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Triathlon Shoes VS Road Cycling Shoes


(door squeaking) – Oh wow, did that hurt. (groaning)
Group ride this morning. Even the fast dude said that
that was the fastest ride we’d done all year.
(groaning) Last week, we had a fun
little shipment of goodies. Come on, and today, we’re gonna talk bout road shoes versus these new tri-shoes, well, all new tri-shoes,
and we’re gonna do that right after a 10 K brick run. Alright.
(upbeat music) That was awesome. So after that 47 K smash fest on the bike, went inside, got into the running gear, and that was a 10 K run at
4:20 per kilometer pace. Not exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to do 4:25 on the
nose, like that’s what I wanna run in the race and what I wanna do is without looking at the watch, just looking at the one kilometer splits, dial in that 4:25 per
kilometer pace by feel, and I had a hard time doing that. So the idea with what I
wanna do in Coeur d’Alene is basically build in a pace
so that when I’m running for five kilometers or so,
I’m going 4:25 per kilometer and then every five K
to take my nutrition, I power walk for about 30 seconds, bringing my average pace
down to around 4:30, ideally hitting the 1:35
or better half marathon, and the idea behind
that is that every time I take on the nutrition, I can do so without jacking my heart rate up, and I can kinda reset the body
and the neuromuscular system to run well for the next five K instead of just pounding it out and
slowly degrading my form. That’s the plan, at least. We will see. New on runners, the Cloud
Flows, they fast, review coming. Breakfast time, come back and
do this head to head match up. Alright, so let’s get
into road cycling shoes versus tri-shoes, and I’ll
also dabble just a little bit in mountain biking shoes. Road cycling shoes,
triathlon cycling shoes, essentially the same, but I would say that there are three differences. Now, the biggest difference
is that the closure system on road cycling shoes,
they’re more stable. So this is a ratchet
system mixed with Velcro and these Velcro straps are very dusty, but they’re very manual. These cycling shoes are meant to be put on while you’re at home, while
you’re sitting on the couch, while you’re in a controlled environment, whereas triathlon cycling shoes, if they were to have
that same closure system, when you hop on the bike, it’d be very difficult to get your foot in. There’s nothing about this that you can allow it to stay open,
so to end up getting this to open up to get your foot to slip in, you need probably two
hands or you’re working really hard to dig your foot in there. Now, with triathlon cycling
shoes, almost all of them have some sort of a system to keep
that entryway nice and open. A lot of them, when they
have a strap like this, it is a single strap so you’re
only pulling just one strap instead of multiple straps like this. And what a lot of them
have is a little tab. That little tab you take and
just locks it into place there. So you open up that system and
then it’s just sitting there waiting for you when you
clip these into your bike, so you just go,
(whistling) one lace, bam, done, you are locked in. Now, the next thing that’s different, and you may have seen a similar video that I did with this last year, but that was with a set of cycling shoes that I made a very serious faux pas in. They were my tri-shoes and
I had cut off this tab, because I was like, “Why in the world do you need a heel tab? That just looks silly.” With triathlon shoes, you wanna be able to put these on with one hand. And the next thing that’s
different between cycling shoes and triathlon cycling
shoes is the breathability. Because most triathlon cycling
shoes are worn without socks and there’s a really high
likelihood that out on the course people are spraying
themselves with a bottle, they’re sweating a lot, and
their feet need to be dry by the time they get onto the run so that they don’t cause
blisters on the run, they want all of that moisture to wick away as much as possible, so there tends to be a fair
bit more mesh and breathability on the top of the triathlon cycling shoe. These ones actually have
quite a bit more than normal, but there are a lot of road shoes that are just completely sealed up. You’re almost never gonna find that in a triathlon cycling shoe. What is also on some tri-cycling shoes are some vents on the bottom of the shoe so that you can get a little
bit of air in the bottom of the shoe and you can
get the water dripping out, but other than that, it
tends to be the same, tends to be the same type of foot bed. You look at both of these and see that they’re almost identical right down to even the groove in the middle, and these are from
different manufacturers. The profile tends to be the same. The amount of room in the
foot bed is about the same. It’s just that little bit of usability that’s specifically designed
for the couple of instances that triathletes have a
very dynamic environment when they’ve gotta put
their foot in this shoe, and some people have just suggested that you use mountain bike shoes and then run through transition. I don’t agree with that. For one reason, it’s going to
take even more fiddling around to get your foot locked in with this, and that’s the whole reason
triathlon shoes exist, because you’re losing time
while you’re fiddling around with getting your foot into that. You’re also gonna have
even less breathability that with this, because material
on the mountain bike shoes are so thick, and then finally, is it really that hard to run
through transition barefoot? It’s not, and some person last year said, “Well, hey, it’s so much faster, people who don’t do that are idiots.” Okay, if it were that much faster, every pro triathlete whose
livelihood depends on being as fast as possible would be doing that. Let’s use our heads
before we comment, okay? Now, bonus tip, let me tell ya
how to put these on your bike so that you can save
yourself a few seconds when you’re coming out of
transition one, alright? I’m actually gonna learn how to do this. So when you go into transition
to set up your bike, you’re obviously gonna
wanna clip in your shoes, but you don’t really just
want these dangling here, because as you’re coming
out of transition, you’re gonna have to time
it so that they come around and you can get your foot on top of it, and like just awful thing
here, they might get scuffed, so you don’t wanna do that. What you wanna do is grab yourself a very thin elastic band,
wrap it around the end loop in the triathlon shoes, and then pull it all the way back to somewhere. You might have to use two elastics, to somewhere along the
rear drive train, like so. Put that shoe in the open position, and then as you’re rolling along, it won’t be flipping around
and what’s gonna happen is when you put your foot
in there and start pedaling, this is gonna snap off and you’re good. So when you’re doing
that, you’re gonna have to experiment with different
lengths of elastics, different thicknesses, just
to get that right amount of holding itself up without snapping and without snapping the
elastic by pulling it too tight. So, there you go, Trainiacs. If you aren’t yet subscribed, hit that subscribe button below. If you are subscribed
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I think I’m gonna go inside where it’s air conditioned, alright? Later, Trainiacs.

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