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2012-09-08 9:21 AM

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Subject: Need advice on IM attire tomorrow

I'm doing IMWI tomorrow and the temp is forecast to be around 51 for the swim start and around 55 when I plan to get on the bike.  The temps will warm up gradually to around 70-73 at 1:00.  The water temp is low 70's so I'll be plenty toasty coming out of the water in my full sleeved wetsuit.

I've ridden in 55 degree weather before in just my tri-suit and it was cold, but I didn't freeze by any means but I wasn't soaking wet from a swim either.

So, my plan at this point is to just wear my normal Tri top & shorts with my zoot arm coolers.  My thought is the arm coolers should act more like a warmer until I start sweating.  Obviously when it gets up into the mid 60's to 70's it will be plenty warm, so I'm really just wondering about the first couple hours.

For those of you with more experience riding in these temps what do you think?



2012-09-08 9:46 AM
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I would think you will be fine once you are dry. My dad always told me you can always take it off when you have extra on. Can not put something on if you don't have it though.

Good luck! <--working run aid station at the kohl!
2012-09-08 9:59 AM
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55 degrees is not at all for riding in a trisuit. I would recommend to err on the side of warmth early in the day. You won't be hammering away and generating much heat internally, but your pace will be generating a lot of cooling breeze. Do you have a long-sleeved base layer that you could throw on?

Good luck for the race! It's awesome how far you've come to get to this point.

2012-09-08 10:26 AM
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tuwood - 2012-09-08 9:21 AM

I'm doing IMWI tomorrow and the temp is forecast to be around 51 for the swim start and around 55 when I plan to get on the bike.  The temps will warm up gradually to around 70-73 at 1:00.  The water temp is low 70's so I'll be plenty toasty coming out of the water in my full sleeved wetsuit.

I've ridden in 55 degree weather before in just my tri-suit and it was cold, but I didn't freeze by any means but I wasn't soaking wet from a swim either.

So, my plan at this point is to just wear my normal Tri top & shorts with my zoot arm coolers.  My thought is the arm coolers should act more like a warmer until I start sweating.  Obviously when it gets up into the mid 60's to 70's it will be plenty warm, so I'm really just wondering about the first couple hours.

For those of you with more experience riding in these temps what do you think?

I don't know about this part... I wore arm coolers (de soto wings) last weekend on a 4+ hour 100-degree ride and could not wet them for long periods of time. When they were dry my arms did not seem any warmer than the rest of my body? Don't know, but I'd hate for them to have the opposite effect, or intended effect rather - and make you colder?

Do you have arm warmers? Do you think you'll need the arm coolers in 60s and 70s?

I would probably start with arm warmers and take them off later.

2012-09-08 11:16 AM
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I did a race with similar temps last year. I would say maybe put on thin running gloves for the bike. My fingers always get cold.
2012-09-08 12:11 PM
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Personally, I would NOT go with the long sleeve base layer because you will eventually warm up and you'll be too warm and won't be able to take it off (guess you could roll up sleeves but torso will be warm)  I've never worn arm coolers but have worn arm warmers tons of times.   In fact, I had arm warmers on for the first lap of IM M-T last month and easily stuffed them in my tri top back pocket when I didn't need them on the bike.  I pulled them back out on the last lap of the run when it was rainy and cool.  Not sure if arm coolers alone will keep you warm or not.  If you use arm warmers keep them in your T1 bag and before you put them in the bag, put them on your arms and roll them down toward your wrist so they will be easy to slip over your hand in transition and then roll them up.  Much easier than trying to put an un-rolled warmer over a wet arm.   I've done IM WI 5x so soak up the crowds and have fun.  Good luck


2012-09-08 6:13 PM
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Wear socks, use the arm coolers they will help, go to walmart and buy a throw away windbreaker or tech shirt for $10.  My coach is a cyclist and has told me to put newspaper in your shirt or jacket to keep warm and then throw it out when you warm up.  ALSO think ahead to the run and how cool it might get at night.  I have no idea how slow or fast you are but if there is a possibliity of finishing in teh dark might want to throw a long sleeved techshirt in your special needs bag
2012-09-08 6:37 PM
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I've done a couple cool-morning, warm-afternoon races and I've been good enough in just my tri suit.  I've seen a bunch of people out there at IMCDA and IMLP dressed far warmer than me and I didn't understand why.  A couple of them were in baggy jackets on aero bikes in aero position - aero FAIL!

The earlier suggestion to get a throw-away $10 long sleeve shirt is a great idea  A T-shirt be a lot faster to put on in T1 right over your tri suit than rolling on tight arm warmers over wet skin, and you can drop it in the trash at an aid station when no longer needed.  You spent enough getting to IMWI, don't skimp now!

Get a second one to put in your T2 bag in case the warmer afternoon doesn't develop.  One time at IMC the rain started at Yellow Lake (mile 90 on the bike) and I had a miserable, miserable finsih to the bike and first 13 miles of the run until someone was handing out T-shirts at the run turnaround.

2012-09-08 6:44 PM
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Socks - 2012-09-08 6:13 PM ...  My coach is a cyclist and has told me to put newspaper in your shirt or jacket to keep warm and then throw it out when you warm up.  ...

Hopefully NOT on the course and in a waste receptacle, yes??  Otherwise, littering, and/or leaving equipment will get penalized when seen.

2012-09-08 6:46 PM
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I'd go with the arm warmers, and you can easily stash them after the first loop if you warm up - they're light and don't take up much space.  I wore a pair in 90-plus heat and I think they helped me with whisking up the sweat and allowing me to wipe my brow, not leaving me all sticky.  But, that's just my take on it.
2012-09-08 7:12 PM
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Gallon ziplock bag up your tri top in front works much like a vest and is cheap plus disposable.

Tube socks with feet cut off for arm warmers so you can ditch them.

 



2012-09-08 7:43 PM
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KathyG - 2012-09-08 7:12 PM

Gallon ziplock bag up your tri top in front works much like a vest and is cheap plus disposable.

Tube socks with feet cut off for arm warmers so you can ditch them.

 

 

Good suggestion, CHEAP DISPOSABLE ARM WARMER are tube socks from walmart.  Newspaper or ziplock back trick will work great.  We use newspaper for a lot of our fall/winter rides.

2012-09-08 8:26 PM
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Buy some calf-length tube socks at the local drug store and cut the toes off.  Use these as arm warmers (roll them into doughnuts you can slip on your wrists in T1 and roll up your arm on the go).  When it gets warm enough take them off and stuff in your back pocket, or dispose of them at an aid station.

Consider compression calf sleeves as well (under wetsuit).

2012-09-08 8:37 PM
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I can't speak to IM yet, but I can speak to the temps b/c I ride and race in them all the time. I would probably not do leg warmers, as for me it is keeping the core and hands warm that is really key. I assume you'll be wearing gloves. A light jersey or cotton tee over your trisuit, as others have suggested, will probably do you admirably until it warms up a bit.
2012-09-08 8:43 PM
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x2 on the cheap gleves and ditch them at an aid station.  Are you planning on putting on dry clothes in the changing tent or riding wet?  When I did CD'A in 2011 the water was 54 and the air was about 60, I swam in my suit and then changed into my bike gear.  Took a little longer, but it was nice to be dry and warm.  Good Luck and have fun. 
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