WTH Do I Wear?

…And I’m not talking about your Valentine’s date wardrobe.

I want to share a little secret about triathlon get up. Ya’ll ready for this? You wear one outfit the entire race. That’s right, you can rock the exact same outfit for the swim, the bike and the run. Am I the only newbie that had NO idea this was the case? (If the answer is yes, let’s pretend I never asked.)

Before my first triathlon, I would have guessed that I wear a swimsuit, cycling shorts and a top, then running shorts and a dri-fit tank. But guess what…

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Transition times matter and count towards your overall race time. Costume changes don’t make for speedy transitions. Have I blown your mind yet?

There are 2 options for race day fashion. Either one can be worn under your wetsuit, should one be necessary for the swim.

  1. Trisuits, 1 Piece:  These are one piece suits that typically zip up in the front. As a positive, one doesn’t have to worry about their top riding up. Everything stays in place the whole race. The negative? Having to strip down to go to the bathroom. I believe that most, if not all, experienced triathletes let it flow on the move, and bathroom breaks become a non-issue. But I’m just not there yet. I don’t want to pee on my fancy new cycling shoes, okay?!
  1. Tri Kits, 2 Pieces:  Tri kits are comprised of tri shorts and a tri singlet. Unless you’re part of a triathlon team that requires you to wear matching shorts and singlet, you can mix and match as you choose. Added bonuses:  These make bathroom breaks a heck of a lot easier and can be a less expensive option. If you have a tank that you want to wear for the race, pair it with some tri shorts and BAM! you have your race day outfit. I’m partial to the 2 piece.

There are some great brands (recommended to me by experienced triathletes) that offer both trisuits and 2 piece options. It’s really a matter of trial and error to determine what works best for you. Check ’em out!

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Sported the 2 piece at the Chicago Triathlon with 0 wardrobe malfunctions. That’s a win!

On an unrelated note, I hope everyone had a fun Valentine’s Day! Although I think it’s a cheesy holiday, my heart almost melted into a puddle on the floor at lunch. A big, bearded, tatted man and his daughter were enjoying a daddy-daughter date. He was allowing her to color his finer nails with crayons. When the server commented on the dad’s new look, he said “It’s Valentine’s Day”. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. 

Hope everyone has a great Sunday! Stay Warm! XO

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