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1. A Training Plan
You need a plan, otherwise it’s not training, it’s just ‘working out’. Fortunately, many plans are available for free or at a low cost. Search for free training plans online by race distance and you’ll find numerous options. Be sure to compare a variety of plans and choose one that fits around your lifestyle- or that you’re willing to adapt your lifestyle for!
2. A Trisuit
One of the most important things to keep you moving comfortably during a triathlon is your kit. Triathlon clothing is specifically made to dry quickly, helping to reduce uncomfortable chafing and to stop you from getting cold. Triathlon shorts are made with a built-in pad that is engineered to offer protection on the bike, but isn’t bulky on the run. Whether you choose a one-piece or two-piece option, your trisuit is key!
3. Well-Fitting Goggles
Goggles aren’t a particularly expensive piece of kit, but they are certainly an important one. Leaky, ill-fitting goggles could easily turn a confident, enjoyable swim into a nightmare. If possible, try on goggles before you buy. The right fit means that they will stay on your face, even without the strap. And be sure that little things don’t bother you, like 3d mink Lashes makeup cosmetics touching the lens or an uncomfortable nose piece.
4. A Wetsuit
Unfortunately, if you plan on swimming in the open water in the UK, most races will require a wetsuit. Fortunately, there are companies that hire wetsuits for a week, a month or the entire triathlon season. In addition, if you like the wetsuit, most companies will apply the money that you’ve spent on hiring toward your wetsuit purchase.
5. A Bike
At many triathlons you will see bikes that cost more than a down payment on a new home. Do you need to take out a second mortgage to buy one before your first race? Of course not. You do need a bike, but it’s perfectly fine to ride the mountain bike or hybrid style that you may already have. As long as the bike isn’t fixed gear and it passes safety inspection (including having bar ends on your handlebars), it is triathlon-legal. Of course, once you’re triathlon-addicted, you may find yourself saving up for a shiny new model!
6. A Helmet
Not only is a helmet an important piece of safety equipment, the British Triathlon 3d mink Lashes makeup cosmetics requires that you wear one while racing. Use your head and buy a helmet that is lightweight and comfortable, but again, as long as it is safety-approved (look for the sticker), there’s no need to spend a lot.
7. For the Ladies… A Supportive, Fast-Drying Sports Bra
Most women know they need a good bra, but very few know how often they should be replaced and what to look for in a good sports bra.
For smaller cup sizes, a compression-style crop top is typically enough, even for triathlon racing. For larger-busted women, an encapsulating style (with separate cups) is recommended. Because encapsulating styles typically involve more fabric layers, quick-drying properties will be affected, but a good sports bra will use fabric to help minimise this.
In addition to quick-drying fabrics, look for flat seaming and quality elastic to help minimise chafing. Also wash sports bras at low temps and don’t tumble dry. Finally, replace often- experts recommend a new sports bra every time you replace your trainer (every 300-400 miles running).
8. Good Trainers
‘Good trainers’ does not necessarily mean expensive trainers. However, it is worth going to a speciality running 3d mink Lashes makeup cosmetics and having a knowledgeable sales associate help you. A speciality shop will look at your feet and should watch you run in the shoes to be sure that they are suitable for your running style. If the price tag comes up high, don’t be afraid to ask if there is a similar model at a lower price. Often manufacturers have a lower-end model with a similar last and features. But don’t compromise! What you wear on your feet will help to prevent injury and keep you running longer and stronger.
9. A Race Belt
This simple little gadget is a race day essential! An elasticated belt with snaps or ties to hold your race number, a race belt allows you to move your number from the back of your body (for cycling) to the front (for running), without having to deal with pinning and unpinning. Look for a flat buckle for comfort and easy snap or stopper attachments to keep your number securely fastened.
10. A Race Entry
Perhaps the most important thing you need for doing a triathlon is the actual race! Of course, even race entries can be quite expensive, so it’s worth budgeting in. Often smaller local races are less costly and offer a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, a plus for novices.
The list of items that are useful in a triathlon could go on forever, but many are optional add-ons that you can race (successfully!) without. Start with the big 10 listed here and once you’re hooked on triathlon (you will be!) add the optional extras and upgrade as you go along.
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