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Race Gear Guide - Swim

For most new triathletes, the swim leg is better at keeping you awake at night than the Boogie Man. If youíre not a strong swimmer, start off to the side and back of your wave so you donít have to deal with the frenzy of stronger swimmers jostling for position. Most (but not all) races will give you a swim cap, but because youíll probably use one during training as well, itís a good idea to bring one with you. Youíll need goggles for sure, and I usually bring an extra pair since I use them constantly for training and the last thing you want to worry about is scrambling for a backup pair when the strap on your trusty goggles breaks right before the start. If the water is cold, a wetsuit is the last piece to the swim puzzle. They will keep you warm and even help you float so you can swim easier. If you wear a wetsuit, donít forget to put BodyGlide or a similar wetsuit-safe lubricant on the normal chafing areas, especially the back of your neck.