While talking to other triathlete women in the transition area at my last triathlon it had become pretty clear to me that I'm not the only one who is concerned about looking good.
There were three other triathletes next to me while I prepared my "T" area and we were chatting lightly about the day and what we were wearing. One of the women mentioned, rather glumly, that she was wearing the same race outfit that she had worn in her last triathlon. I immediately responded to her comment because I, that day, was also wearing my same race outfit from REV3 and could feel her pain.
My race outfits are really important to me. Maybe more important than to others. Maybe it's because I studied fashion merchandise for four years and have a keen eye for what's in and what's out. At least I used to be trained in that capacity.
When I buy a racing outfit it must be unlike all of my training outfits. Good quality, very pretty, and fits like a charm. The first time I wear a new outfit is the best. I feel fresh and cool. Ready for the day. Confident. Clothes can have a huge effect on your attitude. The second time I wear that outfit, it's still cool but not as exciting. I feel a little dull as if I'm wearing something that has gone through the washer and has lost some of it's color. The third time I adorn these outfits is usually the last time these outfits will see a race. By then the outfit has become, well, comfortable. Not exciting. Duller than last time and well, just boring. Nothing special.
I try to get at least 3 races out of each RACE outfit. The outfit you see here has appeared at three triathlons this season and thus matured and demoted to training outfit.
Our question of the day had become how many time is it acceptable to race in the same outfit for the fashion conscious triathlete?
Of course there are no real answer to this question. Everyone will have a different opinion. Some people on a team do not even have the luxury of picking out their clothing. How do they deal?
Do you wear that special outfit in only 1 race, 2 races, 1 Season?
For Timberman I have a nice new outfit that is totally different than anything I have ever worn. I went with a little less textile and a little more skin in the hopes of motivating myself to really tone up the core. Watch out!!
How many races do you allow your special race outfits to appear at before they become your newest training ensemble?