The night before a race I gather up my triathlon kit like a little ritual to ensure I have all the essentials. Now depending on whether you are a beginner or pro there will be some differences (mainly in £££) but the bare essentials will be the same.
I have split this triathlon check list into 4 parts; swim, bike, run & transition area. I have indicated which ones are essential with a ✓ . I have substituted various items as I know when starting your first triathlon the amount of equipment you need can be daunting.
Please let me know if you have any questions #preparedtotri #justtri
|Goggles ✓||A bike ✓
This could be mountain, road or tri specific
There is always the option to rent a bike
||Race belt ✓
Or you can safety pin the number to your tri-suit (the number will be provided by the event)
|Swimming hat ✓
(this will be provided by the event but you’ll need one in training)
MANDATORY – Please always wear a helmet!
||Transition bag ✓
Or you could use a clear box/normal bag to put all your stuff in
Wetsuits can be rented
Wetsuits may be prohibited if the weather is too hot or mandatory if too cold this factors in distance
|Road shoes & socks ✓
If you want you can always wear your running trainers
To walk from transition to the swim start
| Tri-suit ✓
Option of a 1 piece or 2 piece – I am putting this down as an essential as although you could swim with a costume on it would mean cycling in it too as it’s normally against the rules to get fully naked 😉
Water Bottle/s ✓
I normally have an electrolyte tablet or two in mine
This is a saviour. Put some talc in your socks and they’re much easier to put on when your feet are wet
|Wetsuit socks or gloves
I am a wimp in the cold so I love my Blue Seventy swim socks
|Energy bars/Gels ✓
A handy tip is to tape these to your bike frame
To help you get that wetsuit off!