June 14, 2007

Seeing Manhattan from sea level: 'Now everybody, have you heard. if you're in the game, then the stroke's the word' **with apologies to Billy Squier

posted by tommytrump to other at 08:15 PM - 5 comments

Wet suits are not permitted Why would that be?

posted by bobfoot at 09:20 PM on June 14, 2007

Wet suits are not permitted Why would that be? Wet suits give the swimmer a competitive advantage (bouyancy and helping in heat retention). In other words, the playing field, playing river? would be not be level. Well, water finds its own level, but I think you know what I mean.

posted by tommybiden at 11:22 PM on June 14, 2007

I didn't think of buoyancy... rarely do...

posted by bobfoot at 11:33 PM on June 14, 2007

What if everyone wore a wetsuit? Some more open water mentalists here. And my own brief moment of open water madness (a mere 1500m, in a wetsuit too, as part of a triathlon) - shameless self-link. Obviously. One reason for no wetsuit in the Manhattan race might be so that people can change stroke more easily - it's quite hard to do anything other than front crawl when you're wearing a suit.

posted by JJ at 03:39 AM on June 15, 2007

Then where's the harm in making a wetsuit swimmer's choice? Sure, you get the advantages...and the disadvantages to go along with them.

posted by ctal1999 at 06:09 PM on June 17, 2007

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