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Tri-Umphant! 10 Weeks to Your First Sprint Tri

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Mastering the Transition and Gear You Need

It's home base for your race, the spot where you'll stash your gear and switch activities. "You don't need to bring everything in your closet; simplify as much as possible," tri coach Alison Kreideweis says. Here's how to organize your stuff at the start.

1. K-Swiss Blade-light Run II shoes ($95,
2. FuelBelt Super-Stretch Race waist pack ($20,
3. Brooks visor ($18,
4. Shimano SH-WT60 triathlon shoe ($250, for info)
5. Pearl Izumi socks ($12,
6. Oakley Radarlock Edge sunglasses ($220,
7. Giant Orion helmet ($55, for info)

Anatomy of a Wet Suit

Everything you need to know about looking like a human seal.

Why wear it?
A wet suit not only keeps you from shivering (it's ideal if the water temp falls below 75), but it can also make your swim feel easier. "Wet suits are designed to keep you more buoyant and streamlined, so you move faster," Cozik explains.

Full or sleeveless?
A full-sleeve model will generally keep you warmer and make you even more hydrodynamic. Sleeveless versions are better for hotter temperatures.

What should it feel like?
Wet suits are typically formfitting, but don't get one so tight that you feel as if it's choking you. Some specialty shops will let you try before you buy.

How do I get out of it?
The suit can require some dexterity to put on, but it's even trickier to take off, especially when you're in a hurry to hop on your bike. "As soon as you get out of the water, tug on the zipper and pull your arms out," Cozik advises. "That way you're halfway out before you reach transition." Tug on the lower half when you get to your bike and slip off each leg, turning the suit inside out. Hint: Put a little lubricant like Bodyglide on your ankles and wrists to speed your exit.

What's the cost?
A basic wet suit runs $150 to $500, depending on the size, style, and design.

Next:  Surviving the Swim


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angie1295 wrote:

I read Tri-Umphant on April 19, registered for a sprint tri the next day and started training on 5/6. I feel amazing! I've lost 8 lbs, shed a ton of fat from my back/arms and am probably in the best shape I have ever been in during my almost 48 yrs - better than when I was 20! I've even been inspired to register for my first half-marathon. Thanks for an awesome article, a great training program and for inspiring me to reach for even greater heights of achievement!

6/21/2013 12:34:43 PM Report Abuse
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sarah.c.mcdani1 wrote:

I love the 10 week training plan and it showed up in my mailbox literally the day after I decided to do my first tri! But I have a few questions about the workouts. SWIM: what is a easy, kick, and fast definitions and what is considered recovered (i.e. back to resting hr?). BIKE: what is the recommended distance of the hill in the "hill repeats"? RUN: in "speed repeats" how should I gauge "fast"? Thanks so much for the additional insight :)

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