Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Two for Tuesday - Keeping Things Dry

Yes, TfT has returned because I actually thought of something helpful to post. Hang on, because things may get slippery when wet.

I raced the Mountaineer Half Iron Triathlon this past weekend and we got rained on. Starting with the second loop of the bike course we had a steady but never heavy rain. Everything was wet when I finished, except my bike. The transition area was under cover. More on the race when I complete the report. So I share these tips to keep things dry or help dry things out.

Newspaper
I had learned a ways back to stuff newspaper in my running shoes to help dry them out. I don't know what absorbing properties newspaper has but it works extremely well. Usually two "stuffings" of the shoes does the trick. I use this for both my running and bike shoes.

Swim Caps
When we arrived at Morgantown the truck in front of us had three bike in the bed with some colorful covers for the seats. I took a closer look to find out where this person got such cool seat covers.......old swim caps. Now why didn't I think of that. I have a whole bunch of swim caps from races that I never use otherwise. Yet I am taking it one step further.....cover the arm rests on the aero bars. Check out these pictures to see what I mean. Ignore the messy garage, my race number from Morgantown (116), you see part of my road and mountain bikes, but ignore the rest of the messy garage.
















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7 comments:

trifrog said...

Then why can't they keep my hair dry? ;)

Good tip!

Eric said...

trifrog....what hair?

greyhound said...

Dude, sersly. Its for real now. But all those gone days in the countdown timer have been replaced by huge deposits. I anticipate something special at Lake Placid.

qcmier said...

I do the newspaper thing a lot, only problem is I don't subscribe to a newspaper.

Thanks for the tip on the swim caps. I haven't found any other use for those caps.

Can't wait to hear about the awesome race you had in WVa.

TriSaraTops said...

25 days!??? Geez! How did that happen? Excited to hear the report from WVA!

Newspaper and old swim caps...now why didn't I think of that? As the Guinness commercial guys would say: "BRILLIANT!"

Cliff said...

Eric..smart man....

thanks for the tips.

Lana said...

Thanks for the tips...can't wait to hear about the race!