THE BENEFITS OF THE NEOPRENE WETSUIT
The primary function of a neoprene wetsuit is to keep your body at an acceptable temperature, by reducing your body's consumption of energy.
This means that you need to find out about the triathlon sites and temperatures to which you will be exposed during your training and competitions.
The colder the temperatures involved, the thicker the wetsuit that you will need.
The second benefit of a neoprene wetsuit is that it makes you more buoyant.
When you start a triathlon, the mass starts can sometimes be destabilising, but wearing a wetsuit helps to build up confidence while also reducing the level of effort you need to make.
The thicker the wetsuit, the more buoyant you will be.
Given the highly technical nature of swimming, the onset of fatigue can occur quickly if your technique is poor. If you are a beginner swimmer, you should therefore opt for a thick wetsuit (4mm) in order to reduce your level of fatigue during the first event.
You may also find yourself on start lines where you cannot touch the bottom in which case a wetsuit will save your energy as you tread water. When engaging in this triple challenge, every calorie you save will be important!
The final benefit of a neoprene wetsuit is its hydrodynamic properties.
Indeed, the neoprene panels used to make wetsuits considerably improve the capacity to glide through water which reduces fatigue at the same time. Bear in mind that in a long-distance triathlon (3.8 km of swimming), the time that you can save by wearing a wetsuit can be as much as 15 minutes! It can make a massive difference as you can see.