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2015-03-17 1:44 PM

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Subject: Duathlon- Socks... or sockless?
So... I should probably make this a pole, but I wanna hear from ya'll. Socks or no Socks for a Duathlon... obviously I do Tri's sockless, but I prefer socks for (most) training... but what about Du's?


2015-03-17 1:55 PM
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Subject: RE: Duathlon- Socks... or sockless?

I've only done about 4 Duathlons, but have always gone sockless.  They all were Sprint distance races, so only 7.5 kms total running.

I wear Zoot OVWAs which are very comfortable on bare feet, but would considering going with socks for an International/Olympic distance Duathlon.

2015-03-17 1:59 PM
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If you are a person that typically prefers to run and ride with socks, I do not see the downside to racing a DU with them.  Not like you have to take any time to put them on as in a tri. .

2015-03-17 2:24 PM
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Agreed. Your preference here - as long as you aren't changing socks.  It isn't like a triathlon where you come out of the water to put on socks and shoes and it bites your T1 time. 

I've done three dus and i always wore socks but I also always wear them in tris too. 

2015-03-17 5:22 PM
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Whatever works for you. My shoes have been meant more for socks, so I've worn them. I have a pair of tri bike shoes now that fit better without socks than with, so I'll likely go without this coming year.



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2015-03-17 8:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Duathlon- Socks... or sockless?
I race duathlons most of the time (only tri's if I have no other option…) and I'm always sock less. Part of that is the flying mount just won't work with socks (although I guess you could technically run in socks, but getting you feet in the shoes would be a challenge) and part is that I prefer running sock less.


2015-03-17 8:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Duathlon- Socks... or sockless?
I have always worn socks for a Du. I do not have a need not to wear them during a Du. During a Tri there is a reason not to wear socks, i. e. having to put them on wet feet. During a Du I have them on from the beginning of the race, so there is no struggle when trying to get socks on wet feet like there is during a Tri. The reason I do not wear socks in a Tri is it slows down transition, not the case during a Du.
2015-03-18 5:55 AM
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Originally posted by 5stones

I have always worn socks for a Du. I do not have a need not to wear them during a Du. During a Tri there is a reason not to wear socks, i. e. having to put them on wet feet. During a Du I have them on from the beginning of the race, so there is no struggle when trying to get socks on wet feet like there is during a Tri. The reason I do not wear socks in a Tri is it slows down transition, not the case during a Du.


I don't know if I agree with this… the only time I can see that it won't slow you down is if you keep the same shoes on for the entire race… or if you run in your socks and then mount the bike, but somehow I see that as unlikely.

But I do agree that if you are more comfortable with socks, the small time loss may still be worth it.
2015-03-18 7:04 AM
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Originally posted by audiojan
Originally posted by 5stones I have always worn socks for a Du. I do not have a need not to wear them during a Du. During a Tri there is a reason not to wear socks, i. e. having to put them on wet feet. During a Du I have them on from the beginning of the race, so there is no struggle when trying to get socks on wet feet like there is during a Tri. The reason I do not wear socks in a Tri is it slows down transition, not the case during a Du.
I don't know if I agree with this… the only time I can see that it won't slow you down is if you keep the same shoes on for the entire race… or if you run in your socks and then mount the bike, but somehow I see that as unlikely. But I do agree that if you are more comfortable with socks, the small time loss may still be worth it.

What about the bike mount is making sock use difficult? Bunching up? Picking up pebbles?

2015-03-18 7:14 AM
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Subject: RE: Duathlon- Socks... or sockless?

Originally posted by brigby1

Originally posted by audiojan
Originally posted by 5stones I have always worn socks for a Du. I do not have a need not to wear them during a Du. During a Tri there is a reason not to wear socks, i. e. having to put them on wet feet. During a Du I have them on from the beginning of the race, so there is no struggle when trying to get socks on wet feet like there is during a Tri. The reason I do not wear socks in a Tri is it slows down transition, not the case during a Du.
I don't know if I agree with this… the only time I can see that it won't slow you down is if you keep the same shoes on for the entire race… or if you run in your socks and then mount the bike, but somehow I see that as unlikely. But I do agree that if you are more comfortable with socks, the small time loss may still be worth it.

What about the bike mount is making sock use difficult? Bunching up? Picking up pebbles?

My question as well. I've done many dus with socks- on paved transition areas- with no problems whatsoever. If anything your feet slide into the on-the-bike shoes easier.

2015-03-18 9:01 AM
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Only done one duathlon and chose to wear socks, compression socks up to the knee actually (I was struggling with shin splints at the time).  My only concern was running through transition with them but luckily the ground wasn't overly wet or muddy.  I can't see how it makes any difference to transition time whether you are wearing socks or not.



2015-03-19 6:19 AM
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Subject: RE: Duathlon- Socks... or sockless?
Well this is all good info and helpful hearing from everyone... But it seems to be fairly split... I am mostly worried about running in socks for the flying mount etc. And getting stuff caught in them. I may just bring socks and decided while setting up in transition depending on if it's paved and dry or what not.

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2015-03-19 8:51 PM
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OK...my races were in the mid to late 90's...many Sprint distance races....I wore my running shoes (sneakers) for all three legs with toe clips on the bike. In a sprint distance race, the bike leg was only 10-15 miles. As the race progressed you managed to settle in with a group prior to entering T1/T2..It was a great feeling to get out of T1-T2 approx. 1 - 2 minutes faster than the group you entered with....especially being and older runner...45-50 at the time.In a sprint , I don't think speed I might have lost on the bike was offset by the faster transition times....3 minutes saved over an hour long race can be big in age group placing. I haven't raced since 2003...I would imagine that things might be different today...the sport seems to be so equipment centered, that biking in sneakers might be too radical for serious consideration. I know that if I ever get back to a race, I'll find those toe clips in the garage.....that extra 3 minutes is even more valuable in your 60's.
2015-03-21 6:52 AM
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Subject: RE: Duathlon- Socks... or sockless?

Originally posted by NJBIll OK...my races were in the mid to late 90's...many Sprint distance races....I wore my running shoes (sneakers) for all three legs with toe clips on the bike. In a sprint distance race, the bike leg was only 10-15 miles. As the race progressed you managed to settle in with a group prior to entering T1/T2..It was a great feeling to get out of T1-T2 approx. 1 - 2 minutes faster than the group you entered with....especially being and older runner...45-50 at the time.In a sprint , I don't think speed I might have lost on the bike was offset by the faster transition times....3 minutes saved over an hour long race can be big in age group placing. I haven't raced since 2003...I would imagine that things might be different today...the sport seems to be so equipment centered, that biking in sneakers might be too radical for serious consideration. I know that if I ever get back to a race, I'll find those toe clips in the garage.....that extra 3 minutes is even more valuable in your 60's.

If someone is taking 1-2 minutes longer than you in a short transition then they are doing it wrong. I usually had nearly as fast or faster transitions than experienced duathletes who wore their running shoes throughout.

2015-03-21 1:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Duathlon- Socks... or sockless?
Thought I'd give a race report... I decided to take socks and decided while setting up transition. I decided for socks since it was a small field, small transition area, paved, clean , and dry all in all it went well... Transitions were my best leg of the event with a 31" T1 and a 41" T2... The longer T2 was for grabbing a quick drink since I was suffering from cramps... But that's another story
2015-03-22 11:15 AM
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I was speaking from the perspective of a mid to back of the pack participant in local races. Sure, racers is this group probably do many things wrong, but they all do one thing right...they enter the race.


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