comes down past the shoulder is deemed illegal? Does this mean I cannot wear a tri top that with short sleeves? Can anyone clarify that rule by chance? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Edited by str8himalaya 2013-07-08 12:23 PM

2013-07-08 12:55 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
Subject: RE: Ironman Tri Suit Rules?

Interesting. I would imagine a short-sleeved tri top would be allowed on the swim, but it probably depends on exactly how they define where the shoulder ends. I've seen some short sleeves extend to almost the elbow...

However I think the intent of the rule is to ban compression gear from being worn on the swim (hence the "nothing below the knee" language and both rules being re-posted in the "no compression gear on the swim" section). Would be nice if they would clarify, it's confusing!

2013-07-08 1:55 PM
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2013-07-08 2:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Tri Suit Rules?
you can bike and run with sleeves but in a non wetsuit swim sleeves are a no no... as are compression calf sleeves. So wear a no sleeve top or put your top with sleeves on after the swim.
2013-07-08 3:41 PM
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Athens, GA
Subject: RE: Ironman Tri Suit Rules?
Originally posted by tkos

What short sleeved Tri suit top do you own? Do you mean a bike jersey? I for one wouldn't want to swim in anything with sleeves.

But basically the top of your arm must be in plain view, ie the number must be in plain view. For the same reason the rules also state you can't wear anything that covers your calves, so no compression gear.

Is that actually the reason, though? The numbers? Because if it were wetsuit legal, all the numbers would be covered up for the swim anyway, and later on you're totally allowed to put on calf sleeves, armwarmers, whatever.
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