I am new (I mean I have never competed before and will be this Saturday) to triathlons and really was just wondering what kind of gear I need to invest in, and what can wait. The tri I am in this weekend is a sprint, 1/2 mile swim, 20.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. I have, until about now, been swim training in the same swimsuit I wakeboard in. I would like to say it was because I wanted to train with extra drag, but in reality, I was just too lazy to go and buy some swimwear built for triathlons. Today, I am going to buy a pair of TYR jammers, hoping to bring down my swim times. I guess my main question is whether or not I should just do the whole race in the jammers, or if I should pack running shorts, biking shorts, and the swimwear? That seems a bit over the top for running a 5 K and biking 20 miles. I don't think I need padded shorts for an hour on the bike. Also, next summer I hope to compete in an olympic distance and perhaps a late H.I.M., what kind of gear will I need to upgrade to in order to survive the longer distances?
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