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2/9/09 2:12 P

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I'm a triathlon newb so all of this is great advice. Thanks a ton guys!

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2/5/09 2:20 P

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Trisuit all the way. I prefer a 2 piece.

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2/4/09 12:10 P

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Everyone is different, but this was what I did for my first TRI.

The swim was a pool swim, so I just wore a regular one piece Speedo bathing suit. When I went to the bike, I toweled off a bit just so I wasn't dripping, and threw on running shorts, tank top, socks (I personally have to use socks), running shoes, helmet and sunglasses. I did not have bike shorts or bike shoes. When I got to the run, all I had to do was strip off my helmet and go, basically.

If you do keep your bathing suit on, practice biking and running in it, just to make sure you have enough support up top when you're running, and that it doesn't chaffe you anywhere.

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2/2/09 7:43 P

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Wow! Thanks for the kind words about my checklist. Zen - here you go. One thing I need to add is a flashlight, because you will probably be setting up in the dark. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Also on the morning of the race, walk between where you're coming out from the water to your transition area, especially after it gets light. Everything will look different once the sun is up, and when you see people wandering around looking lost, you'll know why.

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1/31/09 8:15 P

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Zen - here's what I did on my first tri. Being not overly endowed on top, and even less so since my weight gain, I bought a Speedo one-piece suit (they're pretty snug-fitting) and wore that with tri shorts over it, under the wetsuit.

In T1, peeled off the wetsuit and just tossed a tanktop over the suit, left the shorts one. It saved me money, and was more practical for me in case I didn't really enjoy it (I DID!). I just biked and ran in the suit with the trishorts and tank over it, no bra needed. The nice thing about that was minimal change time but also no chafing issues, without putting out a lot of money for a tri suit that I would/will hopefully still shrink out of.

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1/31/09 4:00 P

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Wow! Great tips everyone! I guess I need to look into a tri suit at some point. I'm still taking swimming lessons and they are going really well. I'm starting to feel more comfortable with swimming and more confident in my ability to finish a triathlon.

Keep the tips coming! emoticon

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1/31/09 8:20 A

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i wear a one piece tri suit, but have also worn tri shorts and top. T1 i have my helmet upside down with sunglasses (sometimes i don't use them depending on the day)and a sweat band. i also have my bike shoes with straps opened. a bottle of water and a towel. i arrive at my area (be sure to practice finding it from the direction you will enter. if i am not assigned a spot(larger races)i will try to have my area near a big visual marker, like by the big tree, or something like that.i also put a colorfull towel on my bike seat)
so anyway i arrive at my area, take off wetsuit if i am wearing one(if the swim is under 500m i don't bother with it, i can swim well enough without one. but there are some people who really don't know how to swim and need it to float, for longer races the time you gain from the extra bouyence is worth the time it take to get it off) rinse my feet with the water, dry them a little and put my shoes on w/o socks unless its a cold day then i will put my socks on. i put my helmet on my head and grab the bike, strap the helmet on the way out to the mounting area. i have my water bottle on the bike already with some kind of drink in it. and usually a gel of some type, which i will take about ten minutes before i am off the bike.
T2, i have my running shoes and socks set up. i have speed laces so i can just slide shoes on. my boyfriend does not wear socks( he is generally one of the top 3 in his age group, transitions are under one min-ave51 secs)hint for no socks from my fast boyfriend-duct tape on your heels. clean heel first with purell to remove oils, then put duct tape in blister prone areas. do this before the race of course.

i wear a visor on the run, so i put that and my race belt on while i am in motion heading out of transition. i also carry a small 4oz gu bottle filled with just water. but i carry that when i run around home too. they have water stations, i just like my little bottle. my transitions arent the best-i usually am close to 1:30-2mins for T1, T2 is closer to 1 min.

while setting up T1-be sure to check that you are in a good gear to start-somewhere in the middle, and that your chain is on and nothing got bumped during transport like your bike computor if you have one.







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1/31/09 12:23 A

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GladGad has a great checklist and step-by-step of her transitions in one of her blogs I think, or on her SparkPage. That is what I used for my transitions, though I didn't really worry about making mine fast in my first (and so far, only) one.

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1/30/09 11:46 P

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Yeah, I have to echo the sentiment that the fewer wardrobe changes the better. I almost always wear a pair of tri shorts (Sugoi makes some really good ones with minimal padding) with a fitted tri top. Some tops have built-in bras but that's not quite--ahem--enough for me so I wear a bomber sports bra under mine. When I'm sporting my usual too-many-pounds-extra, I look a little lumpy, but that's the breaks.

That said, lots of women race sprint distance in nothing but a swimsuit. That takes a bit more body confidence that I can muster!

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1/30/09 11:34 P

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I guess one question you have to ask yourself is how competitive you want to be. You can take a long time in transition, or be really quick. But i know for me to shave 1 minute off a 1/2 mile swim takes a ton of work, but it's easy to shave 1 min.off your transition.

I wear a 2 piece tri outfit, or sports bra and tri shorts, with or without a wet suit The shorts are not as bulky as bike shorts, but have a bit of a pad in them and it dries quickly. I'm probably wearing it in my profile photo!
I lay a towel out and line up my bike shoes, running shoes and race belt. My helmet and sunglasses are resting on the handlebars. I also keep a shoe horn near my shoes and use it to help get both my bike shoes and then my running shoes on. I do not wear socks, which is not a problem on the bike. I think if you are doing anything Olympic Distance (40K or 25M)or shorter, you do not need bike gloves. Remember, it's really hard to put on stuff when you're wet!
Sometimes I wear socks on the run, at least for the 10K in Olympic distance races. If it's a shorter race and I don't wear socks, prior to the race I will rub body glide or vaseline around the inside edges of my shoes. This seems to prevent blisters.
While it can be a good idea to settle yourself a little in transitions, the clock is still running. I finished 1 sec. ahead of a woman n my age group last year, and she was a better biker and runner. I just saved a lot of time in transitions.
Hope this helps. Remember, the tri is what you want it to be. If you want to finish and have a good time, then how much time you take in transitions may not be that important. But if you're a competitive person, then the transitions can be important.

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1/30/09 11:10 P

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I wear tri shorts and a separate tri top for the swim (with or without the wetsuit). At T1, I put my feet in the tub I have sitting out with water to clean the sand/dirt/whatever and then on a towel. The comfort this gives me makes my cycling and running better than if I had sandy feet causing rubs in my shoes. While my feet dry for a second or two, I put on a cycling shirt, then I pull on socks (same reason as above)and cycling shoes. My helmet, gloves and sunglasses are resting on my handlebars, so I don't forget anything, and head out.

At T2, I change shoes, drop the helmet and gloves, and go.

I am sure GLADGAD will chime in, too. She's got a great Transition checklist on her page that you can use as a starting point.

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1/30/09 10:13 P

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We all might have different points of view on this, but here's mine. I really want to do well on the transitions since I'm a bit on the slow side everywhere else. I wore a Tri suit last year (two piece from TeamEstrogen.com) so there wasn't any clothing issues:

Swim to bike: step into running shoes (I do not own bike shoes yet but want to)...that's right...skip the socks (practice in this), put helmet on, grab bike, GO...

Bike to Run: Park bike, remove helmet, grab hat w/sun glasses inside and while putting these on...GO

Make it as simple and easy as possible with the least amount of equipment as possible. I don't look as cute in race photos as others who might put on more stuff, but my transitions are faster than some of the top finishers. You'll beat out several people whose swim/bike/run times may be better than yours, but their transitions are not. Depends how much you want a good time. It's not important to everybody and there's nothing wrong with that either. :D

Good luck for a fun tri season!

P.S. On my main page on my spark page is a pic of me in the tri suit.


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1/30/09 9:41 P

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I'm sure this has been posted before, so I apologize for asking. Can you all give me some basics about transitions? For example, when moving from swimming to biking, do I just keep wearing my swimsuit (not investing in a wetsuit just yet)? I put my bike shorts over it and hop on the bike and go?

I'm just seeking confirmation on the way things go...Thanks in advance!

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