Race start temp Sunday is forecasted to be 52 degrees, rising to about 60 degrees at the finish.
Now, on the swim, it's a fullsuit. On the run, I'll be happy in either my one-piece race suit or shorts and a sleeveless tri top.
But, the bike throws everything off. If I just wear the race suit or shorts/top, I'll be freakin' cold on the bike. Generally speaking, I like to be hot and I tend to be cold. If I were just out for a casual ride at 52 degrees, I'd probably have on leg warmers, a long-sleeve jersey and probably a light sleeveless shirt under it. In a skimpy tri-suit, wet from the swim, I will freeze my arse off, even while hammering.
So, two options appear, but both have downsides. I could put something on in T1. A short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, another tri top. The problem here is that putting clothing on in T1 is both A) time consuming and B) pretty difficult. Ever try sliding arms warmers over salt-water wet arms? Nearly impossible. Jerseys just kind of roll up instead of sliding on. I've always taken this option in cool weather races, and have always been frustrated standing in T1 wrestling with my clothing.
So, second option is to put the extra clothing on before the race and wear it under my wetsuit. The problem here is that I'm worried this will make swimming difficult. Has anyone tried this? I haven't. Can you wear arms warmers under a wetsuit without difficult? A short-sleeve jersey? Does that extra fabric constrict range of motion? Does it chafe?
Outside of my bike, my running shoes are my favorite things. Inside my bike, it's too cramped to run.