necessary gear needed to start your triathlon journey
required Triathlon gear
Here's a generalized list of your basic triathlon gear that would allow you to train and prepare for your journey.
1. Triathlon Suit: These suits have a small cycling pad that dries quickly after the swim, provides comfort on the bike (seat) and used for running off the bike. You can choose between a one- or two-piece suit. You can start with riding shorts if you are on a budget, then you can upgrade to a full suit.
2. Goggles: Any, as long as they fit. Our recommendation is two goggles, one for lighter conditions and a tinted one for bright, sunny days.
3. Swim Cap: The cheapest item, but necessary for a smooth swim.
4. Wet-suit: Any wetsuit will provide extra buoyancy and insulate you from cold water. Triathlon-specific wetsuits offer even more freedom of movement while swimming.
5- Swimsuit for women, jammers for men: For pool swimming.
6. Road Bike: Ditching your mountain bike in favor of skinny tires is one of the best ways to drop minutes off your time. Clip-on pedals are a must and aerobars (if you buy a road bike Vs a Tri Bike) are an easy upgrade for extra comfort and speed.
7. Bike Shoes: Tri shoes are our recommendation rather than road-bike shoes. they are quick-action in transitions and lighter to put on and remove. Velcro straps are faster than laces and ratcheted straps.
8. Helmet: A mid- to upper-range road helmet is usually more aerodynamic and has more vents for comfort and built to protect your precious brain!
9. cycling glasses: you need the wrap-around that won't slip off while you're biking or running. They are needed for more than just the cool look: They protect your eyes from flying debris, bugs, insect bites, allergens, and dust! Plus they block UV rays and wind. We bet You didn't think of that, did you?
10- Running Shoes, shorts, shirt: (easiest of the bunch)
11- Water/Nutrition Bottle:
12- Cycling and running Nutrition: We will go over that in detail when you sign up.
Patch Kit, Tire Levers and Some races provide support on the bike course, some don't. Being able to fix a flat without waiting for a sag wagon can add some peace of mind.
Cycling Gloves: They aren't necessary, but they can make the bike leg more comfortable.
Socks: If you're concerned about blisters, take the time to put on socks for the bike and run.
Race Number Belt: These elastic belts allow you attach your bib number around your waist for faster transitions.
Lubricant: Petroleum jelly or products like body glide stops chafing and hot spots before they start. Especially good for longer races.
Hat: For protection from the sun during the run.