A few questions as this is my first time to go at this and I have very little experience w/ swimming or cycling.
I plan on doing a "short" in June;
-Swim - 1000M - Estimated time: ~25 to 30 minutes.
-Bike - 18.6 Miles - Estimated time: 1 hour 10 minutes
-Run - 5 miles - Estimated time: ~40 minutes
My attire if I were to go do these sports independently today:
Swim: swimming trunks/shorts / goggles
Ride: shorts / running shoes / t-shirt / helmet / gloves (plan to pick up a pair of "biking shorts" this week)
Run: shorts / running shoes
How I imagine a tri goes / how I would do it today w/o knowing any better.
-Set up @ T1 station: lay out bike, socks / shoes, helmet
-Swim: swim along w/ goggles and swim trunks
-T1: Swim to Bike: take off goggles and leave them here? Slip my socks & shoes on, put helmet on, start peddling.
-T2: Bike to Run: lay the bike down, take the helmet off, start running.
-Finish: Go back and collect my gear.
1. Is there a tri-suit? Something that I can swim, ride, and run in? Biking shorts I have seen have a pad in the crotch, it looks as though it would hold water and be uncomfortable during the ride. What is suggested? Shirt - do many folks ride w/o them?
1.a. If no to 1; How many changes of clothes are needed for an event?
1.b. If yes to 1; what is the best suggestion (economical counts!)?
2. Swim: Where do you put your bib? Do you have to wear one? Can you just use a marker on arm / leg?
3. Swim: Cap? Are these provided at the events (i've seen pictures where they all seem to have the same color for males / females)
4. T1: Leave goggles / cap / swim trunks or take with?
5. T2: Just drop the bike / helmet / etc? This may seem trival, but after spending that much on a bike and the gear is theft ever a problem at the events?
6. Post finish: I guess ya drive back to Transition spots and try to remember where you left everything / hope its still there?
7. What is proper etiquette along the way?
I know some of this may get a few laughs, but I am that clueless regarding participation in a tri. Anyway, thanks in advance for taking the time.