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CDNTRIGIRL's Photo CDNTRIGIRL Posts: 136
5/5/10 9:15 A

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I'm pretty sure that I was "bigger" than you for my first tri... I weighed about 257 then. I have worn the 2XL shorts from Zoot and their XXL top. I also have some Aerotechdesign shorts for riding (now starting to be too big!). I have a women's fit wetsuit from Blue Seventy from TeamEstrogen. I do recommend one as well if you think you are going to continue to do triathlons. Consider renting one though. They stretch in width but not length so consider trying a couple different ones one. You want to make sure you can rotate your arms well. I only do a little flutter kick. I like to save my legs for the bike run and with a wet suit they just glide behind.

We had a similar post in my cycle group and lots of people have had good luck on Ebay and 1/2 the price. I say 1/2 the price and if it's your size, give it a go!

Good luck with your tri. 80% of success is just showing up to the starting line!

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5/5/10 6:39 A

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Have you tried junonia.com or teamestorgen.com? They have large sizes but their prices are high.

I saw a blog on the internet and while it is dated (June 2009), it may have some useful ideas.
http://plusrunner.com/2009/06/10/plus-si
zed-triathlon-clothing-yes-its-out-there/

Sounds like you may need to rent a wetsuit. Here is a website for rental though there may be somewhere local in your area. http://www.wetsuitrental.com/

I'm sure you will find something that will work well for your tri.

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5/4/10 8:39 P

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I don't know what to tell you for xtra large tri gear, although RobbieMarie had a suggestions. The other option is men's tri shorts and singlets with a sports bra underneath. I would be very surprised if the water temp in June in Maine is warn enough to go without a wetsuit. Many tri shops do rent them. also Xterra offers some pretty good deals. They had some on sale for $99. If you live in Maine and are going to start doing tri's, I would definitely invest in a wetsuit. And even though you say you're pretty buoyant without one, you'd be amazed at how much easier the swim is with one.
Happy training! Keep us posted as to how it goes.

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5/4/10 8:17 P

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For starters you can find tri shorts up to size 5X at aerotechdesigns.com I think they may also have tops.

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5/4/10 7:51 P

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I am a MUCH larger sized woman and am getting ready for my first tri next month (oy!). I have been unable (via online searching) to find really large tri shorts/tri top and without them, I don't know what to wear.

Anybody have ideas for where to buy stuff (BIG stuff)? Or any other creative clothing combos that might work (since the money is tight, too). I'm just praying that the water is warm enough in Maine in June to not require a wetsuit because I don't want to buy one and I don't want to swim in one either. I am my own flotation device!

All help appreciated! Thanks!

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