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While cold water isn’t something we should fear, it is something we should respect and prepare for. Like any swim or triathlon, we do the work before hand, preparing yourself for a cold water race is exactly the same. Below are a few facts I’ve learned over the course of my racing career. All of these helped me not only survive the cold water, but thrive in it when others floundered. THE WETSUIT We’ll start off with the gear needed to make cold water swimming more bearable. The wetsuit, no matter the make, should fit well. Not too loose! This will cause ‘flushing’ through the suit, basically allowing the cold water to...

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After jumping in I knew this would be unlike any swim I had done before. Saul Stenbak, blueseventy shipping manager   On June 12, 2016, triathletes from around the globe including two blueseventy employees took the plunge into San Francisco Bay to take part in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Several iconic races have come and gone since the early 1980s, but in its 36th year, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon continues to grow and remain a bucket list race for triathletes from around the world. World Champions, Olympic Medalists and the best amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 40 countries...

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