That is a tough question to answer. Low 60s w/50 degree weather is cold, but it's not going to kill you.
A year ago last June, I was faced with this decision, though it was my 3rd ever triathlon. The spring had been colder and wetter than usual. Wetsuits were recommended when usually, this is not the case for this race. I tossed and turned with the idea....and a coach told me I probably shouldn't... But I decided I would b/c I was able to practice it for at least one day before the race. The "beach pool" was closed one of the two days I could practice, but the day before was nice enough and I took it for a test drive. It was heavier and more constricting than I had anticipated and I had my doubts. But darn it..I paid $55.00 to rent the thing and I was going to wear it. It definitely had a different feel, but I just swam in it best I could and ended up with the best pace I ever had (they do make you more buoyant and that helps with speed). I practiced A LOT getting in and out of it and watched some YouTube videos on how to put one on and take it off. They also showed me at the rental.
So if you do decide, be sure to practice the on and off thing.... And try and get into the water for a bit to get the feel of it.
Best wishes on your decision..Let us know what you end up doing.
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