Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Slide In, Slip Right Out

I purchased my wetsuit soon after I entered the triathlon arena. One of the things I quickly learned is that putting this thing on is not an easy task.  And never mind if you happen to be wet... it's almost impossible.

Over the last couple of years, it has become even more difficult.  I truly believe that the wetsuit has shrunk!  There couldn't be any other logical explanation, right?!

You hear advise from this person and the other on what is the best method.  I've tried the "plastic bag" thing, it worked okay, but it still did not do the job quiet right.  I've also heard, from several sources, that you should spray PAM on yourself, I've heard that this makes it really, really easy to put on.  Well, there's something about the PAM thing that I haven't quiet understood.  When I take the wetsuit off, and get on my bike, wouldn't any residue of PAM start to bake on me?

About a month ago, at an open water swim, we were discussing this very topic.  One of my friends said that he had used a product called TriSlide.  He said that it made putting on the wetsuit a "piece of cake".

My friend is in his late 20's.  His definition of a "piece of cake" was probably worlds apart from mine.

So as soon as had a chance, I looked it up in and found it.  Ordered me a bottle.  It cost $11.49 plus s/h.  I figured this was a small investment to test this thing out.  Worth the risk...

The water temperature changed since then, so I've not had the opportunity to try it out.  Until today.  It was time to swim with a wetsuit as part of our Ironman 70.3 Steelhead training.  Plus, the water got cold... again.

The product comes in an aerosol spray.  It's like putting on sunscreen or bug spray.  No heavy or thick residue.  A little spray goes a long way.

Sprayed my legs, front and back and my arms, front and back.  Forgot to spray my neck.  I must remember this next time.

And the moment of truth:  The wetsuit slid ride in!  No pulling, no tugging, no fighting, no pinching or bitching or complaining.  No huffing or puffing.  It was amazing!

And to take it off?  Same thing... Slipped right out!  Again, no pulling, no...well, you get the idea.

So, as far as I'm concerned, this is the best $11.49 plus s/h I've spent in a long time.  Now, I must remember to pack it for my trip to Michigan next week!