I know that aerobars are faster.
I've tried aerobars in the past & I just can't get used to them. It just doesn't feel right. And plus, aerobars don't look right on the bike either.
So, what's a struggling triathlete supposed to do?
Slap on a pair of narrow bullhorns & ride'em cowboy/cowgirl.
There's something special & traditional about grabbing onto bullhorns as opposed to resting your elbows on the bike. Bullhorns just want you to crank & go.
So for tri's/TT, I get low, stretched out & narrow with my DYI (flipped & clipped) bullhorns. These bars are very narrow (less than 40 cm). My buddy calls them my "goat horns".
I do OK with this setup. I'm sure a wind tunnel test would tell me to go aero, but it wouldn't be the same.
Bullhorns are classics.
May be I'm just a traditionalist (actually I am), but whenever I watch an old film clip of a rider flying on a TT course with bullhorns, I say to myself, "man, that's cool."
Grab life by the horns as they say & enjoy the ride, especially as you pass a cramped up, hunched over triathlete.
Alternatively, riding some narrow track bars on the drops may also do the trick for you.