In a triathlon you’ve got two choices for getting into your biking shoes after you finish your swim; 1) put them on in the transition area, or 2) already have them clipped onto your pedals, and when you jump on your bike and start pedaling then you can work your feet into them and make sure they’re secure. There are pros and cons to each method, and I don’t know which is best so I’m looking for input.
The pros of putting them on in the transition area is that once you get on your bike you’re ready to go. There’s no fiddling with your shoes, trying to get your feet in and then reaching down to get the straps right–you can stand up and get moving fast.
On the other hand, if it’s a long distance from your spot to the area where you can mount your bike you might get there faster if you’re running in bare feet vs. bike shoes.
But then again, if you’re running in your bare feet you risk stubbing a toe, stepping on something you don’t want to, etc.
My preference is to put my shoes on at my spot and run out of the transition area with them on. I think I can run just as fast with the shoes on as in bare feet, and it reduces the risk of any transition-area foot or toe injury that might be a liability on the bike or run. And then of course I can get off to a fast start once I mount my bike. But I’m not entirely convinced that’s the best way, because I’m a newcomer to the sport and all sorts of experienced people seem to be doing things differently. So what’s your take on it?