Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wetsuits and the 5150 Events

For those tuned into the new offering from the WTC called 5150, there will be a highly sought after new Olympic distance race series in 2011.

Registration opened on December 1 and I have my eye on the Hy-Vee Triathlon/5150 U.S. Championship (Des Moines, Iowa) and 5150 Galveston (Galveston, Texas). But for now, I'm holding back until I know if my wetsuit will be race legal or not.

Specifically, I use the De Soto T1 Water Rover wetsuit and am making darn certain it will be race legal for the 5150 events. Per USAT, these suits are race legal until 2013, but I wanted to make sure of that with the WTC so I sent them a note. I did get an initial reply back:
Hello Brian,

Thank you for your email. We are currently working with USAT to determine which wetsuit rules we will be abiding by. More information will be posted online at before the end of the year. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. Thank you,

Athlete Services Coordinator
Ironman World Headquarters
2701 North Rocky Point Drive
Suite 1250
Tampa, FL 33607
So for now, I'm waiting. As soon as I have the nitty-gritty details, I will share with you other lovers of 10mm neoprene. Then you will know for certainty if you will be race legal or not.

And for more information than you really need to know.....2011 is the year of the Rabbit. What will the rabbit bring us?
The year of the Rabbit will be a placid year, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. We should go off to some quiet spot to lick our wounds and get some rest after all the battles of the previous year.

Good taste and refinement will shine on everything and people will acknowledge that persuasion is better than force. A congenial time in which diplomacy, international relations and politics will be given a front seat again. We will act with discretion and make reasonable concessions without too much difficulty.

A time to watch out that we do not become too indulgent. The influence of the Rabbit tends to spoil those who like too much comfort and thus impair their effectiveness and sense of duty.

Law and order will be lax; rules and regulations will not be rigidly enforced. No one seems very inclined to bother with these unpleasant realities. They are busy enjoying themselves, entertaining others or simply taking it easy. The scene is quiet and calm, even deteriorating to the point of somnolence. We will all have a tendency to put off disagreeable tasks as long as possible.

Money can be made without too much labor. Our life style will be languid and leisurely as we allow ourselves the luxuries we have always craved for. A temperate year with unhurried pace. For once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances.
I like that money can be made without too much labor. Because general entry for these events is $150. Man, I better not let the Well Kept Wife™ see this blog entry!

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