I'm reatlively new to tri's and have done a 2 and am training for the nautica in South beach, Miami in a few weeks. I'm considering buying and wearing a trisuit but as I am a begineer and firmly in the clysdale division (200#+) I am a little self conscious about what to wear. For the Tri's I've done I went with a T shirt and bicycle shorts which worked well, but by the end of the bike ride the T-shirt was soaked, and of course the padding in the seat was retaining water for the first half of the ride.
I recently saw a trisuit for about the same price as a pair of tri-shorts I liked and am wondering which way to go. The tri suit fit great, and I loved not having the elastic around the waist but am wondering how silly it will look to be in one and not at the front of the pack, or close to it! Not to mention with a little bit of a belly! Is it unusual to have a beginner/intermediate in a trisuit or am I worrying too much over nothing?
Any help is appreciated.
Sounds like a fun event! :-)
Your points about the t-shirt and bike shorts are valid.
Trisuits come as 1 or 2 pieces, so you have options. I have a long torso, so I got a 2-piece and this gives me flexibility to mix and match pieces a little.
Don't you worry at all about wearing a trisuit no matter where you fall in the pack. And, while there is a lot of skin showing on race day, remember everyone is really focused on themselves.
You'll likely see a ton of outfit options and some crazy combinations. But, wear what works best for you & tell yourself you are ready to rock it.
Have a great time & let us know how it goes.
Sara Cox Landolt
I've worn both "configurations" and the only thing I will say about a full trisuit is that if you need to make a portapotty pit stop, they are A PAIN to get off! But if that isn't a concern, go for the full trisuit. They are super comfortable and do the job. And seriously, your experience level shouldn't dictate what kind of gear you use. Use whatever you're most comfortable in and that will just make the race that much more enjoyable! You'll see all different shapes and sizes on the course so it's nothing to worry about
"If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race." Dave Scott
I am a huge fan of the one piece tri-suit and that is all I will race in. I primarily do long course races and enjoy the freedom they provide.I have raced in two pieces and the one draw back to the shorts is that after awhile they tend to roll down and bunch up, can be a little uncomfortable.
As for the bathroom...not really an issue. You just need to find what YOU feel comfortable in and not worry about what others think. If they are looking at you and what you are wearing, then they aren't really racing.
Train safe, race hard..
I can tell you exactly how you'll look racing in a trisuit: AWESOME!!!
Serioulsy, you're competing in a triathlon, you're a rock star, and rock stars get to wear whatever they want. No one is going to care.
So that being said, wear whatever is comfortable. Obviously ditch the bike shorts and t-shirt, because they don't seem to be working for you (as well they shouldn't be: cotton & endurance competition don't mix well, and bike shorts + water = diaper).
A lot of people like the tri suit because you don't have to worry about putting on a shirt after the swim, and most cyclists prefer suits or bibs which keep the bike padding in place. In theory you should be faster in the water too, if you're swimming without a wetsuit.
On the other hand, I find shorts to be a bit more functional while training (I'll wear then in the gym with a tech top a lot, regardless of which discipline I'm working that day), and of course, they solve the bathroom issue.
But if you're comfortable in that tri suit, then you rock that tri suit!
Thank you to everyone for your replies. After reading what you had to say I went ahead and bought one to wear for the race this coming weekend. I am still a little nervous about wearing it but they won't be as much as the pre race jitters! I'm very excited though as I trained yesterday in it and it felt wonderful to swim, and then run in them. Totally a fan of the trisuit so far, and am looking at other triathlons to do later this summer to wear it again! It seems to be race season and I may have been bitten by the tri-bug. I will be swimming without a wetsuit as I live in south florida so it will certainly help in the water. Thanks also for the training tip, if any of the looks i got were any judge, it isn't often people see someone running in a trisuit. Looks a little more status quo when on the bike. I think for training I'll stick with training in shorts and a performance t-shirt of some variety. Gives me motivation to wear that trisuit in more races!
THanks again to all of your advice, Here's a pic from the nautcia that I have been meaning to post.
The local bike shop that was repairing my very old steel road bike lent me the one pictured for the race. Needless to say after riding a Carbon fiber bike I loved it and am looking at one to purchase. Already signed up for my 2nd tri of the year in two weeks and am hoping to do an olympic distance in july and maybe if I stick to the training a half marathon in the winter/early spring next year.
A different local bike shop has a specialized s-works tranistion frame with fairly basic wheels and train for 2K... I don't think a Tri bike is what I need, but it's a hard deal to pass up. I have a road bike and really want one to race in... IDK. we will see!
Agreed, the tri suit looks great! I usually feel like a fashion faux pas when I've got my tri gear on, especially with the compression socks up to my knees and my hair all over the place. But at the end of the day, its all about having a good race and if that's what it takes, I'm ok with looking silly.
I hope you went for the Trisuit! I completed my first triathlon last year in the trisuit and it was so comfortable! I would not race in anything else - "belly" or not, back or front of the pack, no difference to me. Happy training and racing this season!
yeah I was pleased with my performance, and had a really good time.
There were lots of people in trisuits and no one really cared what I was wearing! I've gone on a couple of rides and really like wearing it to get used to the feel and don't think it looks much different than your typical cycling jersey and bib/shorts set.