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5/11/10 10:29 A

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I use a race belt as well, its very convenient and pretty cheap. I think I got mine (its Ampiphod brand I think) off of runningwarehous.com.

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10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
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5/11/10 7:09 A

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Thaks DRC2205 and HELENGUNTHER for the feedback on the racebelt.

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5/9/10 11:33 A

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Race belt for me as well. And I wear it under the wetsuit, if it's a wetsuit race. If not, I put it on in T1

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5/9/10 9:23 A

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I use a race belt, and really like having one. They're only about 10 bucks, and makes my transitions pretty easy. With the race belt I don't have to pin my number onto my top and have it on during the swim. I usually don't put any other clothes on during transition (I wear a tri top), so I don't need to worry about safety pins, and either in T1 or T2 I just grab my race belt, click it, and go.

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5/8/10 11:50 P

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I was reading a race report from 2009 for the Triathlon I'm training for this year and it included a link to photos. You can get a good idea of what people were wearing. From swim suits, to t-shirts and shorts, to trisuits. I did notice that many women are wearing race belts to hold their numbers. Do many here use racebelts or just safety pins? Is that something you purchase ahead of time?

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I just noticed in one of the pics, a woman is wearing headphones. Hmm, I thought for USAT events you couldn't use an IPOD or MP-3 Player. I'll have to look into that for this particular race.

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4/17/10 8:47 A

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For my first tri a few years ago, I wore a swim suit and then threw bike shorts on after the swim. It was a little tricky getting the bike shorts on due to being wet, but I did it. My T1 time was a decade long, but I still finished and that was really all that mattered!

I suggest not buying all the triathlon clothing until you know you will like doing triathlons! But I guarantee that you'll love it and then you can go crazy!

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4/11/10 5:14 P

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it was DEFINITELY a useful incentive to keep pushing myself running today's hilly 10-miler
(i was cursing my spare tire & other assorted jiggly parts along the way)
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4/10/10 8:37 P

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LOL--yep. Spandex is pretty unforgiving. But if you stay active, it won't matter!

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4/10/10 5:33 P

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oh MAN!
i am NOT skipping my planned 10 mile run tomorrow.
i bought myself tri shorts today and WOW
spandex reveals all my sins
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4/9/10 5:58 P

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tomorrow = shopping day!
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4/4/10 6:20 P

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Sounds like your instincts are good. And I haven't had issues with tri tops riding up. Just find one that fits you.


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4/4/10 4:01 P

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well, i'll be completing my first sprint event this summer in Toronto, Canada.

And I was THINKING of investing in a pair of tri shorts (which everyone's advice seems to confirm is a good thought...)
However, for the swim... I'm not 100% sure if we have to wear a wet suit for the event (which will be a good thing to look into soon).

So my instinct was to find a tri top/tank to wear and that it would hopefully see me (comfortably!) through the swim, bike & run....

(i just hope it doesn't ride up!)



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3/24/10 1:16 P

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DRC - Good point about the swimsuit, some people would have problems, that's why it's so important to practice several times in the clothes you'll actually be wearing for the race.

I did 2 separate practice runs in my race clothes, making sure to get my suit wet like it would be in the race. Lucky enough for me, I didn't have any problems.

Be fearless.
You only fail when you stop trying.
"The cure to anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea." - Isak Dinesen

5K PR: 25:28 (Nov. 09)
5 Mile Race PR: 44:36 (Dec. 2011)
10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
15K PR - 1:29:59 (Apr. 2011)
Half Marathon PR - 2:03:39 (Apr. 12)
Marathon PR - 4:48:55 (May 2011)
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3/19/10 3:06 P

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I kind of agree with Shorty--you don't need to go all out for your first race. That being said, there was no way I could ride my bike in a swimsuit. The leg bands rubbed when I cycled and I never would have made it, even in a sprint. And I wouldn't even attempt to swim and run in cycling shorts. The only other possibility for me was black compression running shorts, but I started searching for sales instead.

So before my first race, I found a pair of Sugoi tri shorts on sale (turns out that I love them!), and then wore a black sports bra on top. For the swim, I had my borrowed wetsuit over my clothes (you can rent them as well, because that could be your biggest expense otherwise). At T1, I took off the wetsuit and put on a cycling shirt and cycling socks and shoes, along with my helmet and gloves. For T2, Off came the helmet and gloves, and I changed shoes.

The only item I purchased for my first race was the tri shorts.

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3/17/10 8:18 A

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I'm going to go against the grain here, and say that you do not need tri clothes for your first tri. Are they better to have, sure, but what if you find you don't like doing triathlons? Then you're out that money.

I've technically only done one tri (my second one got turned into a duathlon b/c of storm debris in the river), and I just wore a one piece Speedo type bathing suit, and threw running shorts and a tank on over top when I got to the bike. Then when I got to T2, all I had to do really was take off my bike helmet and go. I just wore running sneakers for the bike also.

Since it was my first, my only goal was to finish, so I was not concerned really about fast transition times or anything.

I guess my whole point in this is that I wouldn't spend a bunch of money on gear if I wasn't sure if I would ever do one again. If you do find that you love them, great, then you can stock up on all the tri gear that you want.

Be fearless.
You only fail when you stop trying.
"The cure to anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea." - Isak Dinesen

5K PR: 25:28 (Nov. 09)
5 Mile Race PR: 44:36 (Dec. 2011)
10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
15K PR - 1:29:59 (Apr. 2011)
Half Marathon PR - 2:03:39 (Apr. 12)
Marathon PR - 4:48:55 (May 2011)
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3/16/10 11:50 P

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Yup, I agree with everyone here. Depending on the length of the race and your comfort level will determine what you wear to race in. My first few tris were pretty short, so I did the entire race in a 2 piece speedo suit. Might not have been pretty, but it worked. Now I race in tri gear, which I only get on sale! I like Zoot, but it's a personal preference. Some good online sites are sportsbasement.com and wetsuitsonsale.com. Also, some other lady sparkers have loved Danskin tri gear, and sometimes they have discontinued styles on clearance. REI is another good option, as mentioned before. Their own brand (Novaris?) is pretty good, and sometimes you can at least find it for 20% off.
Good luck with the new workout clothes!

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3/16/10 10:56 P

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Ditto what was said here about tri gear. If you can get away with only swimsuit support up top ( I cannot) then a swim suit and pull on some shorts could work. But I really think it is worth it to buy tri shorts and top. I have 2XU that I LOVE and also some Zoot and Sugoi that I got on sale at the end of the season. If you are doing a Sept. tri, you actually might be close enough to the end of season that you might catch some deals. Bottom line is that you need to try some stuff on! Everything fits everyone differently. Even within the Zoot brand, some stuff I can wear and some I cannot. And just so you know, almost no one looks good in the stuff, even skinny women, so just think about function!!

Stephanie

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3/16/10 2:41 P

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I like the tri shorts because they are quick drying. Using bike shorts would be a big mistake since they have a thick chamois and you will most likely chafe during the bike and run, not to mention being uncomfortably wet. If you don't mind wearing a bathing suit on the bike without padding, then you can go with a swimsuit by itself or pull on a pair of shorts over it.

I bought one pair of tri shorts a few years ago, and I am ready for a new pair. The brand I bought was DeSoto, which I really like. They are compression style and come down to just above mid-thigh. Being older, I am not into the little, skimpy clothes younger women wear. Other popular brands are Pearl Izumi, Zoot, and I am sure there are others.

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3/16/10 2:39 P

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You really want to get triathlon clothes. Especially for shorts. Bike shorts #1 will not dry, so will be uncomfortable on the bike, and #2 would not be comfortable to run in (especially if they're still wet). It might be difficult, but you should be able to find some tri clothes cheaper. I got some at City Sports Basement for $10. I like Pearl Izumi (it's also on the cheaper end). Some of the other brands like Zoot or TYR that I've tried use material that is so slick that I slide off my saddle, which is a pain. De Soto is good for some people, but a lot of my teammates complain the shorts chafe. Also the REI brand (Novara) I really like.

You also might want to think about training in the tri shorts instead of bike shorts at least some of the time. If you get used to the extra padding and then do a race with the thinner chamois, it might be very uncomfortable.

Edited by: IRISH98 at: 3/16/2010 (14:50)
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So I'm just kind of getting into this whole Triathlon stuff. I'm planning on doing my first one in September. I started by buying some bike shorts for training and a one piece swimsuit, then started looking at Triathlon clothes, pretty hefty price tag on that stuff. Do most of you wear the Tri wear? I'm assuming the difference is the dry time so you can wear the same thing for swimming, biking and running? Any preference on brands and why you like a certain one over the other? Any feedback would be appreciated.

Also my husband is going to do his first Tri at the same time so he's in the same boat and looking for a brand that is not sleeveless, he'd prefer a shirt style, but they seem few and far between. Thanks!

Dawn


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