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Socks or no socks for the 70.3 and Ironman run?

No socks for 70.3, socks for Ironman run.
 
Transcript: "I'd say no socks for 70.3, and socks for an Ironman run. I just have always kind of done no socks because of my ITU days, and a quick transition in a half Ironman could be 20 or 30 seconds. And I've actually been able to create some gaps that have helped me win races and separate from people in a half Ironman because of going no socks and having a faster transition. But I think in an Ironman, it's just too long of a day to not wear socks."
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Ben Kanute

🇺🇸 Short/Med - Olympian, Multi IM 70.3 Champ
I'd say no socks for 70.3, and socks for an Ironman run. I just have always kind of done no socks because of my ITU days, and a quick transition in a half Ironman could be 20 or 30 seconds. And I've actually been able to create some gaps that have helped me win races and separate from people in a half Ironman because of going no socks and having a faster transition. But I think in an Ironman, it's just too long of a day to not wear socks.
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Tim Don

🇬🇧 4x World Champion, Olympian, IM Champ
Always sucks for the five to ten seconds. It takes extra guaranteed. No blisters. No foot chafing. No Robin. It is a no brainer recently. Oceanside 2022. Holly Lawrence had an amazing race, but my gosh, one of her shoes had change color by the end of the Run Red raw, you do that, except get that occasional freak. Athlete, who has got a know like elephant feet. And I don't mean large at all. But I mean, the skin must be so rough. Cuz they just get away with it. They never ever use socks. But yeah, as an app if you're an amateur there put socks on even if you ride in socks, maybe even put fresh socks on so they're nice and dry and ready. But yeah, sucks all the way 70.3 and an Ironman.
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Craig Alexander

🇦🇺 Long - 5 x World Champion, Coach
Hello. Again, Melanie. I think that's a very personal question. It depends on I guess your feet and how durable they are and the climate that you're racing in. And also the kind of shoes that you wear for, for a lot of years. I was racing in the Newtons, and they didn't have a lot of rough surfaces or stitching inside the shoe. So I could often do 70.3 races without socks and really suffer. No ill effects. I would tend to go with the sock. So if it was a Sort of a hot humid climate where your foot might slide around in the shoe for me. Those are the conditions where if I was going to get a blister. I was at risk of getting one in those sorts of conditions. So the really hot humid races like Saint Croix or any race that I would do in Thailand or Mexico. I would tend to opt for the Sox, but for the rest, you know, I could go without socks. And yeah, for me, there was no difference in Comfort or I didn't have a preference. One with the other eye was all usually about speeding transition. So yeah didn't didn't like to put the socks on unless I had to but in some of those races and those clients that I mentioned. I thought it was a necessity. So good question. Thank you.
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Laura Siddall

🇬🇧 Long - Multiple Ironman/70.3 Champion
Melanie. So, I tend for half distance. I don't do socks normally but a full distance, I will do socks. Now that also depends on the weather. So for recent half distance, it was a bit colder weather. So I did actually put socks in T1 out of the swim and I put socks on after the swim and that was more of a trying to keep my feet a little bit warm warmer on the bike and then heading on to the run. But normally for a half distance, I wouldn't wear socks on the bike. And I probably, Not wear socks on the run but for a full distance, I will put socks on on the bike and then I will definitely put a socks on for the run. I've done, put a fresh pair of socks in transition, just in case. In case it's been wet and rainy. And I just want a fresh pair of socks on for that to start the marathon. Maybe sometimes I bought a new pair of socks and special needs as well in case the weather's like that. I've never used them but they're always there so predominantly no sucks of 70.3 unless it's particularly cold. Day. And then, but yes, Ox further for the bike and the Run for the full distance.
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Jodie Swallow

🇬🇧 Short/Med - Olympian, 3x World Champion
Hi Melanie, I didn't used to wear socks with 70.3 because I come from an Olympic distance background, and I couldn't spare the time in transition. I Might have worn them like in races where my feet were not in great shape. I'm like with blisters from previous 70.3 is and I did suffer from blood blisters. It was just a, it was just a sacrifice. I wouldn't make and suffer with in order to go a little bit faster and T2 because it's there were they were big differences in third second and first for me and I didn't want to sacrifice any Advantage that I'd forgotten on the swim and the bike. And I actually I did wear socks for Ironman in the majority of times, but I actually don't like socks. So, I used to wear somebody something called a socony conveyor, which is quite a soft shoe. And with a very low Drop almost Barefoot, like and I still enjoy bare feet, running types of shoes, but I felt like I could get more grip without socks. So the my best coner that I did when I came for fourth, I didn't wear socks. And my feet were because in Coney get sprayed by water and stuff. They did get sore but I am glad I didn't put them on because I do feel that it improved. My run in terms of heat dissipation and also my grip on the road couldn't do that now, but when I was a bit slightly Bonkers, it was good for me.
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Emma Pallant-Browne

🇬🇧 Multi 70.3 🥇, 2x World Champ Duathlete
So I am of the no Sox team. Yeah, I think just I've always since I was a runner done track races and everything without socks. I just feel like I trained in stocks and then I feel like when I take off the socks, I'm in race mode. So yeah, I'd say I think a lot of guys are like that with their haircuts. Always shaving their legs. They're like, yeah, they train a little bit rougher and then they get their race car. And for me that feels like my race card is. Pop off those socks and and I'm ready to race. So yeah, I'm definitely and I guess it saves a bit of time and I don't tend to blister too much. I think my feet have been pretty rough and up through the years of running as a kid. So I'm no socks.