To wear a wetsuit, or not to wear a wetsuit, that is the question.
The russian river water has been fluctuating between 24C and 26C for the past few days. Once the water temp hits 25.6C (78F), wetsuits will NOT be allowed per USAT rules.
To keep tabs on the latest water temps, check out this link:
Based on previous races, I know that, personally, I can't swim with a wetsuit in water over 70 degrees, and that is due to overheating, so I know going into this race that I will not be wearing a full wetsuit. However, seeing as though I own a DeSoto T1, I will most likely wear the bib john bottom during the race IF wetsuits are allowed. Wearing just the bottom will obviously not be as fast as the entire suit, but will help with speed (slippery-ness of the wetsuit), and keeping my legs more bouyant in the water (since my legs are like anchors while swimming).
I did my friday ocean swim with just the bib john, and actually liked it. It gave me the speed/bouyancy I was hoping for, with minimal drag (the suit isn't completely skin tight in the back due to the curvature of the spine). It did feel a little funny just wearing the "bib john", as I felt almost hick-ish :)
It'll be interesting if there are no wetsuits allowed since that will put everyone on an even keel during the swim.