Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Golden, Colorado - USA
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Congrats on pushing yourself to new challanges
I agree with the other posts - Rent a wetsuit before buying, trying on in a shop is not enough. You may (like me) perfer a longjohn style to a fullsuit (although I own both now). I only knew that because I rented several times trying both before deciding. A good full wet suit can run between $400.00 - $500.00 and I only use my full in some early season open water events - other than that they are just too warm for me. I know Fleetfeet near where I live rents them for about $20.00 (per day), also rentals also can be applied toward a purchase, so it's a win - win.
Yes - "Aero" advantages are less of an impact in shorter distances - No, Aero bars are not over rated, the bike segment is a Time Trial. I would suggest you experience the race distance first before making the investment of aerobars or any other upgrades on your bike - as you may not be comfortable with the distance. As far as time saved with aero hardware, you will make a much bigger impact if you can do your transitions (both T-1 and T2) in 2 min. or less - this will place you with the faster athletes of the day (in the transitions) and make a large improvement in your overall time.
For a Tri suit - I would say wait. Wearing something longsleeve in a race was a mistake, you want to be as cool as possible in all weather conditions. In 2001 when I ran the Marine Corps Marathon it was like 38 degrees and pretty windy at the start - I still choose shorts and a singlet. The only thing I added was thin gloves that I could toss whenever.
I never wear a Tri suit - but then again I'm old school and also pretty much only do 1/2 IM and full IM's and perfer to race in "cycle specific" and "run specific" race attire. Did you ever try to run in bike shorts? - As a runner it's something I could never do - although the padding in a tri suit is a compromise, it's not the same amont as in a standard bike short but it is something although too much for me to run in. In the old days when I did an Olympic distance tri's, I would do the entire race in my Speedo (adding only run singlet for the bike and run - skipping the socks too). Being dry and comfortable in the longer events are key (at least for me) so the change of race attire is a welcome thing, but an individual choice. In the Olympic and Sprint you can tolerate a little discomfort as missing a change in T1 or T2 could mean 20 positions easy.
Advice for people who can't run whatsoever - Start training! Work and spend the time on your weakness.
- Build you miles/day and miles/week.
- Use races as a part of training. Enter as many local 5 and 10k races as you can, as it will not only give you race experience, but help your running skills as well.
- Join a local track club - most tend to focus on interval work which will improve your Vo2 max which = faster leg turnover and speed which can improve your running technique.
I tend to run 65/week on average year round and compete in about 25-30 races during the year and consider running my key aerobic training.
Last edited by MHR; 02-14-05 at 12:45 AM.