Given I'm a habitual procrastinator, for IMAZ, I'm trying to finalize plans as early as I can. I've even started a packing pile in the guest room, even though the race is still 5-weeks away. First item, a small ziplopc bag with one sock in it. I'm trying to be the best friend I have.
At the recent Austin Marathon Relays, Tune and Terry asked me about race wear. They wanted to know if I wore different gear for the bike and the run. My initial, reaction was no. I'd thought I would just swim in my typically tri race gear, add helmet, etc. for the bike and then just change shoes for the run and add a run hat. Well thats what I did for the Longest Day.
They were interested in shorts mostly I think(right guys?). I definately won't wear swim trunks, change into bike shorts, then change into something for the run. Some will do, but not me. I can certainly understand though why women would want to, they certainly have more to benefit from a good pair of cycling shorts.
I've made another decision though, I'm going to do the run in one sock. I never normally wear socks for racing, even up to half ironman. Currently if I wear a pair of socks, my left foot on the outside front blisters. Thats mostly a result of my new toe-strike run and the fact that my left foot still takes more impact than my right. If I run with no socks, anything over about 9-miles, then the stitching on the inside right foot arch starts rubbing on my foot, and I get blisters.
So the decision is, run with a right sock. I'll put the left sock in a small baggie and put it in one of the De Soto Forza tri shorts pockets. I have three pairs of these now, and I have to say, they are the best piece of triathlon kit I own, bar none. So, thats shorts and sock sorted out, if it rains I'll have a dry sock available anytime. Sweet!
(1) Yes, Roch is the race director for IMAZ