Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Triathlon Tools

One of the biggest differences I have noticed between Running vs Triathlon is all the Gear. Triathlon is a whole other beast and race day requires next-level organization. And to be honest, I am a complete noob, so I am just working on figuring it all out.

Last year when I tried triathlon, I really just pieced things together. I borrowed a bike from Christina (aka The Athletarian). I borrowed a wet-suit from my cousin. And the only thing I had that was actually my own  was a pair of speed laces and a my Moomotion Tri-Suit. But since Muskoka 70.3 is my major race event this year, I thought this year would be the year to start investing in some things.

So I have slowly (to space out the cost) but surely been accumulating Tri Gear for my upcoming race.
This is what I have put together so far...


1. Mizuno Lightning 2 Day Pack - So this is technically one of Mizuno's Volleyball bags, but I think it will work pretty well as a transition bag. It is really big and has a separate pocket in the bottom for wet gear post-race.
2. Mizuno Wave Hitogami - Last year I did most of my running in the Sayonaras - which I still love. But the Hitogami might be creeping up as my new favourites. They have a really nice tailored fit and they are really light (which I am hoping will help my tired legs when I get off the bike).
3. Speedo Goggles - I have had these for awhile, and I have no idea what kind they are, but they work.
4. 2XU G:2 Compression Tri Suit - Yep, I bought a one piece. And I am not entirely convinced I can pull it off, but a lot triathletes recommended the one-piece for the longer tri-distance because the fit is less likely to shift around and cause chaffing.
5. Giro Petra Cycling Shoes - Despite being completely terrified, I am trying to clip-in this year. Not 100% sure how that is going to go at this point, as I am hopelessly clumsy, but I am going to try.
6. SunSki Canada Polarized Sunglasses 
7. 2XU A:1 Active Wetsuit - This is a big change. I was sweating like crazy just trying to get this thing on, and it is heavy-duty with lots of neoprene and special water channels. Not sure if this will help my performance, but I know at the very least it will keep me warm when I brave the chilly Canadian waters in a few weeks.
8. Bontrager Solstice Helmet - I actually bought this last year, and it seemed to do the trick. Although it is clear I need it more now that I am clipping in (4 falls so far and counting)
9. 2 Towels - Use one to put my gear on, and one to dry off after the swim.
10. Lotus Sport Bra - During my first triathlon I tried to use the built in bra, but I did not find that very comfortable (particularly on the Run portion). So I will be prepared this time. I really love the way these bras fit, just enough support without swishing everything.
11. Reflective Race Number Belt - I found this was definitely necessary for easy transitions.

For all of you Triathlon-Regulars am I missing anything important? 
Any tips for prepping my transition area?

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

21 comments:

  1. The wetsuit is KEY!!! I have a 2xU wetsuit that is about 7 years old and I LOVE it. Best $700 I ever spent. It will definitely help you swim more efficiently in open water. For cycling shoes, if you decide to keep doing triathlons, I would invest in a tri specific pair. Tri shoes generally have one large velcro strap that goes across the top of the shoe. So much easier / faster to get on and off. I wrote a post on transitions last year and included a pic of how I set up my transition space: http://blistersandblacktoenails.blogspot.ca/2013/06/triathlon-101-transitions.html

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  2. P.S. I LOVE the Hitogamis as well! I wanted to use them for my 70.3 but they don't offer me enough support so I'm sticking with the Sayonaras.

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  3. Great stuff! The only things I see missing are related to hydration/nutrition - I don't see any water bottles or a bento box etc. for your bike for nutrition.

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    1. Yeah I am still working on the nutrition side of things... I have 2 bottle and a bento box on my bike, but I am not sure what I want to use for fuel yet. I am in the experimentation phase!

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  4. I would get speed laces for your shoes. I run more then a tri and I have speed laces on all my running shoes. The Nathan Lock Laces work great and comes in most colors; http://www.nathansports.com/gear/performance-gear/lock-laces%E2%84%A2. Make sure you have an extra pair of swim goggles that you like. At some point, you'll need to replace your current pair and it might be tricky to find something that works/fit.

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    1. OOOH good call. I think you are 2 pairs of goggle would be a good idea!!

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  5. This is a great post & great comments! I'm doing my first tri in July. It's just a mini - 200 yard swim, 12 mile bike & 2 mile run but there's still a lot to learn! I've borrowed a bike but am considering investing in my own because I'm really enjoying riding. What type of bike did you get? I don't want to spend a ton but I want something decent.

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  6. I'd love to do a tri but first need to swim better and I would have to buy SO much stuff!

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  7. Great list! I would add an extra pair of socks. For a 70.3 a fresh pair post bike (assuming you wear socks on the bike, not everyone does) might keep blistering down. Mini-first aid pack for blisters or scrapes that come up if an aide tent isn't handy?

    You're right, there is SO MUCH more to consider for tri than for running. I am most definitely with you in noob-dom :)

    I'm still working on saving for a bike and getting a tri-suit. First need to pop this baby out so I can work on pouring myself back into one (eep).

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  8. TELL me about it. All the gear Scott needs is just ridiculous. There's 5 (or 6. I lost count) bikes in our garage and he's talking about incorporating ANOTHER one into our home. The gear he needs when competing is just overwhelming to me. He's not competing in any races soon, so I'm out of the loop as to what he needs to bring, so I can't comment on what you're missing - if anything. But yay omg I'm so excited for you!

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  9. you know i am giddy just looking at all these, right? but yes, so much stuff! haha

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  10. I have done 2 tri's. On the second one I carried all my gear to transition in a plastic milk crate. I flipped in over in transition and it made it easier to change my shoes, etc.

    I need to brave clips. I haven't done it yet.

    Good Luck!

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  11. Great post, and thank you for making me review the stuff I'll be bringing to my duathlon in June! I read in my duathlon/triathlon newbie research this month that some triathletes bring empty tupperware containers with them to put water in so that you can rinse your feet post-swim. That way you avoid having sand in your shoes/socks while you bike and run. I agree with you - SO much stuff to remember. I'm sure you will get it all together though - you still have lots of time!

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  12. I am thinking of doing my first sprint tri this summer...and I have no idea where to start! I'll have to bookmark this list to remember it. I'm nervous because I'm not a strong swimmer at all, but I lik ethe challenge of conquering a new race :)

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  13. Sunscreen, my dear, you'll need sunscreen too! I'm not sure how you've been getting into your wetsuit, but you might try plastic bags (if you haven't already).

    When wrangling arm 1 into the sleeve, place a plastic grocery bag on your hand & slide in. Repeat for other arm & both feet. This technique helped me a ton. Your race might also have "strippers" that will help you get out of your wetsuit after the swim. Knowing what's available (or not) will help to ease your transition-related anxiety.

    Good luck!

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  14. Making a list works :) Lovin' the colour coordination by the way!

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  15. This is a great post! Pink is also a great colour :) I will have to pick your brain when I finally go after my first triathlon one of these upcoming years. I cannot believe you're so close to doing your 70.3!! I love your posts, they are always so interesting!

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  16. I love reading about all your tri training.

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  17. lace locks are great! So excited for you!

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  18. Listen to you. A FEW WEEKS!!! I am so excited for you.

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