2015 Pleasant Prairie open water swims begin June 4

Triathletes will again be able to practice their open water swimming in Pleasant Prairie’s Lake Andrea through the summer. Under the new direction of the Aquatics department at the RecPlex, the program has a few changes from previous years, but continues to offer weekly open water swims and pre-race swims for the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon and the Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Triathlon.

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Iron Girl Triathlon & Wetsuits

Iron Girl LogoThere seems to be a lot of confusion, and concern, over wetsuits at tomorrow’s race. The info given out today is NOT the decision, just one possible option. Here’s the scoop:

They cannot make a wetsuit decision until race morning

The “80 degrees” water temperature that was quoted today at the race talk was taken Friday during the afternoon. It’s not the “race” water temperature, which is supposed to be taken within two hours of the race start (USAT Rules § 4.6).

I’ll eat my rescue tube if the water is above 78 degrees tomorrow morning. I did two swims across the lake today and the temperature is more like 76 degrees. It is definitely warmer at the beach, but in the middle, it’s the same temperature the lake usually stays, more like 75-78 degrees.

Even if the water is 80 degrees, you can still wear a wetsuit

USAT rules (§ 4.4) say that participants cannot wear wetsuits only if the temperature is 84 degrees or above. If the water temperature is 79 to 83 degrees, you can wear a wetsuit if you wish, but you would not be eligible for prizes or awards. So unless you think you’re going to win, or place in the top 3 people in your age group, don’t hesitate to wear your wetsuit if you wish.

Race directors can make modifications if the water temperature is 79-83 degrees

Per the course talk today, if the water temperature is 79 or above, you can wear a wetsuit but will go in the last wave. This is a scoring accommodation that the race director can make to separate out in the computer timing those who would not be “eligible for prizes or awards.” So even in the worst situation of warm water, you could still wear the wetsuit but would start last. (Though if this happens, they’re probably going to have to “divide” the last wave – it’ll be pretty big!)

So, short version – bring your wetsuit, wear your wetsuit, and don’t worry too much about it!

See you tomorrow (in the <79° water),

Coach Ken Johnson
Triathlon Coach and Fitness Instructor
Lake Andrea Open Water Swim Coordinator
Pleasant Prairie RecPlex

Online registration for Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie closes Tuesday

Online registration for Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Tri closes Tues midnight. Price increases for Sat onsite registration. Also don’t forget our Tues 6pm Thur 6pm and Sat 7am & 11am open water swims of the Iron Girl swim course this week! $10/$15 #IGPleasantPrairie http://ow.ly/zX2hm

Sunday drop-in workouts to prepare you for the Iron Girl Triathlon

Iron Girl LogoSunday drop-in workouts to prepare you for the Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Triathlon on August 10, plus “Conquer the Open Water” class for Iron Girl and Thursday/Saturday Open Water Swims. http://ow.ly/z5iLO

Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Triathlon price increase

Iron Girl LogoIron Girl Pleasant Prairie Triathlon prices increase on July 11; register now to save $10-$20. Also get on-course race training and open water swimming instruction and practice at the RecPlex’s Triathlon Training events. http://ow.ly/yY2I9