Soon some of you will be racing your first tri of the season. It's cold out there and the water is colder so pretty much all the swims will be wetsuit legal. Here is a great tip from Emilio DeSoto on wetsuit care!
Mine is in the bathtub at this very moment!!
A TIP FROM EMILIO: It is the start of the season. Just before your first race you pull out your wetsuit. You have not worn it in months. You put it on and it just plain feels tighter than you remember it feeling.
Did it shrink? Is the rubber less flexible? Do you need a new wetsuit?
NO, and NO
…well, more like
sort of, s...ort of, and YES unless you already own a T1 (just kidding).
The Tip: Soak your wetsuit a few days before your race. Soak it in a tub with 3 inches of water for about 5 minutes a few days before your race.
The Reason: Wetsuits are kind of like sponges. When they are moist they are supple and flexible.
Believe it or not, your wetsuit stays moist for days, even weeks between uses, though it appears dry… just like a sponge. Over time, as it gets really dry, it gets stiff and not-so-supple, thus feeling like it shrunk…like the way a sponge shrinks up.
More wetsuits rip at the start of the season, than any other time of the year, but your wetsuit will last longer if you wet it before you wear it!