Comments on: I Came, I Raced, I Showered http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/08/i-came-i-raced-i-showered/ The EPA Blog Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:52:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: AE http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/08/i-came-i-raced-i-showered/#comment-3859 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 02:27:21 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/?p=8523#comment-3859 Great article! It was nice to hear your personal feelings regarding the hudson on and before the day of the race. My fear of the hudson has kept me from doing the nyc tri, but after reading your article I am ready to sign up for next year.

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By: emyer http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/08/i-came-i-raced-i-showered/#comment-3858 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:27:52 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/?p=8523#comment-3858 Thanks for your kind words, David. Indeed, my Dad is spoken for.

With regard to your question about water temperature: This year, the Hudson was 77 degrees on race day, meaning that the temperature was what USA Triathlon deems “wetsuit-legal”. In the event that the water temperature is between 78 and 79 degrees on the morning of the race, athletes are not eligible to place if they choose to wear their wetsuits. If the water is above 79 degrees, a wetsuit may not be worn at all.

While wetsuits were originally introduced to the sport as a safety tool during races in cool waters, triathletes soon figured out that wetsuits are a speed-enhancer of sorts. The theory is that the buoyancy of a wetsuit lifts the swimmer, making it so that they face less water resistance. Many triathletes count on wearing wetsuits on race day for physical, and even more so, in my opinion, psychological reasons.

On the other hand, wearing a wetsuit means taking OFF a wetsuit in the transition area, which inevitably adds minutes to your overall race time. For this reason (and because I grew up swimming and never trained in a wetsuit), I prefer not to wear one (though I did in the NYC tri).

I hope this at least partially answers your question about water temperature and its relation to performance. I only compete in the summer so have yet to race in colder waters, which I imagine is an entirely different experience.

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By: David http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/08/i-came-i-raced-i-showered/#comment-3857 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:48:58 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/?p=8523#comment-3857 Gianna should consider looking elsewhere. I think he is very taken. Very proud of you Elizabeth. I am curious about the water temperature and how that impacts performance.

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By: Gianna http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/08/i-came-i-raced-i-showered/#comment-3856 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:40:00 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/?p=8523#comment-3856 To a cleaner Hudson!
PS Your dad is cute: is he available?

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