Ironwoman Wednesday is a weekly linkup on a variety of triathlon-related topics (that will be announced the week before). It is similar to Tri Talk Tuesday that a few other bloggers started, but the more people talking about triathlon the better!
Gabi at Lean Green Island Girl, Michelle at Ironwoman Strong and I are all training for Ironman Louisville. It is really exciting (and encouraging) to be sharing this journey with these two amazing women!
Today's topic is gear!
When we started running, I bought the cheapest pair of Nike running shoes that I could find. They were not the best, but running CAN be relatively cheap if you want it to be. Triathlon, on the other hand, isn't really like that.
You need more than just a pair of running shoes to finish a triathlon. Granted, you don't need a $20,000 bike to finish a triathlon either. At a minimum this is what you need, in terms of gear, to finish a triathlon:
- Bathing suit
- Cap (usually provided by the race)
- Bike (any kind)
- Helmet (mandatory)
- Running shoes
Yes, that's it. You don't need a wetsuit to finish a triathlon, you don't need clipless pedals, you don't need an aero helmet, etc. You probably would also want shorts and a shirt, but that's up to you. And maybe a water bottle.
This was our second tri, but you get the point
Mike and I didn't have wetsuits for our first triathlon and we didn't have clipless pedals. We did have a bit more than that very minimal list, but we have increased the amount and quality of the gear that we have over the years. If you aren't sure that triathlon is your thing, or you are only going to do one or two sprint to Olympic distance triathlons a year, you don't need to feel like you are buying a car to be involved in this sport.
Of course I have watermelon gear!
Mike and I knew right away that we were going to be involved in triathlon for a long time, but it took us some time to get gear that we really love (and I still want a new helmet). As with everything, gear is individual and you find what best works for you. The following items are what I own and what work for me, for right now.
From this weekend's 80 mile ride
Garmin Forerunner 910xt
I don't own a tri suit (one piece), but that's a personal choice. I think it would be a pain to have to almost completely take it off to go to the bathroom before (and possibly during) a race. That's just me. I may look into getting one for our Ironman since the swim will be wetsuit illegal. I own a variety of brands of tri shorts and tops (and I have a pair of purely bike shorts), such as, Epix, Sugoi, 2XU, etc.
Mike and I just upgraded to the 910xt watches. They are great! You can swim with them in the water (and get data) and set it up for multi-sport mode to easily switch from one sport to another (and transitions) during a race or training. They were a great investment!
I've been wearing the same brand of goggles for a long, long time
Goggles - Speedo Vanquishers (women's)
Cap (most provided by a race)
Suits (Speedo brand) for training in the pool
Wetsuit - Zoot Z Force 2.0 Sleeveless
Helmet - Giro (I would like to upgrade to a better helmet)
Bike - Trek Speed Concept 7.0
Clipless pedals - Look Keo
Shoes - Bontrager RXL Hilo
Sunglasses - New Balance
Aero bottle - TorHans Aero 20
I also have bike shorts, as mentioned above, cycling jerseys and jackets for training. We will use bike trainers so that we can ride indoors during the winter.
Shoes - Saucony Mirage 3s (long distance), Saucony Kinvara 2s (short distance), Saucony Peregrine 3s (trail)
Bib Belt - SPIbelt
Water bottle - Nathan hand-held
In addition to all of that, I have numerous pairs of running tops, shorts, compression sleeves (calf and arm), compression socks, regular socks, etc. And since we live in Western New York, lots of winter running gear and night running gear.
It was freezing, but fun!
I am probably forgetting something, but that is the majority of my gear! Mike and I don't even have the same exact gear. He prefers a different brand of running shoe (and isn't as loyal as I am to a brand) and he has a Felt B12 tri bike. Mike also will wear a hat while running, but I don't.
It is a lot of gear, a lot of money (could be even more since we don't even get the most high-end stuff), but it is so worth it in my opinion!
Next week's topic is strength training!