thm, help a "friend" out?
Hmmm!!! Well in the spirit of tri....!!!
Go for trisuit - only go for tri top and shorts if you have great abs!! Never had PI stuff personally but good make by all accounts. And black shorts (a must) to save the post swim adjustments/modesty!!
Race belts are actually a good idea IMO. Pin 2 numbers back to back to stop flapping. Remember to swivvel so that they are back for ride and front (again save the need for personal adjustments!) for the run. Stop you snagging your nice new trisuit as well.
Some kind of lubricant is a must IMO. Buy bodyglide if you must but vaseline (well washed after) and or Boots KY gel work pretty well. I think the worry about oil based lubricants is overdone and just a ploy to get you to buy bodyglide type stuff (which smells awful IMO). Lube you neck ( v well), your arms and your legs - it will make getting wettie off so much easier and stop painful rubbing. Another tip for getting wettie on before you start, put arms and legs in a plastic bag and they slip through easily. Much easier that struggling to get (hopefully) v tight, dry wettie on. Oh and have a pee early and before you put your wettie on. The next one wont be before you get in the water - and then look for all the weird smiles on everyone's faces!!!
Forget socks for the ride or the run - vaseline round the edges of the shoe and lots of talc to absorb the moisture. I would recommend elastic laces/lace ties - all about a few quid and will save you as much time (sorry needed to edit this) as a few £k on the TT/aero bike BS (again IMO!!!).
Practice getting your wettie on and off and other aspects of transition beforehand. Have a bright towel or mat (easy to see in transition melee - i use an old karrimat as it stands out a mile) and lay stuff out carefully (your HR will be up and you will be a little panicked first time out). Keep it all simple laid out and in order - helmet and glasses (?) ready on the bike etc.
Oh and dont forget to "accidently" spill some of you talc (from the shoes) around your place in transition. Makes is much easy to see when you are rushing around transition!!
Above all - enjoy "my friend" !!!
p.s. ignore the abuse and cat calls when you try your tri suit on your local ride for the first time!!!!