Join Date: May 2005
Location: North Bend, WA
Bikes: Cervelo Soloist / Cervelo P3
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1. I prefer rimless sunglasses, since the top rim isn't in the way when I'm down on aerobars. I'm fond of some polarized Tifosis, since they look more like regular sunglasses rather than bike-specific glasses, and I can wear them on the run just as well as on the bike.
Part of the answer to #2 and #3 depends on the tri distance you are targeting. Assuming a sprint as your first race, the 2 things that are the most different from your current long-run and short swim training are these:
a) swimming in a wetsuit in open water (especially in colder water) isn't like swimming in a pool, so the sooner you get used to this, the better off you will be. In the pool, focus on technique first, second, and third.
b) running off the bike is really not like standalone runs, especially for the first few races. Most sprint race bike legs are 12-15 miles long, so overdistance (say 1 hour) rides always followed by a run, no matter how short, will prepare you mentally for what this feels like. I have friends that are pretty good marathon runners (just over 3 hrs at Boston last week), making them *much* faster than I am at any distance over a mile in a pure running race. However, our run leg times from sprint to half iron are almost identical, and I've even beaten their run times a few of them in some races, because I arrive at the bike/run transition with more left in the tank they they do. My swim technique is better and I pace myself better on the bike than they do.
Unless your upper body is extraordinarily weak, I'd skip the weights if I were you unless I had a lot of spare time. As a new swimmer, I would find a tri-specific coach or team that focuses on technique and stroke improvement since that will give you more benefit than more strength.
2007 QR Lucero
2005 Cervelo Soloist