Holly - anything that covers the foot isn't allowed so compression socks are out - calfguards are fine as they are fully covered by the wetsuit
How long have I been doing IM and I've not got a transition bag. I just use the plastic drawstring bags they give you at registration. And a big blue Tesco bag for my wetsuit swims. Perfect.
This is taken from the rulebook:
9.1 Competitors shall use no aids other than a cap, goggles, nose clip and costume, which may be a wetsuit, for open water swims.
9.2 A wetsuit may consist of up to three separate parts. The wearing of wetsuit leggings only, gloves and/or socks is not permitted. The maximum permitted thickness of material is 5mm. This maximum thickness also applies to any overlap of material/s.
It's believed that wearing socks and/or gloves confer an advantage in the water as they can give extra propulsion as they effectively increase the surface areas of the feet and hands. Now you could argue that modern wetsuits confer propulsion advantages with catch panels etc, but as they aren't (as yet) banned they are allowed.
What you can do is to have some footwear handy for when you get out of the swim and to run to T1 in. What you can't do is have someone hand them to you - that's outside assistance. In many tris where the exit from swim to T1 is rough the RD's will often advise you to make sure you have footwear available for this. But I'd always check with the RD or BTF Official to get clarification at the event as some may, others may not - it's discretionary.
I live next to the sea and the beach is shingle - I have yet to get used to walking barefoot on it!! as you say - just HTFU and get on with it....
which race are you doing out of interest??
With the mention of sewage I thought you were going to say turds there Holly!
I have one of those nice transition bags, I could have done with it today, but the bl##dy kids have borrowed it for scout camp this weekend! I had to make do with a tesco bag.
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