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.