Socks? No socks?

As the race season approaches, are you ready to do a race without any socks? Andreas Boecherer offers a quick and easy tip to help you get your feet ready for race season.

| April 13, 2018 | TRAINING

The triathlon season is getting closer, which is why today's #Triday is more race-specific. Today I'll talk about socks.

I usually bike and run barefoot in my shoes during the race - especially over shorter distances. In a long-distance race it's probably worth taking the extra few seconds to get some socks on - at least for the run - but in sprint- and standard-distance races those few seconds can make all the difference. In order to avoid pressure points or blisters, I gradually get used to my cycling and running in my competition shoes without socks.

The best way to avoid running into issues is slowly do more and more training without socks. Toughening up your feet to be able to handle that can take a bit of time, though. That's why, when I am starting out, I bring some socks with me - especially when I'm running.

Keep it simple - bring a pair of socks along with you so you can put them on if you start to feel blisters developing.

Keep it simple - bring a pair of socks along with you so you can put them on if you start to feel blisters developing.

As soon as I feel things start to become unpleasant, whether it be the start of a blister or chafing, it's easy to just stop and put on the socks immediately, preventing things from getting worse. This way I can react quickly and stay clear of worse issues that might stop me from training for a while. Just like a training program, I am gradually building up my ability to get through a race without socks.