Race Like a Champion with Gwen Jorgensen: Wetsuit Set Up Skill

When transitioning from the swim to the bike, the last thing you want to do is spend time struggling out of your wetsuit. If you do, you need to spend time beforehand to save time during your race. Here are three ways to speed up your wetsuit removal. First, use a non-petroleum based lubricant such as Bodyglide or Trislide, or an oil such as canola, olive, or lanolin to make the contact between the suit and your skin slick. Second, cut your wetsuit to your mid-calf to give your feet a larger opening. Third, practice your transitions in training. The next time you’re in T1, your suit will come off with ease.

Easy wetsuit removal

1. Lubrication
• Use oil
• Vaseline in cold water
• canola, olive, lanolin, etc oils or Bodyglide, Trislide, or similar products
** WARNING** Manufactures recommend against the use of petroleum based lubricants (Vaseline, shampoo, conditioner, cosmetics) as it degrades the wetsuit material. Use may void warranty.

2. Cutting your wetsuit
• Cut at mid-calf, creating a larger opening for your feet
** WARNING ** Cutting wetsuit may void warranty. Contact your manufacturer for recommended practices

3. Practice your transitions 1-2 times per week

Train with 2014 World Champion Gwen Jorgensen, the Wollongong Wizards and The Team of World Class Coaches at the Clermont triathlon camp in December. Click here for more info.


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