Gearing up for a triathlon means you have to prepare for three events – swimming, biking, and running. Preparation fuels performance so it is important that you are fully ready for this multisport race.
For veterans and beginners alike, one key to a successful race is to have the right gear. The transition for swim, bike, and running events can be a challenge. This means you have to put extra effort into packing your gear for the big day as well as your clothing and accessories that should be appropriate for all three events.
So, how do you get started on gearing up for a triathlon? Here’s a checklist that you can consider:
For triathlon, experts recommend investing in a body suit that you can use for all sporting events. In this way, you can save time in the transition area by not having to change into another set of clothes.. However, if you do not have a bodysuit, make sure you have a running/cycling top, and running/cycling shorts. Other essential accessories are your swimsuit, swim cap, goggles, towel, cycling helmet, cycling shoes, and running shoes
This is where you will put your gear and miscellaneous things that you will need during the race. It can include replacement gear, an additional pair of socks, sunscreen, energy bars, extra clothes, etc. It is best to organize it in a way for you to efficiently locate the things that you might need. Even better, create two transition bags, one for the bike and one for the run.
Of course, the most important thing to bring is your own hydration supply, especially for longer races. If you want more control over the amount of water and fluid you consume during the event, you should have a hydration pack with you. Consider two separate reservoirs too, one for water and the other for your electrolyte mix.
Figuring out what you think you might need and what you ultimately pack for the race might take some trial and error depending on some factors such as the landscape of the trail and the weather, but, above that, your sense of organization will help you focus more on the race itself and not on searching for your things in a messy bag.