Making The Leap To Off-Road Triathlon

  • By Kim McDonald
  • Published Jan 24, 2013
  • Updated Dec 30, 2014 at 9:04 AM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen/Xterra

Wear full-fingered cycling gloves

While I discovered that the swim in an Xterra is no different than in road triathlons, the off-road course demanded extra gear in transition. Glavin told me to take the time in T1 to put on full-fingered gloves—and I’m glad I did. Not only did they help warm my numb fingers after the cold swim, they also made shifting easier and protected my hands when I fell off my bike. I also wore a compression top for warmth and protection from possible crashes.

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