I am entering my first triathlon in Chicago in August, total beginner to tri's, training for the last 2 months. I don't swim the front crawl well, and am very comfortable with my breaststroke so i planned to do the mile swim in breaststroke, with some side stroke and periods of backstroke if i have some room. its really cold in the water right now but i've been out in it, and i figure i'll just have to swim it in my trisuit, as the wetsuits with bottoms make my lower half far too bouyant and push my head in the water, i have to fight my body to do the stroke correctly. i'd like to get a wetsuit pullover or wetsuit vest, to get the bouyancy in my upper half without the lower half, but i don't see many vests or pullovers for sale that are for tri's. and the DeSoto's are really expensive. is there anything out there to help me maximize my bouyancy while i swim without breaking the bank. what kind of bouyancy do non triwetsuits have and are they helpful at all if i can't find one i can afford made for a tri. and if so, what am i looking for when i buy one. thanks. Any other tri advice is definitely welcome too!