To get through the race, you need not only mental toughness but a wide variety of equipment, clothing, and other essential items that might not seem obvious from the outset. Here’s the triathlon gear you’ll need, plus some training/racing tips that I’ve learned in my years as a triathlete:
Triathlon Gear & Equipment
Participating in triathlons requires a certain amount of gear and equipment. Here's what you need to know before you buy cycling gear, running gear, and swimming gear. Plus, some little-known secrets about triathlon gear & equipment from an avid triathlete.
A rundown of the most popular triathlon watches, plus tips for buying your first triathlon watch. Here’s what you should be looking for in a sports watch.
Running can be expensive. Shoes, registration fees, headlamps, tents, fuel & hydration items, running gear & apparel – it all adds up! Here are 5 great buys
For timed ultramarathons you’ll need a tent as a personal staging area during the race. Here’s how to pick a tent for your trail running gear & support crew.
Ultra running shoes tend to fall into 2 categories: minimalist or maximalist. Here are some things to think about before choosing the best shoes for you.
Ready to ditch the running shoes for a better option? Here are the 3 best minimalist running shoes that give you the barefoot running experience while protecting your soles.
Running shoes with toes or barefoot shoes make sense for runners. But minimalist running shoes are best when you’re making the transition to natural running.
Do you have an opinion about barefoot running? Have you experimented with barefoot running? I do barefoot running at a YMCA soccer field. Here’s the scoop behind athletes running barefoot.
It appears there’s enough ammo for any triathlete to at least experiment with compression socks to see if they are beneficial. Here are the most popular compression socks used by triathletes.
Triathletes spend countless training hours swimming laps and covering many miles by bike and foot. Listening to music makes triathlon training more enjoyable and may even give you a slight training edge! You probably already listen to music while you bike and run. Why not listen to music while you swim?
Here are the pros and cons of speedsuits compared to wetsuits — to help you determine if you need a speedsuit for triathlon events or not. Plus, the top 11 speedsuits and what makes each speedsuit different from the rest.
I’ve learned firsthand that these are some simple ways to save big bucks on gear, equipment, events, and other things that triathletes typically spend a lot of money on.
There is a lot of gear you have to pack and carry to a triathlon. With the exception of your bike and the few items stored in your saddle bag, all the rest has to be packed in something. You could cram everything into 2 or 3 different bags, or you could purchase a triathlon gear bag that compartmentalizes it all for you.
Here are some tips to help you prepare your triathlon bike for the upcoming triathlon season. Tips include: how to change a flat tire, how to clean your bike and lube your bike chain, how to tune-up your bike, and other basic bike maintenance tips.
Here are a few of the latest high-tech bike gear options for triathletes, including: triathlon bikes, triathlon shoes, cycling socks, LED bike lights, Lace locks for shoelaces, and gel bottles for cyclists.
A critical time for re-fueling is on the bike, and you need a good way to carry all of your nutrition and hydration supplies. Here are some ways to carry those items with you on the bike…
What if I told you that using a power meter could help you reach the performance level you desire in half the time you would spend training without it? It’s going to cost you on the front end, but the investment may prove quite worthwhile, even more economical in the long run.
Whether you’re a triathlete yourself or you know a triathlete and would like to get them a gift… here are some gift ideas for triathletes in a variety of different price ranges. Everything from the traditional must-haves to some outside-the-box ideas that triathletes will love!
Here are some obstacles to outdoor cycling training, as well as your best options for cycling throughout the cold winter months. Then, all the best cycling gear you’ll need for winter biking is highlighted.
Here are some guidelines for choosing cold weather swim gear, plus tips for cold water swim training.
There are so many options to running shoes. The main thing is choosing a shoe that is right for your unique needs as a runner. Here’s how to determine your running stride, and what type of feet you have. Plus where to look for your next pair of triathlon running shoes
Triathletes invest a lot of time determining the brand of bike to purchase, the correct bike fit, the bike’s components, and the right tires for your triathlon bike. Plus, a new bike obviously comes with a seat, yet typically people don’t really question or investigate whether their bike seat is the best bike seat for them. Mistake! Here’s what to look for in a bike seat or bike saddle for triathlons.
In a nutshell, a triathlon bike has incorporated changes to a typical road bike that make it lighter and more aerodynamic. You can make some of these changes to your road bike by adding aero bars and aero wheels. This may be step one as you get started in the sport of triathlon. After you move past the exploration phase and decide to continue doing triathlons, I would encourage you to purchase a triathlon-specific bike.
Here are some unique ideas for triathlon gifts for that special triathlete in your life. Plus, tips for picking out the perfect triathlon gift, based on your triathlete’s personal goals and interests.
A person could easily spend in the thousands of dollars for a year of triathlon training and triathlon events. What follows are some ideas on cutting tri costs.
Along with cycling shorts, it’s a good idea to have a couple of cycling jerseys. Other bike stuff that would be nice to have: a wireless bike computer, bike rack for your car, bike chain, bike lock, water bottles, aero bars, a bike light, a way to store your bike, an indoor trainer, and a mirror.
Cycling shoes and clipless pedals allow your feet to be secured into the pedals, so your pedaling motion can utilize both the downward push of your quads and the upward pull of your hamstring. Here is some advice for using clipless pedals for the first time.
As far as cycling gear goes, there are the Must-Haves, things that are A Good Idea, and items that Would Be Nice. The most basic necessities for all cyclists fall under the Must Have category and they are all covered here.
The longest leg in every triathlon is cycling, which means you’re going to be spending a lot of time training on a bike. Biking, compared to swimming and running, also involves the most gear. The first thing you need is a bike, and there is a LOT to consider. Do you want a road bike or a triathlon bike? What about new vs used? Here are some tips for buying your first triathlon bike.