What kind of equip­ment do I need?

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION TRAINING -

THE “STARTER” PACK IN­CLUDES: a wet­suit (if you’ll be in cold wa­ter), gog­gles, a bike, run­ning shoes, a hel­met, tri shorts, a tri suit or some­thing you can com­fort­ably race in.

YOU DEF­I­NITELY DON’T NEED A TRI BIKE. In fact, I wouldn’t sug­gest most be­gin­ners get one. Bor­row a bike or use what you have. If you want to in­vest in a bike, I think get­ting a road bike is the way to go. It will be much more use­able in your day to day life. Wear­ing run­ning shoes on your bike is to­tally OK. It’s an ex­pen­sive sport if you let it be, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many shorter races that are geared to­wards be­gin­ners – find one that works for you.

GET A ROAD BIKE, WET­SUIT AND READ THE RULES. That’s all you need. The best thing that any­one has told me is not to worry about what other peo­ple are do­ing or wear­ing, fo­cus just on you. I did a sprint for my first triathlon to see if I would like it. It seemed fun.

YOU WANT TO FEEL COM­FORT­ABLE ON YOUR SAD­DLE. Com­fort­able miles are fast miles. Get a bike fit and spend enough time on the bike to know you can hold your form for the length of your ride.

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