Apr 16

New WTC Regulations and a Last Minute Reprieve

Earlier this week, the WTC issued some new rules and regulations.  You can read the full press release here if you want.  Personally, I found the new regulations very confusing.  The three changes are as follows:

  • Swimwear and swim apparel must be comprised of 100 percent textile material, such as nylon or lycra, and may not include rubberized material such as polyurethane or neoprene. Swimwear may not cover the neck or extend past the shoulders or knees. Swimwear may contain a zipper. A race kit or trisuit may be worn underneath swimwear.
  • Wetsuits cannot measure more than 5 millimeters thick.
  • Wetsuits may be worn in water temperatures up to and including 24.5 degrees Celsius/76.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Athletes who choose to wear a wetsuit in water temperatures exceeding 24.5 degrees C /76.1 degrees F will not be eligible for awards, including World Championship slots. Wetsuits will be prohibited in water temperatures greater than 28.8 degrees C/84 degrees F.

It is the first two bullet points that confused me.  The first states that you can’t have neoprene, but the second says wetsuits cannot measure more than 5 mm.  Aren’t pretty much all wetsuits neoprene??  I posted a comment on Xterra’s wetsuit asking for some clarification.  They responded promptly: “The first point is referring to speedsuits. Our current line of Velocity speedsuits will not be legal in WTC races with water temperatures over 76 degrees after September 1, 2010. All of are wetsuits, past and present, are legal.”  Whew.  It sounds like my Vortex 3 wetsuit is still legal.  YAY!

In other news, I may have issued the obituary for the Red Bullet prematurely.  It received a last minute reprieve and is back in action.  Thanks to the generous organ donation (used parts), I was able to get it repaired for less than half the original quote.  I opted to do the brake work myself which saved me the cost of labor as well.

Today, was a semi-day off from work.  I had to stay in contact if any email came in or issues came up, but I didn’t need to be tied to my desk all day.  Jennie had the day off as well.  After some cleaning and housework in the morning, Jennie joined me on my long run.  This was the first time she was able to join me this season.  We did just under 10 miles in about 1:20.  I am happy to say that my legs appear to be back to 100% which is record recovery time.

Tomorrow’s workout is under review and likely to revised.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I put it down on paper, but for some reason, I scheduled a 4 hour bike/1 hour run brick workout.  Um.  I don’t think that is going to happen.  First off, I haven’t even done a 4 hour bike ride yet by itself this season, let alone as part of a brick.  Secondly, I don’t think a 4 hour workout a week after my marathon is a good idea no matter how good my legs feel.  And thirdly, it sounds like tomorrow is going to be cold and windy.  Ok, I know, that third reason isn’t a great reason – I should toughen up.  I’m thinking that I might shoot for a 3 hour bike / 30 minute run brick instead, but we’ll see how I feel.

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  1. Lisa

    When I read the first bullet, I thought it was a technical way of saying no wetsuits. Then the 2nd bullet point confused me too… :-/

  2. Phil

    I’m looking for my first triathlon wetsuit and wasn’t sure if they could have neoprene or not and it’s been difficult understanding because they all seem to have neoprene to some extent. Your clarification, if I’m reading it correctly, is that skinsuits cannot be of neoprene but wetsuits can????? thanks, Phil

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