So if you didn’t know, I have a triathlon on Sunday. And we’re getting hit by the remnants of Andrea. No major storms, just a lot of rain, from what I understand.
Sunday should be nice enough though, so I’m not too worried. There is a chance that tomorrow’s practice open water swim will get cancelled, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
However, all this rain means that the water could be a bit cooler than normal.
Now, it’s only a quarter mile swim. It’s not that far. Less than 15 minutes and I’ll be done (I don’t actually know how long it will take me to do 400 meters, because I have never just done 400 – I always swim more, lowering my average pace). So it seems silly to wear a wetsuit if it’s not going to be that cold. I’m choosing to not worry about it.
Of course, I’m a professional panicker, so I had to consider a wetsuit anyway. I bought one from Xterra. I wanted a sleeveless wetsuit. Seemed simple enough. I went with the women’s XL.
Now, I know wetsuits are supposed to fit tightly, but this one wasn’t happening. I managed to get it over my hips, but when I pulled it up to my chest, I just started laughing. This thing was not going to cover my chest whatsoever. “The girls” were going to end up squished outside of the arm holes (sorry, guys).
Clearly, it’s getting returned.
But now what do I do? I checked out Xterra’s site, and they said that if a women’s XL is too small, go to a men’s size, but not in the sleeveless, because those won’t work on women.
So I guess I flip brands (I went with them due to a team discount). But do any other curvy girls out there have suggestions? Are there companies who make triathlon wetsuits for bigger women?
And if there aren’t, who wants to start one with me? We need more good gear for bigger girls.