I get high on lactic acid
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Bikes: 2003 Cervelo P3/2003 Trek 2000/2005 Norco EXC 2.0ht
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*off topic* wow, im impressed there jennings, you managed a triple post
*on topic* definatly get some cycling/tri shoes+clipless pedals.
No onto speed, I would say that saying it will work more of your hams is a huge if, it depends on your pedal stroke.
check this out-http://www.tri-ecoach.com/art13.htm
Now, some advice, get very used to the clipless system before you try to race on it. If you are unfamiliar with it, ask the shop you are getting the pedals from to let you set it up on a trainer and try to clip in/clip out a few times
Now with the shoes. Having proper cycling shoes will held you if you dont change you pedal stroke at all becaus cycling shoes all have very rigid soles(some more then others--carbon fibre), which creates a much more efficiant power transfer from your legs to your pedals.
Which shoes to buy? The question that you need to answer first is what do you want to do with it? do you want to do more cycling then triathlons? or do you do just enough cycling to keep fast enough fro triathlons?
If you want to do alot of cycling, and just a few triathlons, I would say get some road shoes(more comfortable over time), if you are doing alot of tris, and just a bit of training to keep your riding up then go for tri shoes(less comfortable over time because a single strap is putting on teh pressure on one part of your foot as oppossed to 3 straps evenly, but it is faster to get on/off)
Shorts- What I dont understand is are you wearing you bathing suit for the swim, then putting on shorts for the bike/run? If you dont have them, and plan on doing triathlons, get some. They are great, you can wear them in the water, and they have a small chamois, it is thick enough to provide some comfort for the riding, but thin enough to dry out, for the ride and also not get in the way for the run.
wow, this is a long winded post. If i am not clear on anything, or if I am wrong. Post something, questions, comments whatever. If i dont know it(I am relitivley new to tris, only 4 years), there is a large wealth of knowledge here.