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2013-10-27 5:42 PM

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Suzanne Atkinson posted a link to this in a Facebook group.  It made me smile, and thought I'd share...

http://www.psychowyco.com/id74.html

I'll confess that I'm guilty of enforcing these rules on myself.  

 



2013-10-27 6:08 PM
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I have intentionally dug out sprint and super sprint shirts to wear to HIM races after reading that.

I've got a 14.06 shirt for a couple years they've done the race (.24 mile swim, 11.2 mile bike, 2.62 mile run) and I bought extras just to wear for OLY, HIM and I wore it to B2B full a few years ago

2013-10-27 6:09 PM
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What's the penalty for breaking Rule #1 and #10?  I wear a shirt from the 2008 IM in Kona all the time (not a finisher shirt).

2013-10-27 6:20 PM
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Awesome! New rules to live by.
2013-10-27 6:33 PM
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after throwing away 90% of my race shirts, i'd like to create a list of "designing a good race shirt" rules for RDs.  i'm not in danger of breaking these rules cause I rarely ever want to wear my race shirts!

 

starting with - have a women's fit.  no women's fit - automatically out.  (for me, that is!)

2013-10-27 6:43 PM
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Originally posted by DanielG I have intentionally dug out sprint and super sprint shirts to wear to HIM races after reading that. I've got a 14.06 shirt for a couple years they've done the race (.24 mile swim, 11.2 mile bike, 2.62 mile run) and I bought extras just to wear for OLY, HIM and I wore it to B2B full a few years ago

thats awesome, i was thinking i should start doing the same thing for any HIM's i do next year after reading that



2013-10-27 7:23 PM
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I have a couple of race shirts from races that I DNFed at.  I don't wear them out in public, they are relegated to work around the house.That beingsaid, I love to wear my volunteer shirts as I always have stories to tell about them!

2013-10-27 8:19 PM
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yup.  those rules are about right

2013-10-27 8:36 PM
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These rules can spare the embarrassment of innocent bystanders too. The other night, we went to a neighborhood kids' Halloween party. A teenager was wearing a sweatshirt from the 2008 Megatransect, a beast of a trail marathon here in PA. No way did he run it, he would have been too young 5 years ago. But I see it and reflexively ask: "the Mega! Wow, did you do it or someone in your family?" He said no. He didn't know who did. So now, suddenly I am operating under the assumption he got this from a thrift shop or clothes swap donation at a local church and I feel like a tool. Afraid of pushing into embarrassing territory, I just dropped it.

So yeah, rules exist for a reason.

2013-10-27 9:58 PM
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Originally posted by mehaner

after throwing away 90% of my race shirts, i'd like to create a list of "designing a good race shirt" rules for RDs.  i'm not in danger of breaking these rules cause I rarely ever want to wear my race shirts!

 

starting with - have a women's fit.  no women's fit - automatically out.  (for me, that is!)

For the small (~350 participants) race I ran. i offered a women's fit shirt one year. We have about 35% female participants, only about half of those ordered the women's style. Of those, about half complained that the shirts were too small, even though we had a link to the manufacturer's size chart on the registration page. Most of those complaining the shirt was too small admitted that they didn't check the size chart.

All this is apropos of nothing, except that you're never going to please everyone. 

2013-10-28 12:00 AM
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Originally posted by DanielG


I've got a 14.06 shirt for a couple years they've done the race (.24 mile swim, 11.2 mile bike, 2.62 mile run) and I bought extras just to wear for OLY, HIM and I wore it to B2B full a few years ago




I want to do this race in the worst way.


2013-10-28 6:03 AM
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Originally posted by mehaner

after throwing away 90% of my race shirts, i'd like to create a list of "designing a good race shirt" rules for RDs.  i'm not in danger of breaking these rules cause I rarely ever want to wear my race shirts!

 

starting with - have a women's fit.  no women's fit - automatically out.  (for me, that is!)




I agree that most are pretty ugly and ill fitting (even for guys). But they are also generally technical T's nowadays and therefore not really the kind of thing I wear out anyway. I wear most as base layers for hiking or while working out (mostly running).

Due to my inability to throw things out, I am doing my very best to wear some of these things out. But darn it, they seem durable.
2013-10-28 12:16 PM
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Originally posted by mehaner

after throwing away 90% of my race shirts, i'd like to create a list of "designing a good race shirt" rules for RDs.  i'm not in danger of breaking these rules cause I rarely ever want to wear my race shirts!

 

starting with - have a women's fit.  no women's fit - automatically out.  (for me, that is!)




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2013-10-28 12:40 PM
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I always pull out my Douglasville Tri shirt for IM check in.

It's a bright Yellow shirt with the distances 200 yd/10 mile bike/5k run proudly displayed on it. Sponsored by the Kiwanis club.

Best thing ever.
2013-10-28 1:26 PM
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Originally posted by Marvarnett I always pull out my Douglasville Tri shirt for IM check in. It's a bright Yellow shirt with the distances 200 yd/10 mile bike/5k run proudly displayed on it. Sponsored by the Kiwanis club. Best thing ever.

That's pretty funny.  I hope you don't mind, but I think I'm going to steal that idea.

 

2013-10-28 1:41 PM
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Originally posted by cjhild
Originally posted by DanielG I've got a 14.06 shirt for a couple years they've done the race (.24 mile swim, 11.2 mile bike, 2.62 mile run) and I bought extras just to wear for OLY, HIM and I wore it to B2B full a few years ago
I want to do this race in the worst way.

X2!!!!   



2013-10-28 1:47 PM
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There is a triathlon every year in Iowa that is put on by long-time family owned business in Okoboji.  His shirts are the absolute best.  He has men's and women's cuts.  He orders a ton of them.  At packet pick up you go to his store (clothing store) and you can try on your shirt to make sure it fits.  He put's no sponsors on the back of his shirt.  They are all on the race material, but not the shirt.

I've done the race 3 times and he does a complete and total re-design of the shirt every year. 

Obviously it's the exception rather than the norm, but they are awesome.

 

One question for the general masses......  Is it appropriate to wear a non-event specific 140.6 shirt even if you have not done one yet?  explanation: I saw a guy at a restaurant with a shirt with just a big 140.6 on the front and asked him which one he did.  His response was "I didn't do an Ironman.  I just liked the shirt."  Since there was not a specific race associtated to it, I felt like I did not have a good "Nu Uh!  You need to do the distance to wear the shirt" grounds to stand on.

 

 

2013-10-28 3:29 PM
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In 2012 I did a 1/2 mary that also had a full mary but they only produced one shirt which listed the full..

I LOVE the shirt but after the 2nd time being asked how my marathon went I started to get frustrated with the RD putting me in such a position!!!

2013-10-28 3:34 PM
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Originally posted by mehaner

after throwing away 90% of my race shirts, i'd like to create a list of "designing a good race shirt" rules for RDs.  i'm not in danger of breaking these rules cause I rarely ever want to wear my race shirts!

 

starting with - have a women's fit.  no women's fit - automatically out.  (for me, that is!)

Step 1:  Don't bother with offering shirts.

 

 

 

I going to find some old Marlboro shirts and wear those.

2013-10-28 3:49 PM
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Originally posted by axteraa

What's the penalty for breaking Rule #1 and #10?  I wear a shirt from the 2008 IM in Kona all the time (not a finisher shirt).




You have to do 20 burpees every time you put the shirt on and take it off.
2013-10-28 3:55 PM
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Subject: RE: Race Shirt Etiquette
Originally posted by mehaner

after throwing away 90% of my race shirts, i'd like to create a list of "designing a good race shirt" rules for RDs.  i'm not in danger of breaking these rules cause I rarely ever want to wear my race shirts!

 

starting with - have a women's fit.  no women's fit - automatically out.  (for me, that is!)




OMG I crab about this every chance I get to any RD who will listen!!

I chuck every "unisex" shirt I get into a pile because I'll never wear them. Someday I hope to have a quilt made out of them so at least I can say I did something productive with them.


2013-10-28 4:24 PM
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Originally posted by axteraa

What's the penalty for breaking Rule #1 and #10?  I wear a shirt from the 2008 IM in Kona all the time (not a finisher shirt).

You have to do 20 burpees every time you put the shirt on and take it off.

That's great advice, Jason...more Crossfit will guarantee he qualifies and finishes Kona with ease next year, so he'll be able to wear a Kona Finisher shirt with pride!

 



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2013-10-28 8:23 PM
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I will wear what ever I want but when asked I will be honest... its just a shirt
2013-10-29 8:25 AM
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Originally posted by simpsonbo I will wear what ever I want but when asked I will be honest... its just a shirt

Exactly.  I have DNS'd several races but still picked up my swag bag and got my shirt or hat or whatever.  I paid for it so I'm going to wear it.  If someone asks, "How did you like the Florida 70.3 race in 2010 (which was one of my many DNS races)?"  I'd respond, "I had fun with my family at Disney.  The racers looked miserable though." 

2013-10-29 8:56 AM
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I pick my shirt according to color matching and fit. That's all.
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