I haven't done a Tri yet, I am a fairly strong cyclist as well as runner, but not so good at swimming. I hired a coach to monitor my training with cycling (my main focus, as I race recreationally in both road and mtb), and he is also a swim trainer. I took a lesson from him and learned alot about technique, now I just have to put it into practice.
What I'm wondering is, while I am getting more proficient at swimming (and I know that will take alot of time), can I use a wetsuit to be sort of an "equalizer", to help with buoyancy? I've been told this is the case by others in the local Tri scene, but would like to hear from others. Would this be a reasonable way to at least improve my swimming part of Tri's, while I try to improve with form, so that I am not doing the dog-paddle or dead-man float for the entire swim?!
If this is a reasonable strategy (again, only to bridge the gap until I do improve with my swimming), what kind of wetsuit should I get - farmer john, full length, short arms/legs, or something else? What thickness (water is cool here, but in the summer when I'll be doing it, its not too bad - could get away with not wearing a wetsuit in the summer)?
Thanks for any and all advice, tips, etc.