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  1. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    August 3, 2011

    I feel like I’d feel claustrophobic in a tri suit! Or any one piece type item… Although I used to wear one piece swimsuits back in the day (like, when I was 6), so maybe it’s just the same as that?
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  2. Caitlin
    August 3, 2011

    I LOVE MY TRISUIT. http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2011/06/trysports-and-a-trisuit.html It was expensive ($150?) but so so so so worth it.
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    • Caitlin
      August 3, 2011

      oh but i do put a sports bra on over the trisuit for the run, otherwise i get the floppage.
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  3. allison @ thesundayflog
    August 3, 2011

    loved this post! for my race on sunday i’m doing the sports bra-tri shorts thing for the swim, and then pulling on a tank for the bike and run. i think for the distance im doing it will be justtt fine. it’s hard to find pieces with enough padding in the seat for the bike, but not too much so that you feel like you’re running in a diaper πŸ˜‰
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  4. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    August 3, 2011

    $75 sounds like a great deal! Hope it works out on the bike ride.
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  5. Hillary
    August 3, 2011

    Yowza—that’s a science you have going on right there! I’ve never done a tri, but it looks like that suit might actually end up being the best option. Hope it works out!
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  6. Chloe (In Fine Feather)
    August 3, 2011

    When I did a few spring tris I found that a tri short & top worked well for me, and just sucked it up in the cold water πŸ™‚
    Looks like you found a great option though, and one that hopefully will last you for a while!
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  7. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots)
    August 3, 2011

    Looks like you were able to find a good option! I’ll be interested to hear how it holds up on the bike ride. I have very little natural padding (if you know what I mean), so I feel like i would want a lot of padding for a long ride.
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  8. michelle
    August 3, 2011

    I usually race in clothes that I have been wearing during training. I don’t want any surprises on race day. During my second marathon in May, I wore clothes that I have raced in before but I had some major chafing issues in some private areas and that was no fun at all! Taking a shower after the run was more painful than the marathon in a lot of ways.
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  9. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
    August 3, 2011

    It seems like you got a great deal on the suit – I hope it’s comfortable to ride in!
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  10. Army Amy*
    August 3, 2011

    The tri suit is super cute! I don’t bike, but if the suit doesn’t provide enough padding, could you put additional padding on the bike? Like bike seat cover?*
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  11. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    August 3, 2011

    I’ve never had to buy a tri- suit, but not gonna lie– they look pretty hardcore πŸ˜‰
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  12. Ali @ Ali Runs
    August 3, 2011

    Yay for the new tri suit! That’ll be perfect for your Half Ironman! πŸ™‚
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  13. Theresa @ActiveEggplant.com
    August 3, 2011

    I’ve been yearning for a trisuit for months now! I’ve been thinking seriously about getting one since you tweeted about the deal you got last week! My problem is that I’m still smack in the middle of my weight loss journey (30 lbs to go!) so I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on one NOW, only to have it be too big when I get to my goal weight. I could totally see spending $75 now to get me through my next several races & go for the gusto when I hit my goal.
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  14. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    August 3, 2011

    Wow, you were very brave to wear a white sports bra for a race!! I love your new suit, especially the built in bra part! I don’t do tris, but for the half marathons and marathons I’ve done, I’m all about the Lululemon gear – so soft and NO chafing!
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  15. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    August 3, 2011

    Wow, that was really REALLy informative! I used a one-piece swimsuit with shorts on top and a sports bra underneath, and it was totally fine!

    Love the new suit!

  16. Donna
    August 3, 2011

    I see people in the 1 piece tri suits and I so wish I could pull one off… sometimes. I do like the 2 pieces though, for the port-a-potty. πŸ™‚ This way I don’t have to get practically naked! I know… strange hang-up, being naked in the port-a-potty. I am glad to see that you purchased something NOW, rather than the night before your race! I don’t generally have chafing issues, but on race day I use body-glide anywhere there is potential! One of my favorite pairs of tri shorts are my Zoots. You’ll be surprised how you’ll become accustomed to that thinner pad, over time. Now if I try to ride with regular cycling shorts, it feels like a diaper! You may find you’ll need to adjust your seat tilt a little if you’re changing shorts. My Zoot shorts are only second to my LG shorts that came with my club’s tri kit. I sooooo wish I could get these separate from their custom ordering. They are called TriTek. If you find the Zoot pad to be too thin, or you can’t get used to it, you might try LG’s tri short or Desoto’s 400 mile short. I know a lot of IM folks who go the distance in 400 mile short. Sorry to ramble! Oh and congrats on the tire change!
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    • Meghann
      August 3, 2011

      Thanks Donna! Great information to share! πŸ™‚

  17. Rae
    August 3, 2011

    I’ve raced a HIM in a trisuit…regarding chafage, I would recommend body glide or aquaphor. Some on the fronts of your underarms, back of neck, and, um, bits…good to go for chafage. And if you sit far enough fron on teh bike, youre good to go for any other uncomfortables. Its weird to say, but the more you bike, the more you “toughen up” your seat area cause it gets used to it!
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  18. Faith @ For the Health of It
    August 3, 2011

    All of your posts about the tri’s are making me want to work towards one incredibly badly! I always thought a marathon would be my ultimate goal (and of course I’d still love to do one…way in the future!), but the swimming and biking components look like a straight up BLAST (let’s ignore the fact that I haven’t been on a bike or in a pool for years…haha)

  19. Mary
    August 3, 2011

    Love the trisuit! I think that your tush will be fine on the 56 mile bike. I remember when HB did his half iron last year he had a pair of thin tri shorts he raced in and he said that he had no problems on the bike. πŸ™‚

  20. Cait’s Plate
    August 3, 2011

    WOOHOO!! Congrats πŸ™‚ You look rockin’ in it!
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  21. Donna
    August 3, 2011

    Oh… favorite cream to avoid chafing *down there* (LOL) Assos chamois cream. It’s the only stuff I’ve found that I can slather on me and the pad and it’s still there for the bike. You should try a couple out to see what works for you. Don’t be alarmed… the Assos (if you try it) is kind of cool feeling. LOL. My P.I. tri shorts do it to me too — I think the edge of the pad is what is bothersome — not the pad itself.
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  22. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    August 3, 2011

    I wore a cotton sports bra during a marathon last year- my chest was actually BLEEDING it was so chafed! Never again πŸ™

  23. Ashley @ Thefitacademic
    August 3, 2011

    If the suit doesn’t work well padding-wise, you could always consider buying a padded seat to put on your bike. They’re relatively inexpensive and it would add zero time to transition since you can put it on ahead of time. Just a thought…

  24. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    August 3, 2011

    This is such a great post. Thanks for writing about the good and the bad.
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  25. Katie G.
    August 3, 2011

    GREAT post Meghann! I am doing my first triathlon through TNT and they give us a tri-suit, so I’m excited about that! It’s not the most flattering though (bright purple with Team in Traning all over it), but it will work for the race and practices. I am definitely going to invest in a tri-suit for my next tri (if i make it through this one!). Good luck and I hope everything works out!
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  26. Cicely
    August 3, 2011

    Do you think padding was necessary for a sprint tri? I have my first one in a few weeks and while I know the bike miles are short I am not a biker by ANY means!!

  27. Yolie @ Practising Wellness
    August 3, 2011

    Wow! The tri-suit looks so cool, and is so flattering! You look fantastic! πŸ™‚ I would have felt so uncomfortable about running in a sports bra and short shorts…I’m a bit shy like that, and would’ve been self conscious. I LOVE how you are rocking all your outfits! πŸ˜€ Did you get any funny stares running in your tri-suit? In England you would definitely have got a few curious looks – if I saw someone running in one I would be very impressed, and thought that they obviously meant business πŸ˜‰ xyx
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  28. April @ Marathons N Martinis
    August 3, 2011

    I like the tri suit! The only downside I can think of would be if you need to go to the restroom before or during the race – more to get on and off, but I’m sure it’s something you can get used to.

    I agree regarding the tri top/tri shorts combo being relatively unflattering. I was pretty upset looking at my photos from my recent sprint tri. The pictures were not.good. I will definitley explore other options for my future tris, so I’ll be curious how the one-piece works out for you.
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  29. Theodora
    August 3, 2011

    The tri short/tops combo is just awful. I felt so self-conscious in it. With that said, I did like my tri shorts. They’re DeSoto and they’re a medium length–not super long or super short.
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  30. SaraRM
    August 3, 2011

    I dont know anything about tri suits but it is most definitely very flattering on you!

  31. Mary
    August 3, 2011

    This is so funny that you post this today. Just last night I was looking at tri/bike shorts and sports bra combo to throw a tank over for my next sprint tri on Aug 13. It is sitting in the checkout box right now as I type. I am not sure what I am going to do yet regarding that purchase, but the price on your tri-suit is making me rethink my options. The padding for the bike is what I am looking for now. By the way, you totally rock going for the half iromnman!!! I hope to do one someday, too.

  32. Allyson
    August 3, 2011

    I would say do all your super long rides in that tri suit get used to the less padding. Once you build a tolerance (chaffing and other gross bike sores) you should be good. Training for my ironman I fouls that putting aquaphor “everywhere” helps more than you can imagine. $75 is an awesome deal, i lOve all zoot clothes.

    The only bad thing I have heard about 1 pieces is having tummy/bathroom issues.

  33. Jane @ Jane’s Addictions
    August 3, 2011

    Looking good in your new suit! I’m still figuring out what works well for running. Last week I wore my usual Nike dry fit t-shirt and Adidas capris and got really bad chaffing on the back of my thighs/glutes. I guess even when you think you’ve got a good outfit, things can turn on you.
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  34. Jane @ Jane’s Addictions
    August 3, 2011

    Looking good in your new suit! I’m still figuring out what works well for running. Last week I wore my usual Nike dry fit t-shirt and Adidas capris and got really bad chaffing on the back of my thighs/glutes. I guess even when you think you’ve got a good outfit, things can turn on you.
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  35. Donna D
    August 4, 2011

    After trial and error, I’ve finally wound up with:

    – DeSoto 400 mile shorts (great for both long rides as well as triathlon through swim-bike-run, I wore them on my MS150 ride and have done sprints and olympics in them, love them).
    – A Shock Absorber (either sports bra or swimsuit tank with built in sports bra)
    – A Zoot Tri Top with built in sport bra (yes I double up the bras, I hate bounce)

    I don’t like the single piece of clothing look or feel of a full tri suit.

    My question – what about socks? I am searching for a new great sock solution…

  36. Jess@atasteofconfidence
    August 4, 2011

    That suit looks nice! Love the built in bra
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