• Shoes – one or two pairs. I believe in alternating shoes every other workout. The compression on the soles takes some time to come back to its original state, plus you’ll sometimes be running in wet conditions so best to have a dry pair ready on the go!
  • Speed Laces – Stretchy elastic that lets you slip on your shoes in a flash – who has time to tie laces anyway?
  • Hat/Visor – Keeping cool and keeping sweat away from your eyes
  • Hydration – When you don’t have your spouse driving the car beside you in training (thanks, honey!), make sure you have proper fluids readily accessible. The best are the bottles you wear on your waist – do NOT hold a bottle in your hands (believe it or not that little weight can actually knock you off centre creating imbalances throughout your entire body).
  • Heart Rate Monitor – even when you perceive your effort as one thing your heart rate monitor will tell you what your body is ACTUALLY doing.
  • Tri-Shorts – The chamois pad in the shorts is not quite as big as true bike shorts allowing you to run off the bike easily. Although tempting to wear these in the pool to avoid buying a bathing suit, be warned – chlorine does eat through them.
  • Tri-Shirt – Wearing a form-fitted shirt allows you to be ready to transition on to the bike easily after coming out of the water and the tightness makes you more aerodynamic than if you wear a bulky, flappy shirt that is too big.
  • Body Glide – That chamois pad may not be enough to save your nether regions from friction. Body glide can help in training to minimize all that rubbing, and during a race it can help you slide out of your wetsuit faster!
  • Sunglasses – take care of those peepers and also serves as a good windshield for bugs during your bike!
  • Sunscreen – (see captain obvious).

Always test your equipment in training first before trying in a race.

By TRI-TRAIN Coach, Jason Hervey


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