7 days left! What to wear…what to wear?
When they say try nothing new on race day they MEAN it. Any new piece of clothing could cause chaffing or blisters, usually in hideous places. So, the weekend before, I am tri-ing out my tri gear. Here’s a little F-A-Q on the T-R-I.
What does one wear during a triathlon?
Well, anything that will get you through a swim, a bike, and a run with as few clothing changes as possible. I learned that there are things called “tri-kits” that are usually best. A tri-kit sounds like something you’d need in the armed forces, but really it’s a one or two-piece outfit light enough to swim in, padded in the bum enough to bike in (but not as thick as regular bike shorts) and flexible enough to run in. It’s also form-fitting enough to be self-conscious in. Often they will have logos on them if you are a part of a club or team, like Ridgefield Bike Company has a tri-kit available with their colors and logo available to club members. Or, you could just piece-meal it together from the discount section of Sierra Trading Post like I did:
What if the water is really cold?
I am a cold water sissy. Really, it’s a huge problem. We’ve had an especially cold spring season, and there’s no way that the lake water is warming up in one week. I had to get myself a wetsuit (I actually rented one) or else this race wasn’t gonna happen. You start with it on over your tri kit, then take it off after the swim in the first transition. I’m renting one for this race, and it came earlier in the week. I’d never worn one before, and I have to say getting it on was daunting. You have to be careful not to rip the neoprene and since this is a rental, I really, really don’t want to do that. I couldn’t get it on, and I was really afraid it wasn’t the right size. So, then I went to the You Toobz and watched a hundred videos about how to get on a wetsuit The trick is to use baby powder. Dump a load of it down the legs and arms before you put it on.
So, a procured some good ole BP, and it was as if I was dealing with a different suit. I wouldn’t say it slid right on, but it was way easier. Still technically I was “wrestling” with it. You still have to do the shimmy over the hips (considering I have boy hips, that wasn’t too bad). It’s getting it over my swimmer shoulders – now that was hard. Luckily, I have a hubby that can help!
He got me all zipped, and the first words out of my mouth were, “Ugh, loosen the neck!” He replied, “I can’t!” Well, the wetsuit rental company did warn me:
Basically that’s their way of saying, “Suck it up, buttercup.” Gotcha. After Dan helped me get it on, I did a few arm windmills.
Actually it wasn’t too bad – I did have full range of motion. Because I’m so short-waisted, there’s actually some room in the torso, but because I’m broad-shouldered, when I put my arms at my sides, it feels like someone had stuck their hands under my armpits. I’ll just have to deal. So, here it is, the hottest look of the season:
I get to try it out in the open-water tonight. YIKES. Parading around the house in it and actually swimming 1/2 mile in murky, cold water in it is a completely different beast. Perhaps I should make, “Suck it up, buttercup” my new race mantra, yes?
In the meantime, I have to go clean up a mound of baby powder off the floor.
Do you have any other wetsuit tips? Do you have a fear of cold water? Any tips are greatly appreciated!