Your first race is all about comfort and experimenting with what works for you. Typically, a first-time triathlete will wear a swimsuit for the swim with a sports bra or supportive swimsuit top underneath, and then pull cycling shorts on during T1 (first transition).
Should you wear a tri suit or a wetsuit?
- Since these waters are often cold, a wetsuit can keep you warm and safe while you’re swimming. However, if you’ll be swimming in warm (or at least warmer) water, a tri suit should be all you need. Beginner swimmers may want to stick with a full wetsuit, especially for their first triathlon.
- 1 What kind of swimsuit should I wear for triathlon?
- 2 Can I do a triathlon in a swimsuit?
- 3 Should I wear a wetsuit for my first triathlon?
- 4 What do I need for my first triathlon?
- 5 Do triathletes Pee on the bike?
- 6 Are tri suits worth it?
- 7 Do you wear a bra with a tri suit?
- 8 Do you wear your tri suit under your wetsuit?
- 9 How should a tri suit fit?
- 10 How do I pick a wetsuit for a triathlon?
- 11 What temperature can you swim in a wetsuit?
- 12 Do triathlon wetsuits keep you warm?
- 13 Do you wear socks in triathlon?
- 14 Is a triathlon harder than a marathon?
- 15 What is a good beginner sprint triathlon time?
What kind of swimsuit should I wear for triathlon?
If you don’t want to go through swimsuits like tissues, look into a suit made mostly or entirely of polyester. (Don’t gag. The fabric has come a long way since the days of the leisure suit.) Nylon will break down in chlorine and quickly become too stretched out (or see-through) to wear.
Can I do a triathlon in a swimsuit?
Yes, you will be fine as long as you can stand the temp of the water. I would not even bother with the tshirt/shorts. If you don’t need the padded bike shorts and the swimsuit does not bother you just wear that. Pros will wear speedos for the entire IM bike so if you are doing a sprint you should be fine.
Should I wear a wetsuit for my first triathlon?
In a triathlon you want to wear what is called a triathlon suit or a triathlon kit (a top/bottom combo) designed to be worn in the swim, the bike, and finally the run. In other words, you do not take it off! With the exception of the wetsuit (if needed), you need not put on any other piece of clothing.
What do I need for my first triathlon?
The Must-Have Triathlon List:
- Wear your triathlon clothing and shoes. For many, we simply recommend wearing your tri shorts and your tri top or shirt to the race.
- Bike. This might seem obvious, but people have forgotten bikes before.
- Bike Carrier.
- Bike Shoes.
- Swim Goggles.
- Wetsuit, if needed.
- Bike helmet.
Do triathletes Pee on the bike?
On to the matter at hand – yes, some triathletes do, in fact, pee on their bikes. If it’s not obvious, triathletes pee while riding their bike so they don’t have to stop – saving precious time for competitive races.
Are tri suits worth it?
Triathlon suits: Not necessary, but nice-to-have. A good triathlon suit is designed specifically for triathlon, and offers benefits that may help you race faster and be as comfortable as possible. On the downside, triathlon suits can be expensive, and you can easily do triathlons without them.
Do you wear a bra with a tri suit?
You should not wear underwear (except a sports bra) under your trisuit in a race. Our female-specific triathlon chamois is made to be comfortable against your skin and to protect you from chafing and discomfort on the bike, and is thin and light enough to be comfortable on the run.
Do you wear your tri suit under your wetsuit?
Tri shorts are a key piece of equipment to have on for the whole race. As for the top, men and women might both consider wearing a singlet — a tri-specific top — which can also be worn under the wetsuit. Those who go all-out and choose to wear an actual triathlon suit can easily wear that under the wetsuit.
How should a tri suit fit?
Fit is critical. A good tri wetsuit should be snug but not tight, covering your body securely but not being restrictive in your breathing or range-of-motion. It is a fine line, as a wetsuit that is just a little too loose and actually cause you to drag in the water and reduce the warming qualities of the suit.
How do I pick a wetsuit for a triathlon?
A triathlon suit should fit like a second-skin; it shouldn’t be too loose or too tight and you should have a full range of motion in your shoulders. The three wetsuit qualities to pay attention to are buoyancy/flexibility, warmth, and hydrodynamics.
What temperature can you swim in a wetsuit?
The range of 50 to 78 degrees is therefore the ideal range for using a wetsuit. Any warmer, and the swimmer may actually overheat due to the wetsuit’s insulative qualities. Truth be told, we think it is pretty easy to get too warm inside a wetsuit even in the 74-77 degree range.
Do triathlon wetsuits keep you warm?
Wetsuits used in diving and water sports are designed to keep you warm. Triathlon wetsuits are not only designed to keep you warm but they also can keep you cool enough to prevent overheating. Made from neoprene, the thickness of the fabric varies with triathlon wetsuit brands.
Do you wear socks in triathlon?
Most pro triathletes don’t wear socks for sprint and Olympic distance events and are wearing some for longer events. However, over a full Ironman distance, it is rather insignificant. The comfort of socks over such a big distance is, for most people, well worth those couple of seconds.
Is a triathlon harder than a marathon?
A marathon is a set distance but a triathlon varies. So let’s assume you mean a full Ironman triathlon- then the answer is easy: the triathlon is harder, due to the need to train 3 sports, with the run distance being the same as the stand alone marathon, but coming after a swim, and bike in the triathlon.
What is a good beginner sprint triathlon time?
For the beginner triathlete, it will take about 1 hour 50 minutes to complete their first sprint distance triathlon. If we break down the average sprint triathlon time, this should take the novice triathlete around 2 minutes per 100 m in the swim. 1 hour for the bike leg, and up to 30 minutes to complete the run.