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Silly question I am sure, but still have not found a clear answer (I am sure there is more than one).

Due to my lack of swimming skills I have decided I would like to compete in a duathlon later in the season. One of the ones I am looking at is a 5k run/30k bike ride/5k run. My question is do people change in and out of running/cycling shorts during the race? I have heard that some wear their regular running or gym shorts if the length on the bike is not that long and I also heard that people buy some sort of triathlon shorts that have a pad similar to cycling shorts but thinner so that they can wear them while the run.

Any advice on what is normally done during these types of multiple sport events?

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I have always just used my normal cycling clothes. We have a local triathlon series, but instead of swimming it is kayaking, and I have never had a problem using my normal cycling stuff.
 

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Wear whats comfortable on a sprint like that, as you won't have time or a place to change. On my sprint tri, I wear my Speedos for the cycling and run, works fine...
 

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Tri shorts are the way to go, such as those sold by 2XU, Sugoi, Izumi, Zoot, etc. I personally like the Sugoi shorts, and they're only ~$50-60/pair (compared to $90ish for 2XU). I'm not sure how they are for swimming, as I stick to duathlons (I hate swimming), but I've had no problems with the pad interferring during the run legs nor it being too insignificant for the cycling legs.
 

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i wear the cycling shorts for the whole thing... I may throw a pair of shorts over the cycling shorts... depends on how i'm feeling that day.
 

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i'm a clydesdale at 222, trying to escape the category but probably never while due to my body type. But running in spandex only just seems weird to me so i usually throw on a short pair of shorts. To each his own. You should try a tri... after learning to swim better of course. They are a lot of fun.
 

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a prom dress will get you noticed and possibly in the newspaper. however, tri shorts work best for me because they have a much thinner chamois than bike shorts.
 

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I did a duathlon this last weekend - 2mi run / 11mi bike / 2mi run / 11 mi bike in just a pair of thin running shorts and started getting chaffing and soreness half way thru the 2nd bike. Next time, I'll either wear tri shorts or more likely non-padded lycra with relatively tight minimal gym shorts. I did about 2 of 3 hrs on the bike w/ the 2nd option w/out issue the week before including a lot of single leg work (I was w/ some people who were riding way too slow and casually for me). For a longer ride, I'd wear tri shorts. I prefer them over bike shorts any day anyway.
 
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