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    beginner gear and transitions....

    Hey all, I'm thinking about signing up for a sprint tri (5oom, 8mi, 5k) in September and I'm doing a little research. While training, gear, and lots of other topics have been covered I'm having a problem finding an article on gear for a beginner, and how it all works transitioning, etc. My question really revolves around what gear you put on and when. Eg, I'm a cyclist, and have plenty of bibs and jerseys. I also have a board shorts and a wetsuit, and running shoes. So it really revolves around what the layering of stuff is.

    eg, should I wear a set of bike bibs/shorts under the wetsuit directly? or should I just use the board shorts, and then change into the bike shorts in the transition area? As well, should I change out of the bibs/shorts and into running shorts or just run in them?

    I found this article and realize that I have some el cheapo cycling bibs/shorts with very little padding... could I just wear those and be good for the race?

    I'm probably over thinking this, but thanks for reading!
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    Most races, nudity in the transition area is frowned upon, so getting nekkid after the swim to put on your bibs is probably a nonstarter. That means you'll probably bike (and then run) in whatever you swim in. If you have a thin pair of bike shorts, you might try them in the water to see if they feel like a diaper when wet.

    Pearl Izumi and others make Tri shorts that are fairly affordable (~$35 if you can catch a sale). I have a pair of these and they work well. That being said, don't get too hung up on style points -- I did my first Tri in a pair of baggy Columbia hike/swim shorts that I found in the bottom of my summer drawer. They were plain black nylon and dried quickly. The bike course wasn't so long that I worried about needing padding or chaffing.

    You'll want to check the anticipated race day water temp to know if you'll want/need the wetsuit.


    Just for a frame of reference: My last event -- last weekend -- I wore a Tri Suit (1 piece by Zoot) and a rented wetsuit over the top. During T1, I skinned out of the wetsuit, put on socks and bike shoes, gloves, helmet, and crammed some gels in my suit pockets. Then I biked like a crazy fool. I returned for T2, swapped shoes, hung up the helmet, and made for the finish line.

    One last thing: Find a pair of thin but loose socks. It sucks to put on socks onto wet feet while standing on one leg (you might even practice doing this).

    Good luck!
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    First off, don't worry about transition time-just enjoy the experience. I did buy some tri shorts because it made sense to go that route. Always planned on doing more events.

    Lots of videos on the net regarding transition set-up and procedure.

    If a wet suit is allowed, lube yourself up so the wet suit is easier on and off. Powder in the socks for easier sliding on. Just go with the flow. My first 2 sprints last July and September I went hard and fast in hot and humid Fl. Not much fun. Did 2 more with a Sunday morning workout frame of mind and they were much more fun. Just did Ironman 70.3 Fl. with same frame of mind and it was hot and humid but I had a ball.

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    A pair of tri shorts is a good investment. It gives you a little padding, dries quickly, and you can run in them. I wear tri shorts and a tight fitting top. That way I don't take off or put on shorts and top the whole race. I just pull on socks and bike shoes at T1 (and of course the helmet) and exchange the bike shoes for running shoes at T2.

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    My first tri is coming up in less than a week and I'm still planning out my transitions too.

    I'll just be wearing a Zoot tri top and a pair of thin-padded tri shorts that I bought a while back for short rides anyway. Water temp is in the 70s, => wetsuits optional (I'm opting not).

    So my plan is;
    T1; pull on shoes (no socks) helmet, shades and gloves.
    T2; shoes, helmet, gloves off; socks, runners on.


    Question; what's the deal with number belts? Do I have to wear it during the swim, or is that a T1 addition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
    My first tri is coming up in less than a week and I'm still planning out my transitions too.

    I'll just be wearing a Zoot tri top and a pair of thin-padded tri shorts that I bought a while back for short rides anyway. Water temp is in the 70s, => wetsuits optional (I'm opting not).

    So my plan is;
    T1; pull on shoes (no socks) helmet, shades and gloves.
    T2; shoes, helmet, gloves off; socks, runners on.


    Question; what's the deal with number belts? Do I have to wear it during the swim, or is that a T1 addition?
    No belt on during swim. Good idea to put it on in T1 with number towards rear and flip in T2.

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    Yes I been there...now I just bring my bib with compression shirt over I wear for swim, bike run. Sneakers, and cycling stuff. I keep helmet, shoes on the bike.....that's it.....a towel and some GU. Keep it simple

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