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Apparel question for my first tri(5 posts)

Apparel question for my first triOfiesty
Jul 26, 2002 3:16 PM
I am doing a sprint triathlon in a week, my first one, and am wondering what the best choices are for what to wear. seeing as i'm female, tips from any women with more experience would be especially helpful. i am in virginia, and it's pretty warm here these days, so for the swim i don't think a wetsuit would be necessary.

one twist to the race is that the run is broken up into two pieces, so it is .3 mi swim, 1.2 mi run, 13.5 mi bike, 2.2 mi run. related to this, i was also wondering if it would be worth it to skip the clipless pedals on my bike and just use baskets instead, so i don't have to change shoes three times.

thanks in advance for any advice, and any general advice for a newcomer would be much welcomed--
re: Apparel question for my first tribrider
Jul 29, 2002 9:08 AM
As for pedals, there are platforms (early versions were named "Thompson Timeless Transition Pedals") that support the entire length of the foot, making running shoes appropriate for biking (but be aware that it does affect the effective saddle height). Given that it's a fairly short ride, you might not lose much. The question to ask is this -- what is your goal? If it's to just finish, make the distance, and not kill yourself, then do what ever you're more comfortable with.

As for other clothes, a lot of the ladies go with a supportive sports bra and a tri-top, and bike-style shorts (padded or unpadded is up to you, but the general consensus is that Titanwear and Desoto are the top choices).
thanks and one more questionOfiesty
Jul 30, 2002 6:36 AM
Thanks for the apparel advice.

As for the pedals, would it be possible/wise to do the bike segment with just the running shoes and baskets? or are the platforms necessary to get a comparable performance? (for the record, since it is my first tri, my goal is to just finish without being last)
certainly possible.Steve_0
Jul 30, 2002 7:36 AM
Being a sprint, nearly anything is possible without serious repercussion. As mentioned above, based on your goals, go with whatever your familiar/comfortable with.

If you can comfortably ride 10-20 miles in sneaks, go for it. If you prefer riding in clipless, you'll only lose a de minimus of time in the transition (relative to your goals).

Unless youre out to win, dont sweat the details; enjoy.
thanks and one more questionbrider
Jul 31, 2002 6:39 AM
Should be no problem, just be aware that if you're already using bike shoes and clipless pedals, the running shoes combioned with clips and straps will put you higher, and you may want to raise the seat slightly to compensate.