I was so nervous about buying my first triathlon wetsuit. I didn’t have a hot clue where to start. I did some research on different types of suits and realized there are long sleeved, short sleeved, sleeveless, long legged, short legged, different zipper styles, different thickness of neoprene…. Baaahh!!! If that wasn’t enough, apparently certain sleeve lengths are only allowed in certain water temperatures, so that needed to be considered, and then there is the whole how-to-get-it-on-and-off situation. Oh my! I felt like I was a little out of my depth with this decision. (Hah- see what I did there?!)
So I defaulted to my usual decision making process- pick one that’s on-sale online, guess the size, and pray it fits- and it worked!! Ok, I did actually put a bit of thought into it and I read numerous reviews before I hit the “purchase” button, but it was indeed on-sale, I did guess the size, and I did pray.
It arrived yesterday and I was so nervous when I opened the box. When I pulled it out, it looked really small and I had no idea how I was going to get it on, but I decided to give it a go. I put some Body Glide on my feet, ankles, and wrists and went to work. I’d heard horror stories of it taking 15 minutes for people to get into their wetsuits, but I had it on and zipped in just a couple of minutes. The Marine (also initially skeptical) did help me with the zipper, but other than that I was good.
I felt like I resembled a redheaded sea lion, but I didn’t care. I had great mobility, it was comfortable, and I already felt more bouyant (in my living room). It was perfect and there was much celebration!
For those of you that know anything about wetsuits (unlike myself) here are some of the particulars of my suit.