Was wondering what speed suits have been tried? Since the water will be too warm for wetsuits I am considering buying a speed suit to wear over my tri clothing. My last two races were not wetsuit legal and I swam in my tri suit but noticed lots of speed suits on fellow racers. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
I was wondering the same thing. This would be my first IM without a wetsuit, and I am not a speedy swimmer. I was wondering if they were really that helpful.
I use the TYR Sayonarra for non WTC races and love it!! I will buy the torque for IMTX. If you are on the edge of the sizing chart, definitely opt for the smaller size. I too have heard good things about blue seventy..
There is a big difference between the Torque and Torque Pro - the material and the fit on the pro is much, much better but of course it costs twice as much... If you were ever a competiative swimmer before all the new speed suits came out, the torque material is a lot like the old "paper" racing suits (yeah, I'm showing my age...).
But the suits need to be tried on or if you are ordering online try to get free shipping for returns because the sizes vary from brand to brand and even from model to model within a brand.
Showing your age? Stroke coach? When I swam in high school and college we didn't wear goggles or swim caps. I did the 100 and 200 breast stroke,swam on the freestyle relay teams, and dove one and three meter springboard. At this point in my life all of those nice extras like speed suits are a just reward.
I'm thinking of buying the blueseventy speedsuit :-) all i need is a suit to keep my trisuit form flapping about ~(pockets filling with water, etc)
Thanks for the replies. Has anyone used the DeSoto Liftfoil? Now I'll have to find a place that will let me try some on for size. Good luck in your prep for IMTX.
If you're a really fast swimmer, and you are looking for that something a little extra, then I can see using a speed suit. I mean if you're a :57 IM swimmer looking for help to get to :55, it might make sense.
But they aren't going to give much of an advantage or improvement to a weak or average swimmer. There's no flotation advantage to these things, and if you're a mid pack swimmer, you['d probably get more speed by taking the speedsuit money and giving it to a good stroke coach.
Spot on again Doug, but there is one advantage for even the slowest swimmer - namely that they can wear their race gear under the swimskin/speedsuit and speed up their T1 time ... we all know how long it can take to put a tri top on to a wet torso ... that said agree a coach is better value for most .. I think we should all wear speedos to make things even :)
And we should all ride Schwinn three-speed bikes and run in "Chucks" to really make things even!! :)
Technology isn't a substitute for training!
Actually, I DID rock the Speedo (brief) look last year! If you don't want to spend money on a speed suit but struggle with getting that tri top on over your wet body, be sure to pre-roll it. It tends to roll underneath itself when you pull it on so if you roll it the opposite way, and from the bottom up to the armpits, you can then roll it down over your body once you get it over your heads and have your arms thru.