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DLEDBETTER11
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4/19/11 2:34 P

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The weather was horrible! Rain, 30 mph winds (constant...not gusts), and a cross country route under water. I LOVED IT!!!!!! Covered in mud and grinning from ear to ear, I crossed the finish line 8 minutes faster than last year. I'm in the Men's 40 - 44. 3rd in the bike and the run in my age group but my swim was slow. I'm no swimmer and was actually happy with this time as it was 5 minutes faster than last year's.

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I found a hourly weather forecast that helped me prepare for the ride. The starting temps were the high temps for the day (low 50's). So I protected core body and just rode in shorts. That said, as you can see from the results...I pretty much camped out in the transition area. My goal was improving the swim and just to survive (without getting sick or injurred) so I didn't set out my changes - it was raining and they would be wet. When I got to transition, I had to dig through a wet bag to find my shoes, socks, gloves, sleeves, race belt...



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4/15/11 3:52 P

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Running races in cooler weather is never an issue. For running around 55-65F is ideal. You're only decision is long sleeve or short. But for cycling in triathlons, you don't want ot have to add layers because of hte time it takes to put it on for cycling and removing it for running. So the ideal temp is closer to 65-70F, which is the lower limit of comfort for just a regular tri-suit. Although at 65 even, I might roll on some arm warmers.


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4/15/11 12:50 P

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I've run in cooler weather - and actually prefer it for races (Disney Goofey Challenge last year included snow, sleet and freezing rain). I have never had to start wet and jump on a bike. This will be a new experience for me. Thanks for all of the advice - tomorrow's the big day. I'll be sure to log back in and post results emoticon



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4/15/11 11:49 A

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My "A" race is in SE Iowa in mid-July. The coolest it's been in 5 years is 85F during the run. One year it was already 82F and over 90% humidty for the start of the swim at 7:30AM!! It reached 100F by the afternoon with dewpoint around 80F. The water temp was almost 80F too!

The HIM I did in early August a few years back was close to 90F during the run and sunny, with no shade at all.

Perfect weather is partly or mostly cloudy (overcast it too depressing), wind under 5mph, and temps around 70F-80F with depoints under 60F. You get this weather in mid to late May through early June around here.


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4/14/11 12:24 P

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Fascinating Point! emoticon



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4/14/11 11:02 A

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At least you can put stuff on. I can only take so much OFF! LOL!

-Carolyn

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4/14/11 10:46 A

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I would love those temps. GLADGAD. This is a sprint so warmer temps wouldn't be as big an issue. Have fun on your tri and think about me shivering through the bike ride!emoticon



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4/14/11 10:33 A

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That all sounds so miserable!

I have a tri on Sunday, but will have the opposite problem. It's sun and heat here. Starting temps will probably be in upper 60s/low 70s, which is fine, but once the sun comes up things heat up fast. I expect it will be at least 80-82 by the time I'm on the run. There's no shade on any of this course, either, but at least it's along the beach, so there should be a little breeze.

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4/13/11 1:54 P

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+whatever on leg AND arm warmers. If you're riding below around 60F you should have covered legs anyway. For the early season races around here I always bring warmers just in case.

You will be COLD from the swim regardless and there will be wind-chill when you get on your bike. Run should be no problem and you can run with/without warmers.

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4/13/11 12:57 P

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Thanks - I have arm warmers but no leg warmers...fortunately the packet pick up is at a local tri store! I can pick 'em up Thursday night and practice at the pool Friday morning.



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4/13/11 11:00 A

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On a 2nd thought. You might be able to just get away with just using a jacket and a headband and just suck it up. You might not make back the 30-40 seconds it takes to put all that crap on. Just ride harder to keep warm! Then roll on some arm warmers at the start of the run to keep a little warmer and leave the headband on.

Then again 45F is pretty chilly especially if it's rolling hills. Might still want leg warmers. IF your core gets too cold, it will affect your running pace, and could even result in injury if your a faster runner... by trying ot run on cold muscles.

At the minimum, throw a vest and headband on to try to retain some heat in your core.


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For that weather, I'd add a layer. The quickest and easist things ot put on are leg warmers (roll them onto your legs... do not try to slide them up on wet legs... practice this) and arm warmers and a jacket or arm warmers and a light vest or jacket. If it doesn't warm-up for the run, you can just run in the arm and leg warmers... or take off the leg warmers but leave on the arm warmers.

I'd use a skull cap or headbank on your head too.

Use any long finger cycling gloves if it's under 50F. The best ones for intermediate temps are thin but wind blocking. You'll want socks too (I normally don't wear them ot shave 20 seconds off transition times) so you might as well put you cycling shoes on at that point.

You should be able to get all this gear on in under 1 minute. It's worth practicing.

I bought a long sleeve normal thickness jersey for my early season race in 2 weeks. If it's under 55-60F, I'll put on the jersey. If it's under 65F I'll just roll-on arm warmers. Under 55F, I'd do what I described above.

Test some of these combination in training. For example, it's predicted ot be 58-62F Sunday here. I'm doing brick repeats in full race gear. that will give me a good chance to try some different layering techniques that a quick ot take on and off. My workout is 4mi bike then a 1200M run on the track. Repeat 4 times following a 1/2mi bike, 1/2 mi run bike warm-up and ending with a 1/2 mi walk/run, 1/2 mile bike cool down.


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4/13/11 10:14 A

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I'm new to this group (and have only completed 3 triathlons). This weekend is my 4th scheduled tri and the weather forecast has taken a turn for the worst. Starting temps are predicted to be in the mid 40's and will only increase a few degrees during the race. The swim is indoor (sprint) but the ride is through some tough hills and run is cross country.

I have no idea how to dress for the bike and run?!!? Does anyone have any suggestions?emoticon



 
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