Right, this year is the year of doing a Triathlon for me. However I keep bottling it because I dont want to make a fool of myself.
Anyway there is a nice sprint Tri In Sherborne in August which I think I can crack.
I however have some very green questions.
Can you only use front crawl for the swim?
Am I going to hold anybody up swimming IE how is the swim set out usually?
What on earth would I wear to compete? Are the all in ones necessary? If not what are the alternatives?
Plus I have a very cheap road bike I am just worried I am going to look a bit daft compared to 1000£ bikes etc
I just want to complete a Tri there is no way I will compete with the top guys etc
Any thoughts much appreciated
+1 with cougs
as for kit, for my 1st tri I wore a pair of lycra running shorts for the swim (sea - was warm enough for no wetsuit which was good as I didn't have one!) and then put a running vest on in transition. did for me OK
if it's a pool swim, you can swim in swim trunks and then change in transition - but using lycra shorts (padded or unpadded) makes it easier.
and don't fret if you're a breaststroker - I've been beaten by one in a race swim!! but generally crawl is the fastest stroke so if you get hooked, learn it!
DF3 - yes
On longer races some people prefer 2-piece. This makes it easier if you need to use a portaloo etc
also if racing long distance ... it comes down to what your comfortable in .... there's little worst than have a long way to go when you are not comfortable
Or if it is really hot / some people like to put fresh top on (can be refreshing) for the run where tight areo fit is not as important
+1 with WW - it's personal choice
you are allowed to swim in a 2 piece outfit (shorts and top) but many prefer the freedom of just wearing the lower half in the swim and then put the top on in transition - although most struggle with this when they have a wet body!
Thanks for all the info.
I'm just trying to keep costs down really. If I like it then you spend a few more quid etc.
So first stage I think is 400m pool swim. If I went down the lycra running shorts route for instance would I continue to wear them for the bike ride I think its only 20k and whack a Vest on for that? Then coming to the run I suppose I change my cycling shoes over to running shoes and off I go? I think its only a 6K run
Trisuit issues - on longer races you may need to stop and it takes longer to get this off than just whipping off your shorts.
Some people find them very revealing and just cannot stand the thought of wandering around in a one-piece. I have an ongoing argument with one lady triathlete who thinks they are the devil's work but personally I think they are great and very forgiving of a less than perfect figure.
As an occasional triathlete, who is loath to spend money on things that I only use occasionally, I have a pair of tri-shorts, which are like lycra cycling shorts, but with thin, quick drying padding.
I swim in these, with no top, then pull on a running vest before I get on the bike. I choose my loosest vest as they are quite tricky to wriggle into when you are wet.
I also wear socks for the bike & run stage, but this is personal preference.
running tops are also looser and can cause a bit of drag on the bike
All Great stuff
Lou I think I prefer that option to be fair. Ill have a look for some cheapy shorts. Just going to be weird cycling with a soggy Ar**
Do Tri shorts come with padding
Ive need to use a portaloo in all distances I've raced ... you never know when it may hit
But a TRI suit is a simple oprion and there are pleant inexpensive options out there ... even Aldi seen to sell them now and then
TTri shorts have some padding but it is much thinner than cycling short as they are designed to be able to swim and run in as well as cycle
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
It all depends on the length of the race.. Sprint or Oly. I wear a tri suit and no socks HIM I wear tri shorts and Monaco IM I wear speedos under my wetsuit, change to bike shorts and bike top, and then run shorts and run top both bike & run with socks All about comfort for the longer distance
More costume changes than a Janet Jackson gig. Hope you don't 'accidentally' expose yourself on the way through.
TheVicar wrote (see)
All Great stuff Lou I think I prefer that option to be fair. Ill have a look for some cheapy shorts. Just going to be weird cycling with a soggy Ar**
Last sprint I did it was pissing down. Getting wet was the least of my worries.
Very true lol.
Chatting with everybody has put me at ease a bit. Last thing to worry about is the cycling because the rules are different to a normal bike race?
Very true lol. Chatting with everybody has put me at ease a bit. Last thing to worry about is the cycling because the rules are different to a normal bike race?
Unless you're an elite triathlete competing on the ITU circuit all tri bike legs are non-drafting and you can get DQ'd if caught drafting - warning for 1st offence, DQ after 2nd (some races will just DQ). Essentially you need to keep outside a 7m box to avoid drafting - 7m is measured from the wheel front of the bike ahead to the rear of yours (7m is about the length of a long wheelbase Transit for reference). and that goes up to 10m in long distance racing
You usually get a big lecture at the start about the drafting -and then woe betide anyone who gets caught (or goes through a red light as happened to one of my club mates - got DQ'd from a middle distance tri)
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