Tips for Buying a Triathlon Wetsuit.

Thinking about buying a wetsuit for open water swimming and triathlon? Here are a few triathlon wetsuit basics.

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  • You need to try a wetsuit on before you buy it. The fits are different from one brand to another.
  • It has to be a triathlon wetsuit.  Regular wetsuits keep you warm but they do not provide the same flotation.
  • Any triathlon wetsuit will make you faster. Weaker swimmers get more out of a wetsuit than stronger swimmers do. Swimmers whose hips and legs tend to sink will see the biggest advantage because the wetsuit brings your hips up.
  • In general when you pay more for a wetsuit you get more panels with different thicknesses of neoprene. This makes the wetsuit easier to get on and off, easier to move in and it will make you a little faster. Bottom line buying any triathlon wetsuit makes much more difference than buying a more expensive one. Having said that the more expensive models are more comfortable and easier to swim in.
  • When you go to buy one, use the size charts as a starting point and try more than one brand.
  • Keep your fingernails away from the wetsuit because they can tear the neoprene.  Trying them on you may want to put a plastic bag over your hand/foot to get it into the wetsuit. Then pull it up a section at a time (one leg to knee, other leg, then up to hips etc.). If it is really easy to get on it’s too big! If it’s impossible to get on it’s too small.
  • You should be able to get a full range of motion in your arms with the wetsuit on and you should be able to do up the neck without feeling like it’s too tight. Trying on wetsuits takes a while so come alone or bring a friend who is willing to be very supportive!
  • If you plan to race in your wetsuit check first to make sure they are allowed at the event. All triathlons allow wetsuits unless the water is too warm (the cut off depends on the race and most local events are wetsuit legal). Open water swims may or may not allow wetsuits so check before you go. Our largest local event, the Bushtukah Bring on the Bay 3K Open Water Swim does allow wetsuits.

2016 Events- The Gatineau Triathlon

Held each year at Lac Leamy Park this event includes triathlons, duathlons and running races for adults and for younger age group racers. Some of the races are part of the Quebec Cup.

This was our second year a sponsor at this event but we have entered a corporate team each year since 2013.

In 2013 we entered a team and placed second behind Service de Police de Gatineau.

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In 2014 we stepped it up a notch and placed first. The Service de Police de Gatineau were second.

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In 2015 we entered two teams and placed second and third. The Service de Police de Gatineau were first!

In 2016 we entered two teams again. We placed 1st and 3rd with Service de Police de Gatineau in 2nd. Our Stittsville store manager would want you to know that the Bushtukah Stittsville store was the winning team. img_3087

We will be back in 2017 and we have no doubt that the Service de Police de Gatineau will be too. It’s a lot of fun and each year we have won a giant cheque to donate to charity.

2016 Events- The Winterlude Triathlon

The Winterlude  triathlon is a skate-ski-run triathlon held on the Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink.  It’s part of Ottawa’s Winterlude, a celebration of Canada’s unique northern climate and culture. It is also the first event required to win a Rudy a triathlon award unique to Ottawa. It’s an 8k skate followed by an 8k ski and a 5k run.

Bushtukah has been a sponsor for many years. Mother nature often plays a role in this event. We have had years when it was really cold and years when it was not cold enough. IMG_0256_copyLucky for us all, long time race director Rick Hellard rolls with the weather and always makes it happen. This year we skied and ran at Moonies Bay.

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The 2017 edition of the event will be held on February 4th. Details can be found here.

2015 Events- The Gatineau Triathlon

Held each year at Lac Leamy Park this event includes triathlons, duathlons and running races for adults and for younger age group racers. Some of the races are part of the Quebec Cup.

This was our first year a sponsor at this event but we have entered a corporate relay team for the last three years. In 2013 we entered a team and placed second behind Service de Police de Gatineau.

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In 2014 we stepped it up a notch and placed first. The Service de Police de Gatineau were second.

2014-podium

 

This year we entered two teams and placed second and third. The Service de Police de Gatineau were first! We will be back in 2016 and we have no doubt that the Service de Police de Gatineau will be too. It’s a lot of fun and each year we have won a giant cheque to donate to charity.

The 2016 edition will be held July 9th.

2015 Events- Bushtukah Bike Night

This was the second year for Bushtukah Bike Night. It’s a free event held in store on a Sunday night in early spring. We bring together representatives from major bike brands including Trek, Cannondale, Cervelo, Shimano, Mavic and more so you can see what’s new and cool.

This year our special guest was Katie Compton.

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We even have FREE beer and hot dogs!

Mark your calendars the date for 2016 will be March 20th.

2015 Events-The Winterlude Triathlon

The Winterlude  triathlon is a skate-ski-run triathlon held on the Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink.  It’s part of Ottawa’s Winterlude, a celebration of Canada’s unique northern climate and culture. It is also the first event required to win a Rudy a triathlon award unique to Ottawa.

Bushtukah is a long time sponsor of this event which features athletes of all abilities. When mother nature co-operates it’s an 8k skate, an 8k ski and a 5k run. When she does not the race still goes on we just have to improvise a little.  A great event that’s worth braving the cold for (and this year it was cold)!

The 2016 date is January 30th. Details and registration can be found here.

Ten Online Shopping Ideas for Triathletes

All of these items be found online at http://www.bushtukah.com and in our retail stores.

A assortment of energy products – to find a new favorite.

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A Garmin Forerunner 920XT– the latest and greatest GPS watch for triathlon.

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A micro fiber pack towel– light weight and compact.

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Compression sleeves – for race and recovery.

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A transition bag– to keep everything organized.

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A time trial helmet– built for speed!

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A race belt– a must for smooth transitions.

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A bike frame bag– for snacks on the bike.

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A myFloat– for safe open water swims.

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A Bushtukah gift card – for use online or in store.

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