A triathlon consists of three races—swimming, cycling, and running—of various distances as one continual race. When one section ends, competitors immediately transition into the next race. Triathlon competitors must train diligently for weeks to perform at their best. Not to mention, if you want to do a triathlon, you must account for the essential triathlon gear to have. This equipment will ensure optimal performance during each race to give you the best opportunity to win.
Naturally, you’ll need a bicycle for the triathlon. It’s one of the main events, after all. The type of bike you purchase depends on your budget. Mid-range bikes are the most cost-effective, but there are more expensive options that give you faster speeds and aerodynamics. Remember to purchase some bike shoes, too, for better handling.
Similarly, you should purchase good-quality running shoes for the race’s running portion. Good running shoes should provide a balance between comfort and stability. When you hit the pavement, your heel to toe impact should feel natural and smooth. Be sure to purchase shoes that fit well to your foot.
A piece that’s fundamental to the triathlon is a wetsuit. This will increase buoyancy and reduce drag so that you move faster in the water. There are many different types of wetsuits available, such as one-piece or two with or without sleeves, so keep these various options in mind. Look for triathlon-specific suits, as these are often lighter and more water-resistant than normal wetsuits.
These are minor but equally important pieces to help during your swim. Goggles allow you to swim with your eyes open and reduce glare and brightness. You should find a pair of goggles that have anti-fog technology to ensure clarity throughout the race. Additionally, you should look for a swim cap. These cover the hair on your head to keep them out of the swimmer’s face and reduce drag. Most of the time, race organizers provide these, but if you bring your own make sure it’s silicone as this is a thick and durable material.
Your water bottle should fit into your bicycle, but there are triathlon-specific bottles available. These have straws for hands-free drinking and quick refill. Also, while the race organizers may provide food, you can store energy gels or bars in your clothes or tape it to your bike for on-the-go snacking.