Article brought to you by Battersea based triathlon retailer Zeevon
You’ve decided to go for it. You’ve decided to train for it. You’ve decided that THIS is the year that you are going to compete in and finish a triathlon.
Triathlons aren’t for wimps – a triathlon is a huge undertaking and not a small feat, so you should be proud of your goal to succeed in this milestone event of your life.
So now that you’ve decided to start training and you’re getting excited to take part in the race, you might not know what essential triathlon products you need to help make your race a success. We’ve compiled the necessities you need to come out on top!
Triathlon Shoes: When it comes to cycling, bulky, obstructive shoes will slow you down and get in the way. Sleek shoes, such as these Lake TX212 shoes are necessary. They are lightweight, comfortable, and are perfect for cycling. Look for shoes that are rated “top value” for triathlons or for shoes that are recommended by people that have competed previously in triathlons. Be sure to look for shoes that are form-fitting, breathable, and are fast drying. In addition, be sure they are easily removable with a strap or hook that allows for fast on/off transitions.
Goggles: The swimming portion of a triathlon requires strength and dedication, and goggles that leak or fog up can distort your vision, distract, and disorient you. So when you’re shopping for goggles, be sure that you find some like these Zoggs Phantom Elite Swimming Goggles that utilize curved lens technology that offers 180 degree undistorted peripheral views. In addition, be sure that the lenses use anti-fog technology, such as Fogbuster™, so you can swim longer without fog formation. The goggles should fit snugly, but not be uncomfortable, so adjustable straps made out of soft, durable materials like silicone can be a great option.
Tri-clothing:A triathlon is all about your strength and endurance, but if you’re being bogged down by clothing that is uncomfortable, heavy, or not breathable, your performance will suffer. Tri Suits with transfer dry fabric, direct-vent panels, and flatlock seams are durable and effective for beginning and more advanced triathlon participants. This type of outwear is lightweight, cool, and will keep you feeling dry throughout the duration of the race.
Triathlons require hours, months, and for some, years of training. In your training sessions, wear the triathlon gear that you have chosen. Test the products out. See if they are giving you the results you need. If not, shop around for something that does work. You should never try out new shoes or clothing the day of the race – you never know how it will feel until you break it in and use it. So, allow time for training in the gear to assure that you are comfortable and confident in it.
Completing this race requires mastering three disciplines: cycling, running, and swimming. But it also requires you to do your research when it comes to effective gear – you don’t want all of your hours of training to go to waste because you chose a poorly rated product or a product that doesn’t fit you correctly. Finding out what is comfortable and effective might take a little shopping, but it can be fun and exciting, giving you the thrill of knowing that the race is coming up.
Congratulations on your decision to complete a triathlon – you can do it! And with the right gear, you can do it WELL!