Posted: 25/08/2015 at 17:00
Like you BCB, I am embarking on my first tri this year - it's a super sprint, so not a massive one, but more to see whether I can do it and if I like it.
As you have found, sportswear manufacturers obviously think larger ladies don't do sport and if you are over a size 16, you MUST be crazy to be doing anything sporty!!!!!!! (sorry, rant over!!).
So, what to wear?? Well, for me (and I do have body confidence issues, so there's NO WAY I am wearing a trisuit) I am going to wear my cycling shorts, a sports bra and a cheap mens vest top that I got from decathlon for about £3. It's lightweight and comfortable and will dry quickly. I tried it all out on Sunday at my lake swim session and to be honest, under my wetsuit it was totally fine. Even the padding in the shorts wasn't too bad after a swim, so think it'll be ok on the day, especially given the distances I'm covering are pretty small.
Good luck with your hunt for a suitable outfit and very best of luck with your triathlon.