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<b>First: I warned you it was a stupid question. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"></b><br><br>
Okay, so I'm thinking about doing a sprint triathlon. I have not done one of these before. I have done a couple duathlons, and plenty of bricks in training even lately.<br><br>
There's an event coming up that I will not come in last in even without knowing how to swim worth anything, and taking it nice and easy in the bike and run.<br><br>
The thing is, I don't get exactly how to transition in T1. <img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif"> I'll be doing this in a swimsuit, because getting a trisuit or whatever that wouldn't fit me in after the baby is born be silly. But I saw some people in swimsuits when I relayed with Tithers, so I know some people do this.<br><br>
So, do I wear my sportsbra under my swimsuit? Do I put it on over the swimsuit at the end? I certainly have to wear my Enell. Cuz, well, yeah. How do you ladies do this? Do I pull on bike shorts over the swimsuit?<br>
I know I need to practice transition but I don't know what I should be practicing.... Bike to run or vice versa is decidedly more simple.<br><br>
(I did try to search for "T1" in the forum to avoid posting this but the search term was too short <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> --and googling gave tips on how to shave time, not on how to not be a complete moron <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">)<br><br>
I don't need to be fast-- I'm planning on taking it very slow and easy, in fact; can't really push at all or my doc won't approve it <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">-- I just want to start getting a little practice for how they feel so I can start really training after Angeline is born. So any basic tips would help <img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif">
 

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Bless you for asking!<br><br>
I've been wondering the same thing.<br><br>
Here's what I've managed to "glean" so far, based on questions I've asked to date:<br><br>
1) What you wear in the water will stay with you the entire race...EXCEPT a wetsuit IF you wear one.<br>
2) Sports bra UNDER if you need it.<br>
3) You can add jersey/shirt at T1 to help cover you on the bike/run if you want.<br>
4) Tithers told me she biked and ran in salty bike shorts for all of IMFL, so you'd want them on in the water, as putting them on over wet legs will likely be a "cuss-fest."<br><br>
Others should weigh in, though....cause I don't have a clue.<br>
BUT, I'll be learning them this week, and I can report back what I discover. If I haven't frozen into a popsicle first.
 

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Yeah, really.<br><br>
Swim - Sure, no problem.<br>
Bike - Yeah, allright. I guess. Just don't crash.<br>
Run - Okay, but only if Doc says so.<br>
Swim, then Bike, then Run - Uh.......<br><br>
But, to answer your basic question, you generally wear the same outfit for the entire race. If you have a wetsuit, put it on overtop everything else. Then in T1, strip it off and away you go. Don't forget to take off your goggles and put on your bike helmet!
 

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H, what kind of swim is this?<br><br>
I get beat up in the water...a smack and a kick...and a few f bombs.
 

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I did a lot of bicycling while pregnant. I did a 2-day 210 mile tour while pregnant with all of 'em--anywhere from 20-32weeks. For shorts, you can either add a panel to your shorts or you can just wear your shorts below your belly.<br><br>
I would suggest wearing tri shorts and top for the entire thing.
 

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Depending on comfort level keep your suit on and throw on some bike shorts-a girl did that at my indoor tri last weekend. And I always wear a sports bra under my tri top...<br><br>
HAVE FUN!
 

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I can't imagine trying to put shorts on over a wet body. Heck--I have trouble in the locker room going from swim to bike or run. Even if I've dried off, that lycra sticks! And I'm taking my time!
 

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I would probably try to grab a pair of tri shorts for cheap (I just got a pair of danskin tri shorts at REI for $34), or if it's just a sprint, depending on how you feel on a bike I might try just swimming in non-padded bike shorts/spandex. A swimsuit is fine unless you are like me - I have super chafing problems.<br><br>
What I wore for my first tri is a pair of tri shorts, a sports bra, and a men's underarmor wicking tank top.. not the most speedy, but I wasn't letting anyone see my naked torso, and I certainly wasn't putting anything skin tight on.<br><br>
If you are looking for cheap options, try the target C9 stuff. they have some great long tank tops that might work.<br><br>
regards to transitions in general, practice first - lay everything out at home in as little space as possible.<br><br>
there's some articles on beginnertriathlete - I can't link as it's blocked at work, but I know they are there.
 

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Heather,<br>
I wear tri shorts, they are like bike shorts but with a lighter padding, usually made from some sort of fleece for quick drying. I swim in those and my sports bra. I used to put a tankini top on over that, but it was for my own modesty, and who cares at an event like this? NO ONE! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> So I race in my tri shorts and sports bra for the swim, then I throw a bike jersey on in T1. Shoes, socks, helmet, sunglasses, chapstick, and I'm off!<br><br>
I know you know all of this, but check with your doc to make sure he/she thinks this kind of longer event is ok. I know you are in excellent shape, and you are still working out a lot, so I'm sure it's fine. I won't give you the worry speech, since I know you are educated about your body thru your PT cert and other things. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I bike in my speedo with my tri shorts pulled on top. A sports bra is not a concern for me. The tight speedo is sufficient <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Just a warning: I got kicked several times in the swim, once in the gut. But, if you stay on the outside in the swim and just go easy and not try to pass anyone, you should be fine. People run marathons preggers all the time....a sprint tri should be fine if your doc says so and you have been exercising as much as you say. When I scheduled Timberman, my conditions were that I would do it as long as I was not further than 5 months pregnant..
 

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I wear tri gear, and I mostly do sprints. Modest, dries fast, bike pad included. I wear a sports bra, but only for my own comfort, I am no where near needing an enell or anything - just hate bounce. Prefer shorts and a sleevless top, have used one peice tri suits too, but peeing gets more problematic, especially when wet/sweaty. I would have a major wedgie trying to bike in my speedo.<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"> The only clothing changes I make in transition are socks/shoes, maybe throw on a shirt for run when I put on my race belt with race number(the bounce thing again).<br><br>
BTW get a race belt for your number. Way easier than the safety pin to the shirt. Some races even give them out now. I got one last year in a goodie bag.
 

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I also love my race belt for tris. I can put the number on my back during the bike and switch it to the front for the run. Easy peasy.
 

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If you want to do the bathing suit thing for the swim, and it's not gonna be a wetsuit swim, you could just throw on running shorts in T1. No padding, but for a sprint that wouldn't be a problem. And since they're loose, they'd be a lot easier to get on than lycra bike shorts. Sports bra goes under swimsuit.
 

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I'm thinking the same thing. How long is the bike? You might not need anything. Lots of elites just race in their swimsuit the whole race (at least they do here -- it's HOT!) You might be able to find some tri shorts on clearance, though (esp. if you need a bigger size). Check out sportsbasement and swimoutlet for good deals. Wear the sports bra under your swimsuit the whole race. Go as simple as possible. If you don't need it, then go without!
 

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Of course, Doc has already approved it. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I wouldn't do anything that I've not checked out with the doctor.<br>
I've been doing bike to run workouts that last longer than this sprint will. His only comments were (as with all workouts I'm doing lasting longer than 40 minutes) take in food and don't let myself get overheated or tired. Not a problem.
 

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My main concern is the run. I know I could get the bike shorts on if I was dripping wet regardless but... I need my sports bra to run. Need it. Up to DDD for a little bit and they don't like going unsupported
 

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Definitely wear the sports bra the whole time under the swimsuit. If you wanna try to get bike shorts on while wet, go for it. I've seen people do it, but it might make T1 a little long. If you don't care, then don't worry about it. You might not need the shorts, though. I wear my sports bra under my tri top because it does not have enough support on its own for the run. Most women do that. Hopefully your sports bra does not have cotton in it, though. Cotton will never dry, and then you'll have chafing. So, think about that. Even though cotton is more supportive (my cotton ones are my favorite for running), it might be miserable when wet. Whatever you decide to wear, try it out before the race. Do you know anyone you could borrow some tri gear from? Just a thought.<br><br>
By the way, I was a G while nursing, so I know what you mean about the support!
 

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welll, now that we are strongly considering the Great Floridian (IM distance), who knows...... IM I don't think I would do pregnant at all. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Poor SnooziQ
 
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