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Off Road Duathlon- Shoe Change?(3 posts)

Off Road Duathlon- Shoe Change?bk19
Feb 28, 2002 11:43 AM
I am going to be trying my first off-road duathlon(and actually first duathlon) this weekend and was looking for advice on the shoe change. Do most of you-

Change shoes at each transition point?
Use clips/ straps so as to save time/ keep it simple at the transitions (I normally use clipless for riding, but could dig out the clips and straps if need be)?

The time at transitions isn't what I'm concerned about, just to keep it simple for my first race. I'm not really looking to be competitive, just to have fun and finish. So should I do the change or just keep the running shoes on?

Thanks for helping out a newbie!
re: Off Road Duathlon- Shoe Change?brider
Feb 28, 2002 2:00 PM
As you stated with your goals, go with the shoe change. Now if the transition time becomes a concern, and depending on the race distance, I'd still stay with the shoe change (for foot health and power transfer reasons), but make sure that the shoes can be changed quickly. Bike-to-run transition times should be in the under-a-minute range any way (I think my best was around 20 seconds).
and the correct choice wasbk19
Mar 4, 2002 8:15 AM
So, I did the race this past weekend. The conditions weren't exactly the kindest (low 30's, low to mid 20's with wind chill, plus a VERY wet course), but it was a lot of fun. As far as the shoe change goes the choices were:

A. stick with running shoes
B. switch to bike shoes
C. hip waders for the bike section

The correct answer: C Hip waders. Two days of rain combined with a course the covered some marsh land made for a lot of deep mud and water, up to knee deep in areas. Essentially, about 1/2 of the course was unridable. So, by the end of the bike (Hike?) you were soaked, cold (remember, it was in the low 30's) and just hoping your feet would make it through the final run. Luckily, the race was held just north of New Orleans, so there was some hot red beans and rice waiting at the finish line for us weary souls.

Despite the conditions, the race was fun and and I can't wait for the next one. Yes USAT, the upgrade from my one day license is in the mail. Now, I've got a month to get ready for my first on-road duathlon.