It really isn't something that you need to do or even think about when you go out for a run, and that would be wearing a wetsuit. This is something that we thought would need to do, as at some point during the 24 hours we will be finding ourselves wearing a wetsuit to get around the course. Having never done the 24 hours before, we don't really know what to expect, but being warm is a priority. We should be warm just by running around, but the time the middle of the night comes, we need to consider the cold and fatigue, we might not be running but walking, the wind chill factor would also be something to think about, and from what everyone was saying about last years Enduro, it was pelting with rain too. Also the fact the we were freezing at the last Tough Mudder in March and that was during the day was also food for thought.
We were hoping for the ideal scenario to go out and run in a wetsuit which would be raining and a little bit colder, but if we kept waiting we would never get out there. So it was a little chilly, nothing too bad though, this was a great time to test the shorties.
So looking like two people that didn't really know how to dress for a run, and got mixed up and put on a wetsuit instead of compressions. We headed to Albert Park for a 5 kms run, to start with the chest felt a little constrictive. However the overall run was actually quite comfortable, the rubbing noise that you noticed when walking wasn't that noticeable, and the overall movement got easier. It did start to get quite warm relatively quickly, but we would need to consider that we would be stopping and starting when we get to obstacles, as well as crossing water (yes the thought did cross our mind to actually get into Albert Park Lake, but we didn't want to come down with anything so close to the event).
The wetsuit was comfortable and I didn't find any hidden sore spots that could potentially cause me some annoyance, Dave found a few chaffing spots that we now know that we need to remember. I also had a pair of 2XU shorts on underneath which I think helped. I didn't wear a rash vest and just a sports bar, as I thought I would be a little too hot with this on too. I thought it could be something I added on at a later stage, however it was also surprising how much heat it trapped, because as soon as you took it off, you cooled down really quickly. To take it off just to add additional layers may not be a great ideas. This is something else worth noting, if you want to stay warm, the only issue was really going to the toilet, but that is another dilemma that we will think about on the night.
In typical Melbourne style the weather is supposed to get worse during the week, so we can test out the full wetsuit in the rain before the event.
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