Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My First Duathlon: What I Wore

I dressed like it was a running race, except with tri shorts

What to wear for a duathlon or triathlon is more important than you might originally think, and it's especially important for women. I know my husband would probably show up wearing some swim trunks and a t-shirt and be fine, but most of us give it more consideration than that (well, except those guys that just wear a speedo the whole race, they have it pretty easy). After all, you're doing 2 or 3 different sports, sports that you would normally have different outfits for. So what should you wear when you do all 3 without changing in between? The simple answer is a trisuit, or tri top and tri shorts. It's simple, swim-ready, has a fast-drying chamois to keep you comfortable on the bike, and is plenty flexible to run in. I'd love to have a trisuit like those from Smashfest Queen or Betty Designs, but my budget just won't allow for it right now.

Lesley Paterson Braveheart Racing trisuit from Betty Designs

When I was still planning on doing the triathlon, I was really concerned over what I was going to wear. After weighing my options and going through the clothes I already had, I decided I would buy a tri specific sports bra and wear the Pearl Izumi tri-shorts I already had. I would wear those two pieces for the swim, then throw a bike jersey on top for the bike and run. Unfortunately, the Pearl Izumi tri crop bra I purchased ended up being completely see through. Not the look I was going for. I didn't have time to try and find another one at that point and none of the tri tops I looked at fit my budget. I decided I would just wear my favorite sports bra (the New Balance one in this review) knowing that it would dry pretty quickly. (Quick-dry fabrics didn't matter when it came race day and it was raining, everyone stayed wet throughout.)

After I had decided what I would wear, I ended up switching to the duathlon. I'm not really one for running in a sports bra alone, though I can pull that look off btw (humble brag?), so I gave some more consideration to my wardrobe once I knew I wouldn't be swimming. I decided I would just go with a running tank over the sports bra and tri shorts since it would be more comfortable than a bike jersey. The race belt that I bought has small loops that can hold gels, so I wouldn't miss having the jersey pockets.

How do I feel about what I wore now that the race is over? I missed having jersey pockets! The belt did a good job of holding my gel but once I ate it I didn't have a good place for the empty packet, I tried to put it back in the belt but noticed after the race that it was gone. I really didn't mean to litter. I think it would have been easier to get the gel out of the jersey pocket also, but that could just be because I'm not used to the belt. It seemed like there was another reason I missed having a jersey, but I can't remember it right now. Considering the options I had on hand, this was a pretty good choice for what to wear. I was comfortable the whole time and that's what matters. Next time I would love to have at least a tri top though. Oh, and extra socks!

If you've done a du or tri, what did you wear? Was it a good choice?

2 comments:

  1. Reese is right. I would just grab a random pair of short or my swim suit and just take off without any thought to it. lol

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    1. Yep, hopefully you would remember some anti-chafe, so at least you wouldn't be in pain.

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