The following rule changes apply only to WTC races (Ironman or Ironman 70.3 races) beginning September 1, 2010. All other USAT sanctioned races are not affected:
· 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.
In short, no Speedskin with SCS (or any rubberized material rubberized such as polyurethane or neoprene) will be legal at WTC races (Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races only) beginning September 1, 2010, when races have been deemed not wetsuit legal. If any race is deemed wetsuit legal, speedskins and wetsuits that measure 5mm or less in thickness will be allowed.
In response to the beginner triathlete's broad question (we do get some variation of this question almost daily), "What will I need to compete in my first triathlon?", we recommend taking the simplistic view and breaking down the triathlon into the 3 disciplines of swim, bike and run. Under each discipline, the beginner triathlete will require items to compete, and some items may be optional. Below, we have broken down the race into the disciplines of swim, bike and run as well as a separate section for transition.Read Full Article