Today, I rode my bicycle out to Bear Creek Lake (just under six miles) and donned my Vortex 3 Sleeveless wetsuit which was a lot more snug than I would have liked. As I have not been swimming in a while, I also brought along my Blue Seventy Thermal Gloves, Swim Socks and Tyr cold weather cap. I needed all of it.
I swam along the main beach area. Going across is about 100 yards and I stopped and paused before returning back. I did this once more and then was informed by the park rangers that the open water swim area is in a different spot. I made my way over and swam another 50 yards.
I dried off, packed up my gear and headed back out on the bike for the ride home, which was faster than the ride out.
I did not think much about transitions, but was thrilled to be back out on the water.
Returning home, I was greeted by a timely advertisement from Xterra for the Vivid wetsuit for $79. I ended up purchasing an XL suit (my Vortex 3 is a L) and a swim buoy for visibility. These are required at Grant Ranch. All in I was at $79 + $9 + $19 shipping and handling = $107.
The size chart below would indicate a MLA for a 192 lb 5'9" and they recommend adding 10 lb for broad shoulders and chest. They did not offer much insight for abdominal fat, but I went ahead with the XL which would put me at the 210 lb mark for my height, which I am only 8 pounds away from.