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Subject: First Triathlon
Learning about all things triathlon before my first race. This race is total noncompetitive and just for fun. It is a relatively short sprint distance.
Depending on my experience I may do longer and more competitive races in the future.

Plan is to do the whole race in tri shorts.
I am a male with relatively dark hair. Is leg shaving a must when you wear tri shorts?
Any reason I should consider shaving them for my first race since it is a sprint and noncompetitive?
Are hairy legs an issue when body marking?

Any other thoughts and suggestions for first timer.


2017-04-07 2:44 PM
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Subject: RE: First Triathlon

Originally posted by adow527 Learning about all things triathlon before my first race. This race is total noncompetitive and just for fun. It is a relatively short sprint distance. Depending on my experience I may do longer and more competitive races in the future. Plan is to do the whole race in tri shorts. I am a male with relatively dark hair. Is leg shaving a must when you wear tri shorts? Any reason I should consider shaving them for my first race since it is a sprint and noncompetitive? Are hairy legs an issue when body marking? Any other thoughts and suggestions for first timer.

Good for you, hope you enjoy it. Answers to your questions:

shaving legs - not required

reason to do so - in your situation, none

body marking issues due to hairy legs - none

Enjoy your training, and keep at it. If the swim is an open water swim, that is a whole different animal than in the pool. Practice open water swimming. Brick workouts are your friend. Finally, let us know how it goes!

2017-04-08 1:10 AM
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Subject: RE: First Triathlon
Agree with above.

Most folks wear tri shorts and a tri top for the entire race, even for Ironman distance triathlons.

Basically pick a training plan that you can stick with and follow it to race day. You don't need the fastest bike, an aero helmet or any of that. Basic bike, tri shorts/top, shoes, socks, racebelt, bike shoes if your bike is clip-in and you are good to go.

Welcome to the sport, don't get too caught up in the gadgets unless it is fun for you. Join a mentor group for more info if you want. I run one, but any will be fine for you.
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