Hello Friends! Its been a crazy week but I’m popping in to share my beginner triathlon gear. I’ve gotten lots of questions lately and want to have a place I can direct everyone. Please note that Triathlon gear can get very expensive, I recommend building your selection slowly and waiting for the right price and option for you! Also, any products listed are not sponsored.
- Wetsuit! I bought the Xterra sleeveless, make sure you check on availability before you purchase as I had a long wait for mine to ship.
- Most transition areas are not private and if you chose to wear a wetsuit you will strip it off in front of everyone. I definitely saw women running (and biking) in one piece swim suits, but that seems painful to me.
- I would recommend a sports bra and shorts for beginners, make sure you swim in them at least once to be sure they fit properly.
- I love everything about my MooMotion Tri Suit. I won it through a giveway, but am purchasing a second pair of shorts as I love them and can’t find a decent pair of women’s tri shorts anywhere else.
Goggles: I haven’t experimented with goggles enough to give advice at this point. I bought non-tinted and have been loving them, until last week when I had trouble sighting in the afternoon sun. I just picked up a tinted pair and I’ll see how they differ.
- If you are looking to buy a bike, first go to a bike shop and get a proper fit, learn what size you will be, then start searching Craigs list!
- What kind of bike you buy depends on your goals. I think I will max out at a Half Ironman, so I purchased a road bike. If you want more freedom, pick a hybrid. If you want to be triathlon specific, then you can jump into those more expensive wheels.
Helmet: Most races require a helmet, at this moment I’m using an older one, but I will eventually upgrade to a newer model.
Sunglasses: Biking at high speed usually means bugs to the face. I have a pair of polarized sunglasses that I bought on super sale at Sunglass Hut. They have lots of rubber on the sides which mean they won’t slip.
- If you are already a runner or fairly active you probably already have a pair. The run portion of a sprint triathlon is usually under 5 miles, which means this is an easy spot to save some money, if you already have shoes, use what you have!
Do you have any gear recommendations for me?