Newbie Advice

Race Day

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04/03/2020 at 10:32

Hi, I'm new here and new to Triathlon.  I've always loved Running (up to Marathon distance) and Cycling (100k days) but my lack of swim experience beyond swimming with my kids has always stopped me from going for a Tri.  I've decided this should change so I've entered a local Sprint Tri at the beginning of May.  I'm fairly comfortable with doing swim but I've a question regarding T1.  My plan is to wear Tri shorts for the race duration but what do I do with my cycling Top?  Can I take it to the pool side with me or must I leave it in the TA? Only worried about this as I don't want to get cold before the swim starts...    

04/03/2020 at 13:21
Check the competitor notes for the event and if there is nothing there email the organiser and ask. Generally shoes and other items can be left near the swim exit

It is against the rules to be topless
04/03/2020 at 14:22
Thanks Harry so I have to wear a top in the pool?
04/03/2020 at 21:01
Not necessarily. You may be able to leave it on poolside or close by or the organiser may waive the nudity rule. Hence email the organiser. You'll not be alone

In our local pool tri many (males) swim topless but pass through the sports hall on the way to T1 where shoes and tops only may be left

Don't be worried about getting cold before the swim. You'll soon warm up. Never been an issue with me whatever the weather for a pool based tri
04/03/2020 at 22:56
Thanks Harry, messaged the organisers and they confirmed no need for a top in the pool ???????? And OK to cover up in T1

Thanks again
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