O.k., so this race was somewhat of an experiment. I raced without a wetsuit and lost some time. Probably quite a bit since the swim seems a little shorter this year than last based on looking at some other repeat offender times. I could blame it on the traffic jam at the beginning of the swim, but quite honestly this is one of the straightest swims I have ever done and the least amount of sighting. There is no excuses here - I was slower.
My time increase in the swim was forty seconds. And my time savings in transition was 33 seconds (net 7 seconds loss). Plus, like I already pointed out, I think the swim was shorter this year meaning that the time loss for no wetsuit was even greater.
My bike was 48:43 compared to 50:48 last year. Two minute pickup. T2 was 1:26 vs. 1:00 last year - shocking!
The run was 30:24 vs. 29:47 last year.
(-7+2:05-:26-:27) = :56 seconds faster.
I will never know how much the wetsuit would have saved me, but I do know that for now on I will always wear it if allowed if the swim is over 500 yards.