What to wear...

I am thinking about doing my first triathlon in a month. I don't want to spend lots of money on new kit in case I never do it again! I already have all my running kit and a bike! What do you swim in? Do you get changed between events?

Thanks!

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  • It depends on how long the event is.
    Assuming that your first event isn't an Ironman, the transitionis likely to be open air and in public, with barely 2 foot of space allocated to you, your bike, and your kit.

    If it's an indoor pool or heated outdoor pool, a wetsuit is frowned upon or banned. So you'll be piling out of the pool, running along a wet carpet to the bike, pulling on a top and number, hat, glasses and shoes.
    Off the bike, swap the number to the front, go run.
    Transition times count as part of the race, just like tyre changes at Formula One, and the best people practice them.

    For your first one there's no need to buy kit because it's going to be a PB by default. So long as you have got a bike helmet with a CE mark (let's estimate that's one younger than 10 years old) and a roadworthy bike.
    Don't get put off by the bling on display in the bike racks. The people with 6 grand bikes are almost certainly not 6 grand bikers. If they were they'd be sponsored.

    I'm a noobie too, so I have an interest in the bottom end.

  • Lizzie

    This guide on the PSOF website might be useful...

    If you stick around, you'll need a new name... Sharpie? ThinLizzie?

    In Short

    Swim In a swimming costume if pool based, if open water you'll need a swimming westuit, these can be hired (cycle surgery, triuk.com amongst others)

    ....and yes wear a sports bra under your costume (common question image)

    Leave cycling shoes, cycle/tri shorts and top in transition and slip these on after swim (talc in shoes/socks to make easier to get on) - trisuits/two piece are preferable as you can use for everything but that means spending money... cheap good quality option on these is More Mile

    Finish bike, take off cycle shoes and put on trainers... speed laces/elastic laces/lock laces are a cheap but good investment for quick and easy changes

    Hope that makes some semblance of sense!

    and welcome!

  • Gastank (PA to BaconLube CEO) wrote (see)

    ....and yes wear a sports bra under your costume (common question image)

    Gas always wears one under his costume.

    Welcome to tri, Lizzie

  • ... trade secrets T! behave....

  • Gastank (PA to BaconLube CEO) wrote (see)

     behave....

    Not in my nature!

  • Lizzie, I got a tri suit on the start fitness site.  £23, Scott Plasma, very comfy to swim, bike and run in.  WIll let you know how it does in my first tri at the end of the month.

  • Just don't order 5 of them until you get the right size like someone else ^^^^ the season could finish before u have a Tri suit which fits image
  • Guys, a related question: For men, can you wear just tri shorts for the swim (pool based sprint) and put on a shirt/top in transition for the cycle/run? Not sure if you need to have the top half of your body covered all the time or if you can swim and transition without a top???? First Tri this weekend!!
  • Rick22 wrote (see)
    Guys, a related question: For men, can you wear just tri shorts for the swim (pool based sprint) and put on a shirt/top in transition for the cycle/run? Not sure if you need to have the top half of your body covered all the time or if you can swim and transition without a top???? First Tri this weekend!!

    Yes you can. General rule is, no nudity in transition and no bare chests once you've left transition.

  • Thanks for asking that question Rick.

    My OH is doing his first tri (pool based) in a few weeks, and he asked me the same question and I was a bit shocked to realise that despite completing several Tri's and probably chatting to blokes waiting pool side, I honestly can't remember whether any of them had tops on image, clearly I was too destracted by the impending pain image

  • For a budget trisuit, keep an eye out for Aldi - got mine for £15 there a couple of years back. Been great. Saves loads of time in transition as not trying to get a shirt over a wet body.

  • Thanks a lot guys! I'll keep my eyes open for a Tri suit, the Tri shorts have worked well in training. Really looking forward to this Sunday!!!
  • Good Luck for sunday !!

  • Thanks, just looking to get round in a reasonable time and enjoy it enough to want to keep doing it!!

  • Rick22 wrote (see)
    Guys, a related question: For men, can you wear just tri shorts for the swim (pool based sprint) and put on a shirt/top in transition for the cycle/run? Not sure if you need to have the top half of your body covered all the time or if you can swim and transition without a top???? First Tri this weekend!!

    Bear in mind though, that if you are putting on a tight top (like a tri top) the fact that you are soaking wet makes it blinking hard, even more so if you are trying to hurry! Same with socks. If it's a baggy t-shirt then I guess it shouldnt be so bad.

    Best practice when you get out of the bath toinight!image

  • If you have a tight tri top swim in it. Don't bother messing about in T1



    And if it's a sprint forget the socks as well
  • Thanks for the advice folks, will go without socks I think, if I've got time I will grab a Tri top before Sunday!
  • If you are going without socks, especially without tri specific shoes and no practice, there's a good chance you'll blister.. i always use a light pair of ankle socks that literally take less than 5 seconds to put on. A lot of people don't wear socks though. Personal preference really. Good luck!

  • ditto on the socks. Tried it once, and ouch!! massive blisters, never again!!

    For me it's worth a few seconds to put on some socks, I have through trial and error found some that are dead quick to get on wet feet image

  • I bought triathlon cycling shoes off eBay just a few weeks ago and haven't used them with socks - done 33 miles so far, so bother image. Not sure about longer distances, though.

    Wouldn't run without socks image

  • Thanks again guys, will report back and let you know how it all goes. Hoping to pick up the distance next with a view (maybe foolishly) to an IM later next year. All advice very much appreciated!!!
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