Selecting Triathlon Gear

Athletes participating in a triathlon are required to complete all the three, starting with the swimming, then the cycling and last, but not least, the running, in the shortest possible time.

The triathlon requires the athletes to have optimal fitness levels in order to just complete the race, let alone to actually compete and place well.

Apart from physical fitness, athletes are also need to use the right kind of triathlon gear that helps them in staying even with if not getting ahead of the other athletes.

Athletes who want to succeed in a triathlon, not just finish, but actually compete, need to invest in the best triathlon gear available in the market.

However, selecting the best triathlon gear is not always an easy task due to the number of brands available. Most companies that manufacture triathlon gear claim that their products are the best, which often adds to the confusion.

In order to select the best triathlon gear, athletes need to look beyond brands and companies and invest in those products that suit their specific requirements.

The athletes may have more or less the same physical build but triathlon gear requirements often vary, depending on personal preferences and specifications of the athlete.

Swimming gear:

Equipment required for the swimming event of a triathlon includes goggles, a swimming suit and a wetsuit.

Although these may not seem essential to an amateur, successful professional athletes reveal that investing in the right equipment for swimming is as important as the gear both in cycling and running.

It makes a difference when it comes finishing and REALLY makes a difference if “winning” the triathlon is your plan.

Athletes opt for swimming gear that is scientifically designed to pose the least resistance to water and that includes the technology involved in today’s wetsuits.

Cycling gear:

In triathlons, and biathlons, the cycling leg requires an athlete to invest in a good bicycle, a helmet, clothing and cycling shoes, aero-bars, seat and peddles.

While selecting cycling gear, athletes need to make sure that these offer the least resistance to air. This will help in gaining those crucial seconds over their competitors.

There are specially designed bikes, but the key to being a good cyclist is NOT only about having a good, expensive bike, IT IS about working out, training, and being on the bike.

Running gear:

The running gear used in a triathlon includes running shoes and appropriate clothing.

Getting in the right running gear is necessary because athletes have to cover a distance that requires proper shoes.

If not, the athletes may have to deal with blisters, sores and even muscle sprains.