— Forum Discussions —

16 posts / 0 new
Last post
spazz's picture
Joined: Apr 26 2007
Posts: 53
47 degrees half ironman, what do i wear?

i think im scrwed, after being 90-100 for the last month, now my first half ironman it is supposed to be 47 at 7am race start, what do i need? do i need to have arm and leg warmers on the bike? i have no wetsuit, so basically screwed, should i just get a long sleeve jersey? i dont have any of these things, i guess biking at race pace i'll get warm at some point

Ironmom's picture
Joined: Nov 30 2006
Posts: 1820

I've done a HIM with a 41 degree start and last years IMFL was probably about the same temperature at the start. Both times my regular tri gear with arm warmers was just fine. In the HIM, it continued raining and blowing and so my feet got really really cold and that was the only thing that was problematic. At IMFL, everything warmed up on the bike and I was fine after that.

PJT
PJT's picture
Joined: Aug 16 2005
Posts: 1513

At 47 degrees you're not going to get warm on the bike without extra clothing no matter how hard you go, especially starting wet. How much is it supposed to warm up during the day? Is there rain forecast?

Everyone reacts to cold differently on the bike. Below 50, I'd look for a good tight jacket, a cap to wear under your helmet, and full-fingered gloves. Leg warmers or tights, socks, and even toe covers are also a good idea.

Between 50-60 and dry, you might be OK with just arm warmers (make your own with a pair of socks), gloves, and a cap IF you dry off in transition pretty thoroughly.

You'll see people wearing less, but they won't look very happy.

UFTriGator's picture
Joined: Mar 22 2006
Posts: 1249

You don't really have to worry about the temperature at the race start. What will the temperature be 30 min after your wave starts? That's when it matters more. I'd put some toe covers on your shoes in advance. If it's in the 50s or so, some arm warmers and full-finger gloves might be nice (I [I]am[/I] from Florida, though :D), but I don't think you'd need any more than that. I wouldn't imagine you having any issues on the run.....the bike is only tough because you're going so much faster and the wind makes it feel a lot colder.

UFTriGator's picture
Joined: Mar 22 2006
Posts: 1249

Oh wow.....we all just posted at the same time......I hit "post" and was like, "I'm not Ironmom....." :D

RV
RV's picture
Joined: Jan 19 2005
Posts: 3419

If it will be warming up then just arm warmers and gloves. If staying cold then get a jacket.

spazz's picture
Joined: Apr 26 2007
Posts: 53

its supposed to be 47 at 7 am and 56 by 10 am, about when i would be getting off the bike, i guess just long sleeve jersey the whole way?

spazz's picture
Joined: Apr 26 2007
Posts: 53

anyone here doing the Great Illini half or full distance by the way?

Riverbrady's picture
Joined: Jul 16 2004
Posts: 560

If air temperature is 47 then the water is going to feel warmer, even though it'll be right about the same temperature it would be in warm weather, save the top inch or so.

Personally, I'd go with a bit more clothing over less. It's a lot easier to open up a zipper or roll down arm warmers. A similar reason keeps me to short sleeve jerseys and arm warmers over long sleve jerseys...can always roll them down.

Make sure to have a dry towel in transition and take the extra few seconds to towel as dry as possible...those few extra seconds in T1 will be more than made up when you're not further chilling yourself on the bike due to being soaking wet.

tri-ac's picture
Joined: Dec 7 2005
Posts: 3720

i agree with riverbrady on the water...it's probably not any worse than it might otherwise be this time of year

Anton's picture
Joined: Mar 4 2005
Posts: 5352

Standard bike jersey and arm warmers..Wear the arm warmers right through the run if you have to...I sometimes start in a light jacket that I can then roll up and stuff in a jersey pocket...but it has to be pretty cold for that.

brittda's picture
Joined: Jan 25 2005
Posts: 2458

and....if you dont have arm warmers take a pair of tube socks and cut the toes out of them. Instant cheap arm warmers that you can toss if it gets too warm, and you dont want them. Just a thought if you dont own them and don't want to spend a ton of money.

oh wait--PJT said that, sorry selective reading :)

spazz's picture
Joined: Apr 26 2007
Posts: 53

do i need to cover my ears covered?

PJT
PJT's picture
Joined: Aug 16 2005
Posts: 1513

Speaking of pretty cold, forecast for my sprint race tomorrow is 36 degrees at the start, topping out around 42 by the time I should be done.

I'm using an aero helmet, so no hat needed under there, but I'll be putting on a jacket, socks, and full-finger gloves in T-1. Bike is only 15-16 miles, so I'm going to skip the toe covers and pray for the best.

brittda's picture
Joined: Jan 25 2005
Posts: 2458

[QUOTE=PJT;79662]Speaking of pretty cold, forecast for my sprint race tomorrow is 36 degrees at the start, topping out around 42 by the time I should be done.

I'm using an aero helmet, so no hat needed under there, but I'll be putting on a jacket, socks, and full-finger gloves in T-1. Bike is only 15-16 miles, so I'm going to skip the toe covers and pray for the best.[/QUOTE]

HOLY CR@P I thought High 50's here (for a low) was getting cold :eek:

MITriGuy's picture
Joined: Aug 30 2007
Posts: 35

I did a sprint a couple weeks ago and it was 39 air temp and supposedly mid 60's water but it felt like someone through a bucket of ice water on me and I was wearing a suit.

I bought a long sleeve zip up jersey for riding in the winter so I wore that. I was still a little chilly even in that but the nice the thing was it was very easy to get on and off. Underneath it I wore my tri singlet. When I was done with the bike I just unzipped it and pulled it off. People using arm warmers were having tons of fun getting them off their wet bodies. I would say invest in a long sleeve full zip like I bought. You'll use it anyway for cold weather riding.

? Top