Rocky M wrote:
What's funny about aero suits is how many wear them & then jack up the savings the suit provides by a crappy water bottles exchange during a race, or flubbing up clipping in pedals at T1.
You're looking at it wrong.
The suit makes up for the flubs, meaning it allows you to f up the water bottle exchange and still go as fast as if you hadn't.
Or: me in a speedsuit blowing a bottle transfer still finishes a couple minutes ahead of me in a regular jersey blowing a bottle transfer.
Let's face it, shit happens in races.
And who clips in to their pedals at T1?
Have you watched many races lately? Plenty run to the mount line & clip in. Not what I do, but most aren't practiced enough to safely do this.
Some races don't allow shoes to be clipped into pedals when leaving T1. I know I've had this happen in Kona at least a couple times where it wasn't allowed.
You've missed my point entirely. I've seen those wiggle into speedsuits in T1 only to lose tons of time when they could've used a regular suit & not have had the issue (pre-2016). Additionally, the basic skills athletes should work on are neglected too often but they look to spend $$ on suits to save seconds. Realizing of course, they're typically not put on correctly to save time (you've heard of wrinkles --especially the sleeves on the suit--creating drag I assume?) I know, I shouldn't assume.
You're right, shit happens. The aero suits unlikely "make up" for the flubs.
I'm talking sleeves aero suits--not the ITU style. Show the research, for example, an Oly race time savings, how a sleeved aero suit surpasses time lost by a crappy helmet or shoe clip in, or running to the wrong rack, or really bad wetsuit exit. I doubt you'll find any research on that but you get the point. If you put that suit on wrong,, someone in a regular jersey will blow right by you using your logic. The suits are not magical, contrary to what most want to think. Tim Reed is a good example where regular jersey guys aren't at the back.