Hi I apologise if I'm about to ask some really daft questions but here goes....
Ive decided to enter my first triathlon (been running for a few years done several half marathons and one full, not very fast but enjoying it all the same)
Im confident I will be able to cover the required elements with the time I have for training but Im totally clueless about a few basic things regarding kit...
I was not intending to buy a wet suit as the swim is in a pool and I'm only giving this a go to see if I like it. So if we assume im going to swim in a normal sports costume what would be the best way to transfer onto the bike/run stages ?
Do I pull on a pair of cycling shorts and off I go?? what about (ehh hem) my sports bra ? (essential bit of kit for me) or if I did dig down the back of the sofa for change and invest in a some kind of tri suit would it give the support needed for the upper deck ?
Do I need to have anything special for my feet ? I assume I just pull on the trainers onto wet feel following the swim so do you put anything in them - like talc for instance?
Sorry this is so basic but as I've said - I am totally clueless and I dont know anyone who's done a tri before
Hi MM and welcome to the wonderful world of tri
We'll have you signed up for an Ironman soon
Below is a link to the PSOF guide to sprint triathlons
PSOF Sprint Tri
This should answer most of your questions
the most import thing about doing triathlons is ENJOY IT
Brilliant link - thank you so much thats answered just about everything
MM, as regards kit to wear, I'm a top-heavy woman too and I did quite a few sprint races before I bought any specific kit. I found wearing a swimsuit (bit smaller and tighter than normal) over the top of thigh length lycra shorts did the job - you don't want to be struggling to pull a shirt on over wet chest and arms, believe me it can get stuck in all sorts of ways! Prior to buying a proper number belt I just used to use a piece of elastic with my number pinned to it - in fact when I began in tri, the organisers gave out bits of elastic at registration. Definitely talc inside the socks if you wear them, if not talc the inside of your running shoes instead. And practice the bike-to -run transition a few times before your first race, it will be well worth it. Running "off the bike" feels like your legs are mired in cement until you get used to it, so don't leave it until race day to try this out. Good luck and have lots of fun....let us know how you get on.
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