New Workout clothes: triathlon isn't cheap
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
One of the nonscale victory rewards mentioned often on SP is new workout clothes. I'm thrifty. New workout clothes for me usually means a pair of capri pants from WalMart for 11 bucks or so, when the 2 sizes too large pair finally goes to the giveaway pile. Well, I'm training for a sprint tri: do I swim in a jog bra (tried it, no discomfort)? bike and run in a swimsuit (need the support of the jog bra)? It's not that long a bike ride: 12 miles, I'm guessing a little over an hour. However, after 3 weeks of riding, with various seams rubbing various parts, I splurged for tri shorts. Cha Ching, feel good, even after an hour on the bike + walk / jogging. I haven't worn the new shorts swimming yet. And as I'm reading about the shorts, what about tri shirts? Fewer parts to rub than a swim suit under the shorts. So, a tri shirt is being shipped, along with the race waistband to hold my number in place, backup swim goggles (my others are 3 years worn, prescription), and a neoprene microchip ankle holder to practice wearing in the pool, on the bike, running. Investment, yes.
Then, Athleta had a sale on clearance stuff: a fashionable running tank joined the order for the shorts. I wore the fancy, pretty shirt to run Tues. And received a compliment, something an obese 47 year old woman doesn't often encounter while working out! Shirt felt great, cool as described, wicked sweat away. Is it worth the difference in price from a WalMart or Academy shirt for half the cost? Maybe. I didn't realize when I started this training, that in addition to building muscle and endurance, I'd have to build confidence in my appearance, comfort when wearing form-fitting clothes in public. The pretty shirt is a step in that direction. If a boat is a hole in the water to pour money into, what's a tri? A race setup to empty your bank account? Next investment I'm considering: those bike pedals that clip to your shoes. My pedaling efficiency can use any help possible. And cycling is likely to last even after the race...