To commence your first triathlon training you’ll need some basic equipment. This equipment does’t have to be expensive and it can be borrowed to save money. There is an enormous amount of triathlon essentials, but this short list will give you the must haves to get started.
- swim suit, goggles and cap
- bike (road, mountain or stationary), cycling knicks, helmet and cycling shoes if you want to use clip pedals
- running shoes and run apparel
- Tri suit (for race day)
Every athlete has their own preferences to equipment and apparel. After trying many brands these are my recommendations and top picks.
My choice of swim wear is Funtika, Aquadiva or Speedo. Both Funtika and Aquadiva are small sizing so consider going up a size. For googles I use tinted Speedo Opals. For swim caps I use Vorgee silicone caps. Best choice for ladies with long hair as the cap won’t rip the hair when putting it on.
My choice of bike is Specialized and I wear Specialized cycling apparel. I wear Oakley or Bolle sunglasses when riding. Remember when starting out a simple road or mountain bike is suffice. I started with a second-hard Merida and had this for 2 years.
My choice of Tri suit is Scody for it’s comfort, durability and non chafing material.
You’ll need a training program
First, decide on the distance you’d like to train for. Find a program that provides easy to follow instructions. Expect to train at least twice per week for each discipline. Training sessions shouldn’t be any longer then 20 – 45 minutes at first. Tri Life coaching provide an extensive range of online and personalised programs. For the newbie tri #getmehome SPRINT or #getmehome OLYMPIC.
These programs are 12 weeks in duration and provide an enormous amount of supplementary material. Each program gives you equipment guidelines, nutritional advice, an understanding of the principles of training, an extensive glossary of terms and purpose driven, structured sessions.
Think about when you’ll train and where? Will you train early morning or after work in the evening. You’ll need to research training venues in your area. Look for a 50m or 25m pool for swim sets and if you don’t have a bike, research a gym where you can use a stationary bike. If you prefer to train indoors you may also want to rely on a treadmill for run sessions.
These helpful hints should have you hitting your first triathlon training session with confidence.