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Subject: Rain forecast for Sprint this weekend; transition suggestions?
I'm entered in my first triathlon this Saturday, a local sprint distance event with a pool swim. Unfortunately, it looks like it's probably going to be raining. My assumption is the event will proceed as long as there's no lightning. I had a plan for my transitions and have practiced them a few times. If its raining, however, that plan is basically out the window. I hadn't given any thought to a rain contingency until this morning. Any suggestions?


Also, what do you do to keep your glasses from fogging up? This morning I did a true swim-to-bike transition out of my swim workout. Glasses were OK at first, but by the time I got a mile or so down the road, they started fogging up. It was pretty humid this morning, and presumable the extra moisture in the air in the immediate vicinity of my glasses from the pool water evaporating off my skin, hair, and shirt was enough to cause condensation.


2016-08-11 11:22 AM
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its exactly the same as your old plan, just you'll be wet.  Don't sweat it, and be a little careful in the turns.

2016-08-11 11:33 AM
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Subject: RE: Rain forecast for Sprint this weekend; transition suggestions?
You might want to put most of you transition items (running shoes, socks, etc.) in a bag (grocery is fine). They'll still get wet once you're out on the course, but at least they'll be dry for the first X minutes/miles.

As for the fogging up of glasses, meh. I am going to try baby shampoo, which I've heard helps with goggles, or some of those anti-fog sprays you can buy, but I honestly don't have much hope for them.

Lastly, careful with the painted lines on the road, especially around corners.

Have a fun race!
2016-08-11 11:36 AM
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A small piece of tarp or even a very large raincoat works wonders for a rainy transition.  Just set all of your stuff on top of one half and then fold the other half over.  It won't stay completely dry but in the event that it downpours you won't be coming back to totally soaked towels, shoes, socks, etc.

2016-08-11 1:19 PM
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I have just turned my cycling shoes and running shoes upside down so they don't get quite so wet.
2016-08-11 9:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Rain forecast for Sprint this weekend; transition suggestions?
Originally posted by gary p

I'm entered in my first triathlon this Saturday, a local sprint distance event with a pool swim. Unfortunately, it looks like it's probably going to be raining. My assumption is the event will proceed as long as there's no lightning. I had a plan for my transitions and have practiced them a few times. If its raining, however, that plan is basically out the window. I hadn't given any thought to a rain contingency until this morning. Any suggestions?


Also, what do you do to keep your glasses from fogging up? This morning I did a true swim-to-bike transition out of my swim workout. Glasses were OK at first, but by the time I got a mile or so down the road, they started fogging up. It was pretty humid this morning, and presumable the extra moisture in the air in the immediate vicinity of my glasses from the pool water evaporating off my skin, hair, and shirt was enough to cause condensation.



[pink] Cover your bike seat with a plastic bag [/pink]

Seriously though, I hate wet shoes, so I'll lay a towel over my shoes. Sure they get wet after I'm on course, but at least they are dry when I put them on. Experience riding in the wet helps for corners and general braking. The worst part of riding in the rain is the first five minutes till you're soaked through, coming out of the pool, this isn't a problem


2016-08-12 4:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Rain forecast for Sprint this weekend; transition suggestions?
Also don't like starting with wet gear, especially for a longer race if temps at the beginning of the bike are cool. I put my bike and run stuff (shoes, socks, hat) in big ziplock bags. It adds a little time so probably not the best idea for a sprint if you're in it to win it, but okay otherwise.
2016-08-13 2:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Rain forecast for Sprint this weekend; transition suggestions?
Nothing different in transition. Covering stuff up, putting stuff in bags etc will just slow you down and since you're going to get anyways, what difference does it make.

Just keep it easy in turns and avoid painted lines/manhole covers and you'll be good. You're probably not going to set your fastest bike split ever, but no one else with either.
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Subject: RE: Rain forecast for Sprint this weekend; transition suggestions?
I ended up setting up my transition area pretty much like I planned, and put a clear storage tub, sans lid, upside down on top. I had to condense the layout just slightly to get it to fit underneath. It was raining a bit during the pre-race briefing but let up during the swim. Making an effort to keep my shoes and socks dry was well worth the ~3 seconds moving the tub cost me.

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2016-08-13 8:23 PM
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Subject: RE: Rain forecast for Sprint this weekend; transition suggestions?
Sorry I didn't see this sooner. I use baby shampoo on my glasses to keep them from fogging. I rub it on the lenses, rinse it off with water and they don't fog. I do the same with my goggles.
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