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If I get my equipment together in time to register for next week's reverse tri (3 mile run-->10 mile bike-->300 yd swim) I kinda have no idea of the details. Can I ask for help with some questions and for any tips you might have:<br><br>
1. If I end up using my DH's mountain bike (it's an old Trek) will people point and laugh? Will it be too much of a handicap vs. a road bike (which I might get my hands on).<br><br>
2. Do I run in my usual jog bra, shirt and shorts with a bikini bottom, change the running shorts for biking shorts in T1, then pull off shirt and biking shorts in T2? So swimming in jog bra and bikini bottom? I've never even seen a tri. Do I wear a bikini bottom under my jog bra for run and bike so I can just pull off the bra for the swim? Running w/o the heavy duty boulder holder is not an option. I'm pretty perky for a woman of my age and cup size and plan to keep it that way by avoiding Baywatch-style bouncing.<br><br>
3. Do I wear goggles for the swim? Do people wear bathing caps? Anything else I need for the swim besides my suit?<br><br>
4. I think we'll be jumping into a lake for the swim, swimming 300 yds to a bank of some kind, then getting out for the finish line. Any tips for quickly getting in and out?<br><br>
Anything I'm not thinking of? Do I need to eat something on the bike leg? It's a pretty short race. Should I have something to drink for the bike leg, or just open my mouth during the swim? (ick)<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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1. No. You'll see more than you expect.<br>
2. I usually swim in my bike shorts, pull on an UnderArmor shirt or tri-top for the ride and wear those for the run, too. Usually, I'll pull on a pair of running shorts over my biking shorts. I think they make tri tops for women that double as swim suit/ sports bra, the whole bit, but I'm not sure.<br>
3. Yes. Yes and you should, too. Check the water temp. You may need to rent a wet suit.<br>
4. "Make haste without rush." Just move deliberately, that's what I tell myself. Don't worry about being fast in the transition area, be deliberate. No wasted motion.<br><br>
Gels and water during the bike and water during the transition. Don't drink the water during the swim. If there are people ahead of you, they're probably peeing.
 

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Maybe if you get a chance try and practice a transition change from run to bike<br><br>
Not sure if you use clipless pedals or not, if you do to save time, you could leave them clipped in your pedals.<br><br>
Maybe during the week, you could do a short run, and then follow it up with a quick transition to the bike
 

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You'll be fine on a mountain bike! There will be lots of them. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
You need a pair of tri shorts. They are good for all three sports. You can run in them, they have a slight pad for biking, and will be good in the water.<br><br><a href="http://www.teamestrogen.com/search.asp" target="_blank">http://www.teamestrogen.com/search.asp</a><br>
search for tri shorts...
 

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Thanks guys. A few more questions:<br>
I've read a lot about practicing transitions. Because this is a reverse tri, it sounds like T1 will consist of me running into the transition area, putting on my helmet (thanks for the heads up), hopping on the bike (pedals can be used w/ reg shoes and I'm not looking to spend $$$ for this race) and heading out of T1. Is that right?<br>
Then for T2 I'll be putting up the bike, taking off the helmet, pull of the tri shorts (will local running or bike shop sell tri shorts?), put on cap and goggles and head to the lake and swim in bathing suit bottom with jog bra top. Swim the swim, get out and cross the tape.<br><br>
Does this sound right?<br>
Should I wear my surfing rash guard over jog bra (fitted to the body) for the run/bike/swim?<br>
Besides a race belt (sounds like it will make the race bib easier to handle) and tri shorts, are there any other 'must have' tri-specific gadgets I should pick up?
 

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You wear the tri shorts instead of a bathing suit bottom. You swim in them, too. That way when you jet into T2 after zooming on your bike, all you have to do is take off your shoes (& socks if you wear them), your shirt and run to the pool. Don't forget to grab your goggles and swim cap. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
You can wear whatever you want over your bra for the bike & run, I'd just make sure it's wicking. Wear a running or biking shirt if you have them. I'm not sure what the surfing rash guard thing is...<br><br>
Your local running or biking story may have tri shorts, I'd definitely call or stop by asap. You could probably order them now and get them by the weekend if you had to, but I'd rather pick them up in person.
 

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OK, gotcha Courtney. You all have been so helpful! Even if I can't do this tri, now I can't wait to try one.<br><br>
Here's an example of a <a href="http://islandsurf.com/Girls_Classic_Roxy_Rashguard-p7925c493.html" target="_blank">rash guard</a>. You wear it while surfing so that if you take a tumble and get raked over rocks or coral under water, your skin is protected. It's a wicking, waterproof material, and fits like a cycle shirt. But probably I'd wear something like one of my fitted Underarmour shirts for run/bike; we'll see.<br><br>
Actually, a rash guard over your bra top might be a good idea for you for your swim portion when not wearing the wetsuit! They make many for women that are super cute, they don't restrict movement, they cover a bit and give a little warmth.
 

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is there a reason for the tri being in reverse???<br><br>
I always thought it sounded great that way, I'd rather have wall-to-wall people on the run versus the swim, but most triathletes will say that it's nuts and coming off the bike to a swim...cramps could be nightmare.
 

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Sue, not sure but I have a few guesses:<br>
We don't have a lot of daytime events in SoFla b/w now and October b/c of the heat. The race starts at 7 am and by 8 temps and humidity will be high. So putting us in the water at the end should help to cool us off.<br><br>
This is a VERY popular park, so they may be getting us off the paths/roads before most people get there.<br><br>
It's the first race of its kind at a park that does plenty of standard sprint tri's, so they may just be trying out something new.
 

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I'd love to do a backwards tri! If I had to pick an order to do them in, that would be it. We have one here called Do it My Way tri, or something like that. You totally get to pick.
 

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Courtney, I LOVED reading your RR!<br><br>
I registered for the Tri this evening before I could change my mind. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> So this week I will need to:<br>
1. Adjust my husband's mountain bike so I can sit comfortably on it. And figure out how to plug the ends of the handlebars (currenty open - against USAT rules from what I read)<br>
2. Practice a 3 mile run followed by 10 mile bike ride.<br>
3. Buy tri shorts, swim cap and goggles. (If I don't get tri shorts, I have a gel seat cover that I borrowed from my friend, along with a helmet.)<br>
4. Try a run in my rash guard to see if I want to wear it all the way through the event.<br><br>
And I'm thinking I won't get a swim in, following the 'ignorance is bliss' mindset. I used to have a decent crawl stroke and good back stroke. Or is this a mistake and I should try to get 1 OW swim in? (The swim will be in a shallow, small lake that is flat, calm and very clear.)
 

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Well I freaked out in my first OW swim, so I always reccomend to people that they try it. But if it doesn't work out, you'll be fine. I had to do the backstroke thru most of my first one, but I finished it <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
YAY! I'm so glad you signed up. I can't wait to read <b>your</b> RR!
 
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