Anonymous asked in SportsOther - Sports · 1 decade ago

what footwear for triathlon ?

hi , i'm entering my first tri in a couple of weeks. it is short distances and i am ready fitness wise. i have already got spd's and shoes for my bike and running shoes for the run but would it be better to put the running shoes on for the cycle and use toe clips with straps rather than spend time changing footwear during the transition from cycle to run ? thanks in advance

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Honestly, the small amount of time you'd lose in the transition changing shoes is easily made up with the assistance of cycling specific shoes during the ride. You might consider getting elasticized laces for your running shoes, which will shave a little time off the transition.

    Source(s): First tri this year, avid cyclist
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  • 1 decade ago

    There's a reason why the pros no longer use toe clips and straps.

    The technique involves coming into T2 already OUT of your cycling shoes and pedaling with your feet ON TOP of them. That's why on TRI specific cycling shoes they have one big strap -- you reach down, loosen and coast in. You just hop of the bike leaving your shoes clipped in and run into T2 barefoot/socked, drop the helmet, rack your bike and slip on your running shoes. SPD's or any clip in are better than toe clips and straps by 6% efficiency-wise. If you average 12 MPH in toe clips, it means you can average 13MPH in SPD's.

    At your level, use what you've been training with -- I've used SPD's for sprints - iron distance. My SPD's aren't tri-specific and have 3 straps (hey, can't go wrong really for $30 Pearl Izumi's and at my level, 30 seconds doesn't matter much. You save more time by NOT wearing cycling gloves and having a good equipment layout.

    Source(s): Good luck! Training for full distance triathlons.
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  • 1 decade ago

    I like to see someone do it stilettos

    Now that would be impressive.

    Matty :D

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