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triathlons in the rain(3 posts)

triathlons in the rainwaynebiker
Jun 11, 2002 3:55 PM
I have done a couple of triathlons, but they have all been on sunny warm days. How will one differ when it is raining and cold during the race. Any tips for a wet race, or is it just like going for a ride in the rain, once you get wet it really makes no difference.
re: triathlons in the rainbrider
Jun 12, 2002 6:32 AM
Depends on ambient temperatures. If it's warm but wet, it doesn't matter. Cooler temps require a little thought as to what to wear -- you won't warm up just riding. Think about gloves, potentially long sleeves, and maybe even knee warmers. You'll already be wet, so the rain soaking you really doesn't matter that much, but warmth-sapping fabrics will make things worse. However, one thing to VERY aware of (that many triathletes are not) is to pay attention to your bike handling in wet corners. I've never seen so many bloody knuckles and raspberried hips as in a wet triathlon.
pre-race tipSteveO
Jun 13, 2002 7:25 AM
I was at an unseasonably cold and monsoonishly wet tri a few weeks ago.

I saw a lot of shivering people with blue lips waiting for 2 hours in the rain; the race was pushed back hoping the rain would subside.

Some cheap raingear which you can shed at the start will make sure youre warm (at least) at the start.