Spring into Action: Your Wetsuit Prep Guide for Triathlon Season

As the days grow longer and the weather warms, triathletes everywhere are eagerly dusting off their gear and preparing for the upcoming season. For many, this means retrieving their trusty wetsuits from winter hibernation. However, before diving back into the open water, it's crucial to ensure your wetsuit is in top condition. Here's what to consider when taking your wetsuit out of winter storage:

  1. Inspect for Damage: Begin by carefully inspecting your wetsuit for any signs of damage or wear. Look for tears, holes, or worn-out seams that may have developed during storage. Pay close attention to high-friction areas such as the knees and elbows. If you spot any damage, it's best to address it promptly to prevent further deterioration.
  2. Check for Mold and Mildew: Wetsuits stored in damp environments are susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Thoroughly examine both the interior and exterior of your wetsuit for any signs of discoloration or musty odors. If mold or mildew is present, gently hand wash your wetsuit with a mild detergent and allow it to dry completely before further use.
  3. Test the Fit: Your body may have undergone changes during the offseason, so it's essential to reassess the fit of your wetsuit. Put it on and ensure it hugs your body snugly without restricting movement or causing discomfort. A properly fitting wetsuit not only enhances performance but also helps maintain optimal body temperature during swim sessions.
  4. Consider Maintenance: Proper maintenance is key to prolonging the lifespan of your wetsuit. After each use, rinse your wetsuit with freshwater to remove salt, sand, and other debris. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or heat sources, as prolonged exposure can degrade the neoprene material. Additionally, consider using a wetsuit-specific shampoo and conditioner to keep the neoprene supple and prevent premature aging.
  5. Test Buoyancy and Flexibility: Before heading out for your first swim of the season, take some time to familiarize yourself with your wetsuit's buoyancy and flexibility. Practice swimming in a controlled environment, such as a pool, to assess how the wetsuit affects your stroke mechanics and body position in the water. Adjustments may be necessary to optimize performance and comfort.
  6. Plan Ahead: As you prepare your wetsuit for the triathlon season, take the opportunity to plan ahead for any upcoming races or training sessions. Consider investing in additional gear such as neoprene swim caps, booties, or gloves to enhance your cold-water swimming experience (insert store link). Organize your equipment and create a training schedule to help you stay focused and motivated throughout the season.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your wetsuit is ready to tackle the challenges of the upcoming triathlon season. With proper care and maintenance, your wetsuit will continue to be a reliable companion on your journey to athletic excellence. So, dive in, embrace the open water, and let the spring awakening propel you towards your triathlon goals!


Julia Aimers
CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist
CSEP High-Performance Specialist

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