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apparel for biathlon

I am competing in a biathlon next weekend. It is a 5 mile run and 22 mile bike on rolling hills. Does anyone have any opinions on what I should wear? I dont have any cycling gear, but I can buy some.
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That is extremely unfortunate.

I hope she washed off the tip of that marker.
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Originally Posted by drew3623 View Post
I am competing in a biathlon next weekend. It is a 5 mile run and 22 mile bike on rolling hills. Does anyone have any opinions on what I should wear?
A biathalon? Yes:

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Comedians huh? lol. I guess i shouldnt have asked these questions. I didnt know if any one else has ever competed in one and if you wore biking shorts or regular addidas style shorts?
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Comedians huh? lol. I guess i shouldnt have asked these questions. I didnt know if any one else has ever competed in one and if you wore biking shorts or regular addidas style shorts?
Don't wear regular cycling shorts because the chamois is too thick to run comfortably. Many shops sell lycra shorts that have a thinner chamois that you can use for biathlons and triathlons. If you wear regular shorts (like soccer-type shorts or similar), you sacrifice some comfort and aerodynamic benefits that lycra has to offer. Good luck.
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You should either wear bike kit or a triathlon specific outfit. The reason is that you can run in biking gear, but you can't really bike in running gear. Tri specific gear is nice, because it's a little better for running, but the main point of tri-specific gear is that it is designed to be wet from the swim.
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A good substitute for expensive tri shorts are cheap bike shorts (as long as you don't swim), because both have lightweight chamois.
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Tri-shorts (or cheap cycling shorts as cparekh pointed out) are your best bet, but with only 22 miles in a saddle, compression/spandex shorts would be better than your normal running shorts, and running shorts better than nothing. A wicking shirt or jersey of some kind for the rest of you.

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A duathlon would be the correct term. A biathlon is something like rifles with cross country running or in winter something like skiing and rifles. Hence the snarky responses.
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I would think that compression shorts would work well....for only 22 miles a chamois isn't that important....a sleeveless jersey would be a good idea in the run so your arms wouldn't be rubbing....as stated a pair of tri shorts would also work as they have a thinner chamois that won't chafe your legs during the run but would provide some benefit during the ride...good luck!!...and don't mind the kids here, most will be in bed soon.
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