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2008-08-24 3:49 PM

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Subject: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1

Looking for any ideas how to get the sand off quickly.  What I am thinking:

 1)  Just leave sand on and do not worry about it

2)  Have a bowl of water at my T1 station and quickly put feet and bowl while putting helmet on.

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2008-08-24 3:55 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
Personally, I try to get as much sand off as possible before putting my bike shoes on (the irritation causes blisters for me).  I use a towel to help make my bike more easily identifiable, so I use that to brush off as much as possible. 
2008-08-24 4:04 PM
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I use a cheapie throwaway bike bottle with water, just squirt it on your feet and slip your feet into your bike shoes, they'll dry on the bike

I've seen a number of transition buckets spill over or take up too much space.    Even seen someone spill another person's bucket by accidentally kicking it. 

Keep it simple, small, and under your control



Edited by ChrisM 2008-08-24 4:05 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
bartturner - 2008-08-24 4:49 PM

Looking for any ideas how to get the sand off quickly. What I am thinking:

1) Just leave sand on and do not worry about it

2) Have a bowl of water at my T1 station and quickly put feet and bowl while putting helmet on.

Better ideas? Love the forum.

Not a bowl, you need a BUCKET.

A bucket.  BT loves buckets.  Trust me on this one. 

2008-08-24 4:05 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1

I bring a squirt bottle specifically for my feet and stand on the towel I've laid out in my transition spot to dry them. They'll still be a bit damp, but either they'll dry on the bike or just get wetter anyway. Or both. I usually have an extra small folded towel there too, just in case I really feel like drying my feet off or need it for some other reason.

Bowls or bins aren't a good idea because they can tip, and it's awful to have all your stuff soaking wet (not to mention maybe someone else's) and they take up too much room.

2008-08-24 4:09 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
bartturner - 2008-08-24 5:49 PM

Looking for any ideas how to get the sand off quickly.  What I am thinking:

1)  Just leave sand on and do not worry about it

2)  Have a bowl of water at my T1 station and quickly put feet and bowl while putting helmet on.

Better ideas?  Love the forum.

It depends on your goals for the race (and the distance) but for me, my goal is to get in and out as quickly as possible so I don't stop to worry about any debris on my feet.

Having said that, most of it is gone after running to transition and out with my bike.

Shane



2008-08-24 4:28 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
I too use the water bottle trick, but only if it's really bad as it takes too long to wash it all off.
2008-08-24 5:27 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
i use an extra water bottle and an extra towel.. since I wear socks (i know many dont) for both bike and run, I like having clean feet..
2008-08-24 5:29 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
I also use a water bottle and I wear socks for the bike too......I just let it dry off on the bike or give my feet a quick wipe on the towel before I put the socks on.
2008-08-24 6:21 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1

In all of the races I've done so far, the sandy part was only right out of the water, if that, depending on the venue (ie, pool swim - no sand). If there is any length of a run to T1, a lot of the sand will come off while you're running. What is left can be quickly wiped away with a swipe of your feet on a (small) towel laid out in tranisition - on which you'd put your shoes, etc.

 

2008-08-24 6:21 PM
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Meh, double post...



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2008-08-24 6:52 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
I use the water bottle with a quick rinse.  Also if the run from the water to T1 is on a trail with grass on the side I run in the grass and maybe drag my feet a little to knock of the sand.
2008-08-24 7:03 PM
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Funny, but an old Navy trick------ Baby powder!!!!
Leave a bottle of in in transition. Sprinke it on your feet and like magic the sand just falls off.
Course you have to dry your feet first.
2008-08-24 7:14 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
Are we talking HIM, IM or are we talking sprint, Oly?

Either way a quick swipe of the feet and a pair of Smartwool socks on and that's all thats needed for my needs. I've never figured out the need for dishpans, etc. If I move up to the IM distance next year I may have a water bottle to do a quick rinse.

At the race I was in today, I thought I was at fricken Home Depot with all the morons that need a 5 gallon pal to dip there feet in. It was a sprint/oly, wasn't certain if they were doing drywall, painting or racing. Why the need for such clean feet?

Use the K.I.S.S. method!
2008-08-24 7:15 PM
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I have only done one tri so far and it only had sand at the swim start (not exit) but I did the squirt bottle and towel to rinse off the gravel/dirt from the grass and parking lot I had to run through.  I know from experience at the beach that baby powder sprinkled on wet sandy feet dries it right away and lets it be brushed off.  (works great on the hands too)  I wonder if this would work at a triathlon faster than trying to wash it off.   Might be worth trying it out in a simulated transition -wet feet, stand in kids sandbox and then run to "transition" -all while timing it to see which works better to get the sand off.  I know that I will have to figure this out if I ever plan to do a tri with sand since I do get blisters VERY easily.



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2008-08-24 7:25 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
Another vote for a quick rinse with a water bottle. I used to use a dishpan, but found that it was too much of a hassle. I prefer riding/running with socks and found that the WrightSocks double layer, cool mesh socks are easy to put on with damp feet.


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By the time I run to the mount line, my feet are filthy as it is and I just go.
2008-08-24 7:34 PM
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I bring a shop vac. LOL, really I haven't run into too much of a problem, by the time I run to transition, my feet are pretty clean
2008-08-24 8:33 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1

I just used a small towel, wiped my feet and put 'em in my cycling shoes. Off I went.

I'm glad I kept it simple... 

2008-08-24 8:37 PM
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IMO, Leave it on or squirt it off with your water bottle.  I see all of these elaborate foot baths but that is too complicated for me.
2008-08-24 10:47 PM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1

I's bringed a bucket to step in and warsh off my feet.

Then, so I can have a place to sit whilst I put on my socks and shoes, I flipped the bucket over and sat on that.  The water dont really make such a mess as it ain't full but only foot deep - you know, as deep a water as only needed to cover my foot when I steps into my bucket.

Anyways, I always make sure I dumped the water away from everyones else transition.

Then, as I sit and wipe my feet I can put on dry socks my feet and then my shoes, and I found that this really sppeds up my time in the transition.

I also uses the bucket to carry all my stuff to my transition area and then also to put it all back in again to my car.  I find it real convenient and saves me a lot of time and I dont get nearly as tired either.

 



2008-08-25 12:58 AM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1

1)  Just leave sand on and do not worry about it

I'm all for #1! By the time you run from the sand to transition most of it is going to be off anyways... Never really had a problem with it! No buckets, water, towels, waterbottles to worry about. By the time I get to the bike mount most of the sand is off anyways...

I totally agree with the K.I.S.S. style!

2008-08-25 10:10 AM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
If anything I find that like most people the water bottle trick works best and is fast and simple.
2008-08-25 11:11 AM
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
I tried the water bottle and perhaps I just didn't practice enough, but I found for me it took way longer than I wanted.

Yesterday at my race I employed a water pan. I'm not talking a bucket, but a tupperware-style container that is literally exactly the length and width of my foot. Filled with about 2 inches of water. Get to transition, dip foot, place on towel. Dip other foot, place on towel. Continue with transition as normal.

At a half ironman earlier this year, I did the same thing. Before the race, I accidentally spilled my own water pan, but there was so little water in it, it just trickeled into my own stuff and no one elses. You don't need a foot or two of water, just a few inches.

Not everyone is comfortable racing with sandy feet, but you can still keep it relatively simple with a small water pan.
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Subject: RE: How to get sand off feet quickly in T1
rgretsof - 2008-08-24 7:25 PM

Another vote for a quick rinse with a water bottle. I used to use a dishpan, but found that it was too much of a hassle. I prefer riding/running with socks and found that the WrightSocks double layer, cool mesh socks are easy to put on with damp feet.


ooh I LURRRRVE those socks too ...
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