||Suit: See above
||Goggles: It will
make your life much easier. Protects your eyes and
allows for better vision and comfort when swimming.
Find a pair that fits your face correctly. A more
expensive goggle will feature greater adjustability,
better durability, increased field of vision and anti-glare/uv protection.
||Wetsuit: It will
keep you warm when the water is cool but most wear them
to increase buoyancy and speed. If you are doing any unsupervised
open water swimming, many will say these increase your
safety. Finding the proper fit is the key to buying a
wetsuit. As you go up in price there are a ton of
potential features including: increased flexibility in
key places, variable thickness, fast and secure zippers,
and a pull panel on the forearm. Don't believe it
if you're told you 'must have' a wet suit to participate
in triathlons. Just pick a race in which the water
warm enough to be comfortable without one.
||Cap: Keeps long hair
out of the way, preserves a little heat if the water is
cool, and increases your visibility to others (ie
lifeguards). They come in both silicone and
spandex versions and some are even more fitted to your
head. Most races supply a cap in your race
Bike: This is generally the most expensive and complex
piece of equipment required for the sport. For
that reason we have developed a separate
bike buyers guide.
Make sure it's CSA approved to provide the safety it is
principally designed for. Then it's mostly about
comfort - find one that fits well and has enough vents
to keep you cool. The more expensive helmets bring in
benefits such as more adjustments, lighter weight and
Firstly, you can use your running shoes;
no rules against that at all.
The advantage of a stiff soled cycling shoe over a
running shoe is that it
increases the amount of power transfer from your push to
the pedal, resulting in less wasted energy. As far
as cycling shoes go, like any form of footwear, comfort
is number one - make sure it fits well and provides
sufficient support to your feet. The venting of
the shoe is important to keep your foot cool and a light
weight shoe can obviously be advantageous. A more
expensive shoe will have additional features including
heel loops and reverse closures to help in transition,
and stronger and more durable materials.
Protect your eyes from both the sun and flying
objects like bugs
There's no rule to say you must have a water bottle
- there should be. Dehydration is extremely
dangerous. Carry water and sip regularly.
Tool Kit: Technical problems in a race or
training can mean a long walk home unless you have a
tool kit that includes materials to change a flat and do
basic mechanical repairs. Of course, many tempt
fate by not carrying one as it does add weight to the
||Cycle computer: It
helps you to monitor your training and racing by telling
you speed, distance and time. More expensive
models can include features such as cadence and power,
things that are very beneficial if you have the money
and understand their use.
||Shoes: Start by
choosing the right shop; one in which the salesperson
looks at your feet in motion and can properly determine
the level of support and cushioning you require.
Then it's all about fit - find the most comfortable shoe
in your price category. Breathability and
durability are additional considerations.
||Elastic Laces: Who
cares that they save you 5 seconds tying your shoes in
transition, the key benefit here is that they are often more comfortable
than traditional laces as they flex and give with the
yourself from the sun but make it a lightweight hat that
doesn't cause you to overheat.
||Fluid System: Some
like to play it safe and have their own supply of water
to supplement the aid stations. From water belts
to water bags with straws, there are lots of choices.