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Selecting The Best Triathlon Gear

Dec 19, 2006 |

I went swimming this morning, and Dan did swim with me. Right now I only need to train to get in shape, because I don’t plan to do my first triathlon for a little while. However, eventually I have to get triathlon gear. I just read the following article by Mike Herman about triathlon gear:

A triathlon is an athletic event that tests the athlete’s endurance in three separate sports – swimming, cycling and running.

Athletes participating in a triathlon are required to complete all the three, starting with the swimming, then the cycling and last, but not least, the running, in the shortest possible time.

The triathlon requires the athletes to have optimal fitness levels in order to just complete the race, let alone to actually compete and place well.

Apart from physical fitness, athletes are also need to use the right kind of triathlon gear that helps them in staying even with if not getting ahead of the other athletes.

Athletes who want to succeed in a triathlon, not just finish, but actually compete, need to invest in the best triathlon gear available in the market.

However, selecting the best triathlon gear is not always an easy task due to the number of brands available. Most companies that manufacture triathlon gear claim that their products are the best, which often adds to the confusion.

Looking Beyond Brands Of Triathlon Gear

In order to select the best triathlon gear, athletes need to look beyond brands and companies and invest in those products that suit their specific requirements.

The athletes may have more or less the same physical build but triathlon gear requirements often vary, depending on personal preferences and specifications of the athlete.

Swimming gear:

Equipment required for the swimming event of a triathlon includes goggles, a swimming suit and a wetsuit.

Although these may not seem essential to an amateur, successful professional athletes reveal that investing in the right equipment for swimming is as important as the gear both in cycling and running.

It makes a difference when it comes finishing and REALLY makes a difference if “winning” the triathlon is your plan.

Athletes opt for swimming gear that is scientifically designed to pose the least resistance to water and that includes the technology involved in todays wetsuits.

Cycling gear:

In triathlons, and biathlons, the cycling leg requires an athlete to invest in a good bicycle, a helmet, clothing and cycling shoes, aero-bars, seat and peddles.

While selecting cycling gear, athletes need to make sure that these offer the least resistance to air. This will help in gaining those crucial seconds over their competitors.

There are specially designed bikes, but the key to being a good cyclist is NOT only about having a good, expensive bike, IT IS about working out, training, and being on the bike.

Running gear:

The running gear used in a triathlon includes running shoes and appropriate clothing.

Getting in the right running gear is necessary because athletes have to cover a distance that requires proper shoes.

If not, the athletes may have to deal with blisters, sores and even muscle sprains.

Especially with running shoes, but also with swimming and cycling appearal and equippment, workout with the gear a number of times before racing with them. Never race with something that you are not used to training with.

All of this will provide you with a comfort level that ensures a well-earned race, or even a victory.

About The Author: Learn more about the best triathlon gear and triathlon racing and click on over to Mike Herman’s site Gear4Triathlons.com.

What do you think?

Posted in: Triathlon Gear

2 Responses

  1. Hi Scott,

    I am more than a bit of a geek, so I’ll admit that the gear do motivate me to get out the door and train sometime. :)

    I would suggest for each discipline in order of priority:

    A. Swim
    1. Goggles or swim mask – I find that swim masks work best for me in open water as the visibility here in Singapore waters is terrible. The swim mask reduces disorientation as it gives better visibility in murky water.
    2. Wetsuit – Not a consideration here in tropical Singapore, but this is probably the biggest factor in improving swim times if they are allowed.
    3. Swim aids – Again, in order of priority: Kick boards, hand paddles, fins – Helps improve swim stroke and allows me to isolate problem areas in my stroke (which are many).

    B. Bike
    1. Road or Tri Bike – In short, if you intend to use the bike only for Tri races/training, get a Tri Bike even though they cost more. If you also use the bike for road riding/races or do a lot of hills and technical courses (i.e. lots of turns), you may want to consider a road bike with clip-on aero bars (which is what I use)
    2. Tri Shorts – Critical. :)
    3. Bike or Tri shoes – If you can bike without socks, Tri shoes may be a better bet.

    C. Run
    1. Good pair of running shoes that fit your running gait.
    2. Dry Fit stuff. :)

    God Bless!