Tri-Umphant! 10 Weeks to Your First Sprint Tri
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, kswiss.com)
2. FuelBelt Super-Stretch Race waist pack ($20, fuelbelt.com)
3. Brooks visor ($18, brooksrunning.com)
4. Shimano SH-WT60 triathlon shoe ($250, bike.shimano.com for info)
5. Pearl Izumi socks ($12, pearlizumi.com)
6. Oakley Radarlock Edge sunglasses ($220, oakley.com)
7. Giant Orion helmet ($55, giant-bicycles.com for info)
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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.
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