Testing out the Wetsuit

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Six days until race day!

open water swim

Truly, I am getting so excited for this race.  It’s what I’ve been training all summer for – I’ve been signed up for months and months.  And it’s an out-of-town, overnight event, so Brandi and I have an entire girls’ weekend in Asheville, NC with NO KIDS and NO HUSBANDS.  We love you guys, but… sometimes, it’s pretty fun to be ALONE.  Hah.  Know what I mean?!  It’s going to be awesome!


I also realized something important this weekend: I’ve been kind of negative about how I’ve trained – thinking I could’ve done more (true) and haven’t done enough (maybe not true).  I like to go into events feeling super prepared, but even when I don’t, I usually have a really good experience on race day.


So I keep panicking that I haven’t done enough, but then I do these long workouts and feel nice and strong… I realized this weekend that I’m better trained than I think I am, and this race is NOT going to be one long slog through triathlon hell.  It’s going to be AWESOME.  As long as I race at the correct pace for my abilities on Sunday, I will have a great time.   And I’m so pumped.


So much of this race game is mental, huh?  I think that’s one of the things I like best about it.  As I said to Brandi, “I better check myself before I wreck myself!”


We did an open water swim + bike on Saturday.  I really needed that practice open water experience because the only other time I’ve been in the lake this summer was during a sprint triathlon.  I also really wanted some experience wearing my wetsuit!


So this Sunday’s race is WETSUIT LEGAL.  I actually did this event back in 2011 (so long ago!) and opted NOT to wear wetsuit despite the lake’s 65 degree temperature because the one other time I wore a wetsuit during a race, it made me freak out in the water (wetsuits are, obviously, constricting).  I was fine swimming in 65 degrees without one – just a little chilly – but I figured since this race is wetsuit legal, and wetsuits do make the swim easier (added buoyancy), I should give it another shot.


I actually borrowed the wetsuit from a reader named Laura (THANK YOU!!).  Verdict:  I am so glad that I am going to wear one.  Once I got over the initial “oh my God, this thing is squeezing my chest” and adjusted to the way it impacted my stroke, I was fine!  Better than fine, actually.  I finished the swim in about 32 minutes, at least according to my estimate on Brandi’s watch (she was just behind me, sans wetsuit, which I think convinced her to get a wetsuit for the race, too, because she is typically WAY faster).


After the one mile swim, we went on a bike ride.  Most of the people who do these open water swims are triathletes, so there’s always a huge group of people who transition to their bikes after.  We picked up a new friend and all rode about 12 miles together.   LOTS of hills.  Good practice for a race in the mountains!


And afterwards, we got tacos, so my heart was happy.


All in all, I’m feeling really great about Lake Logan.  I’ve put a few great long workouts under my belt recently, I feel mentally good about the swim, and I’m ready to tackle the course.  I can’t wait for Sunday!  Yippppeeeee!



  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 3, 2015, 8:25 am

    Great job. I really think this will be a huge confident booster for next weekend! Chipotle is the best! I never get the tacos though, I feel like you don’t get nearly as much food as when you get a burrito or a bowl. I always save some leftovers for later, so I can enjoy it twice 🙂

  • Adrienne August 3, 2015, 9:29 am

    Now you’ve convinced me to get a wetsuit too! I grew up in Florida (Gainesville) and am very wimpy in the cold water. Thankfully my local Tri store lets you rent!!

  • Katie August 3, 2015, 9:49 am

    Yay! I have the exact same wetsuit and love it! While the lake water in Minnesota does get pretty warm in July and August, the early morning race starts mean that I always wear my wetsuit anyways. This year I’m doing a race in Lake Superior (and jumping off a cruise ship for the swim start!) and debating going long sleeve, but I had a panic attack the last time I tried on a full sleeve wetsuit, so we will see if I bite the bullet on that.

  • Emma August 3, 2015, 10:06 am

    Asheville is such a great town! Glad to see you’ll get to take advantage of it with a girls weekend!

  • Amanda August 3, 2015, 10:26 am

    Hmm… you just made me rethink swimming as a workout. I always discount it because I have asthma and the pressure of the water makes me feel like I can’t breathe… but maybe it’s just that- pressure. I think I’m going to try a few laps (with albuterol nearby) and see if I can handle it. Thanks! 🙂

  • Breanne August 3, 2015, 11:16 am

    Ah this post made me miss triathlon so much! Congrats on your awesome workout this weekend and for facing the wetsuit/open water fear! I can’t wait to hear about race. 🙂 (unrelated, wondering if my wetsuit would even fit anymore…)

  • Sagan August 3, 2015, 11:21 am

    It’s going to be fun – you’re going to rock it!

    Good for you for heading off the negative thoughts 🙂

    Also alone time = so good & necessary!

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona August 3, 2015, 11:28 am

    Good luck on your tri! Sounds like having a great workout this weekend would be a good indication of how the race will go.

  • Cassie August 3, 2015, 11:39 am

    I often have to talk myself out of the “I didn’t do enough” mentality. There is only so much time in the day.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 3, 2015, 12:51 pm

    You got this girl!!

  • Jill August 4, 2015, 8:32 am

    I love that you know already that the race is wetsuit legal! Where I live we don’t usually find out until the day of the race, when they test the water temp (my race on Sunday was 2 degrees above legal, so everybody was just rocking swimsuits or trisuits).

    You’re gonna do great on your race. And I’m envious of whomever was riding the Cervelo in your bike shot!

    Have a great week!

  • Jamie August 25, 2015, 7:34 pm


    i noticed you’ve only worn a sleeveless wetsuit. is there a reason?

    i’m doing my 1st Olympic distance this weekend, and it’s supposed to be cold!! high 50’s – mid 60’s possibly. do you think i’ll be ok in my sleeveless wetsuit? i think it’s too late to even consider a full-sleeved one (i’ve never even swam in one before, and the one i tried on felt so tight in the arms that it hurt). i’m just really nervous that I’m going to be super cold for such a long swim! thanks!

    • Caitlin August 25, 2015, 8:13 pm

      you’ll be fine i think with that… i find the sleeves to be constricting, which does my head in. GOOD LUCK! you will rock it.

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