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2015-04-08 8:06 AM

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Subject: Wetsuit and race watches
The upcoming HIM Chattanooga is looming just outside of a month now, and I'm starting to go through the outside motions to better prepare. The biggest question is the transition from SWIM to BIKE with a wetsuit while wearing the big behemoth of a Garmin 310xt.

I'm wearing the the Xterra Vortex 4 full suit and have the 310xt as well. I was hoping to wear both during the swim, but it appears that the watch is so large it's restricting removing the arms.

Is it best to quarter turn and release the headset, then remove the suit arms and put it back, or go all "brute force" and pull the sleeves over the watch?

I've got a practice session lined up for this evening to practice the OWS and some transitions, but I could use some guidance prior to bumbling around...


2015-04-08 8:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Wetsuit and race watches
things that will help

- coat that 310xt with body glide... liberally
- coat the end of the sleeve with body glide, again, lather it.
- cut the sleeve higher up. I do this (arms and legs) on all my wetsuits... it makes removal MUCH easier. Just do small amounts of cuts at a time.
2015-04-08 8:26 AM
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Subject: RE: Wetsuit and race watches

I hit my first open water swim 3-1/2 weeks ago.  It was also my first swim in a wet suit.  It is a full wetsuit and I was able to strap my Casio G-shock wrist watch on my wrist over the wet suit without any problem. A few days ago I did my metric HIM work out to prep for my 70.3 on the 25th of this month.  For that I put the Garmin GPS watch on the bike and didn't wear it in the lake. I used the Casio to time the entire work (3 hrs 12 minutes) and just started the Garmin as I started the bike leg.  

The 70.3 that I will be doing in 2-1/2 weeks will be my Triathlon debut and I haven't done any trailing with other triathletes so I am haven't been able to see what others do, but from what I gather the "swimmers" in the sport don't wear watches in the water, so if it is too big to wear on your wrist you might consider just wearing the heart monitor under your wet suit and mounting the Garmin on your bike. 

2015-04-08 8:28 AM
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Subject: RE: Wetsuit and race watches
The data you get from the swim is junk anyway, so just leave it the watch in transition and put it on after the swim. It takes about 5 seconds to put it on your wrist. The only thing you get during the swim is your swim time which you are going to get from the race chip anyway.
2015-04-08 8:37 AM
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I just pull the wetsuit over the watch before the swim.  I know where the start button is even when covered up.  I hit it and go.

2015-04-08 11:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Wetsuit and race watches
Originally posted by mike761

The data you get from the swim is junk anyway, so just leave it the watch in transition and put it on after the swim. It takes about 5 seconds to put it on your wrist. The only thing you get during the swim is your swim time which you are going to get from the race chip anyway.


this^^...leave it on your bike or put on in transition


2015-04-08 2:31 PM
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I used a 310 for awhile and just wore it under the suit.  The only accurate thing will be the time anyway.  When you take your wetsuit off it essentially rolls over the top of the watch so no interference. 

2015-04-08 5:45 PM
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Data from the 310 and others is not junk if you put it in your swim cap. You'll get everything except accurate HR measurements
2015-04-08 8:21 PM
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Originally posted by TJHammerData from the 310 and others is not junk if you put it in your swim cap. You'll get everything except accurate HR measurements
For training sure, you can put your 310 under your cap. Personally that's more then I want to deal with in a race. As opposed to a 910 or 920 which you can wear on your wrist and still get pretty accurate data. The OPs asking about wetsuit getting caught on his 310 in which case he can wear it under the suit since it's not going to make much difference in the end data.
2015-04-09 6:45 AM
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With the number of times I have had swim caps come off during races. I would not trust that. Race caps are cheap and most of the time.
2015-04-09 8:51 AM
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Originally posted by TheCuse

Originally posted by mike761

The data you get from the swim is junk anyway, so just leave it the watch in transition and put it on after the swim. It takes about 5 seconds to put it on your wrist. The only thing you get during the swim is your swim time which you are going to get from the race chip anyway.


this^^...leave it on your bike or put on in transition


What data are you trying to capture from the swim? If you just want to see your swim time, note the above posts.


2015-04-09 11:27 AM
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Lose the worthless (IMO) quick release, and your suit will unroll smoothly over the watch without a hitch.

 

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