Additional equipment that I helpful for swim training includes: Click on the link to go to website.
- Ear plugs: There are many different types but I prefer these. They stay in place and keep out most of the water. I started wearing ear plugs after I a few outer ear infections.
- Hand paddles: Hand paddles are a great way to give your arms some extra work (I recommend smaller sized paddles--yellow or green from TYR). They also help to improve your catch if you don't use the wrist strap.
- Swim fins: These are great for improving your kick. Other brands will work but make sure they are short fins.
- Tempo trainer: This little device is like a power meter for swimming. It has three different settings and helps you to keep your workouts consistent.
There are various brands of this equipment and the provided links are examples of what I use and there are less expensive options available. Most of these things are a personal preference. Additional biking equipment that is helpful includes:
- Biking gloves: I don't wear gloves during a race because it takes too much time to put them on but I do wear them when I am out for a ride. Helps improve grip when you sweat and can protect your hands incase of a fall.
- Biking shorts or bibs: Biking shorts improve your comfort. I like wearing bibs because the shoulder straps keep them from sliding down. Biking shorts are different (mainly in the size and shape of the chamois or pad) for men and women to account for anatomy differences. Example of women's shorts.
- Aero helmet: I have read many times that an aero helmet is the least expensive speed you can buy in triathlon. This is a purchase that I would make after several seasons of competition.
- Clip-less pedals: These pedals allow your shoes to clip to your pedals and allow for a more circular pedal stroke. I remember when I got my first pair of clip-less pedals, I was amazed at the difference they made. Pedals are one area were you can spend a lot of money so spend some time to find what you like and what is in your price range.
- Biking shoes: Biking shoes go with clip-less pedals. This is also an area where you can spend a lot of money so spend some time to find something that is comfortable. Cleats are screwed to the bottom of the shoes to match the type of pedal you have so make sure you purchase them at the same time. There is also a difference between triathlon cycling shoes and cycling shoes. The link above is to the triathlon shoes I use.
- Indoor bike trainer: This is a good investment if you don't want to ride in the rain, snow, or cold. You secure your bike to the trainer in front of the TV to watch a good movie and r
- Clip on aero bars: Many people do not want to purchase a different bike for triathlon and for road cycling. Clip on bars are a great option and can mount on any road bike to help you have a more aero position on your road bike. I recommend you work with someone who knows about bike fitting to help install your clip on bars to ensure you are in the correct position.
- Triathlon specific bike: A triathlon bike is not a necessity. The benefit is a triathlon bike puts you in a different riding position to help you maintain an aero position longer.
Running is a fairly simple sport in terms of equipment needs, so there are not many extras:
- Speed laces: You have tied your shoes many times and can do it without thinking. But tying your shoes after swimming is a different task. Speed laces allow you to slip on your shoes and have them be snug without laces. They are fairly inexpensive but well worth the money.
- Race number belt: Some people like to have their race number pinned onto the clothes they wear for both the bike and the run. I don't like wearing them on the swim or bike so I use a race number belt so I can quickly get my number on in transition for the run.
Equipment that is useful for multiple triathlon sports include:
- Triathlon specific top:
- Triathlon specific shorts:
- One piece tri suit:
- Watch/heart rate monitor:
- Transition bag:
- Tracking software: