For my first triathlon a friend of mine sent me this LONG list of things to bring. She found this comprehensive list in some website. I was overkill and it was not for a new triathlete like I was at the time. I ended up getting a fraction of what was on the list and I did fine!
As a newbie, you might not be ready to invest a lot of dollars on a high end bike or a tri kit. You might not even know if you will race a triathlon again. For my first race, I was on a budget and my goal simply was to finish within a respectable time. I did not want to go to crazy in the spending department.
Here I am sharing with you that same full list from my friend. I added checks so you can see what is truly necessary for your race. Some items on the list have no checks – these items are not necessary for everyone. You can decide to get item that are not checked. It is your choice – it all depends on your budget and how competitive you want to be.
This list could be SO MUCH longer. If you talk to serious competitive triathletes – they could easily double it. I left out the fancy gadgets such as GPS watch or and power meters. if you want to know more about those I could point you to triathlon specific blogs. This post meant for someone just coming into the sport so you have an idea what you will need versus what is nice to have.
Visit later for another blog post that will talk about these items in more detail.
|Super Sprint||Sprint||Olympic||Half Ironman|
|Pre-race sandals or other footwear|
|Wetsuit (if wetsuit legal race)|
|Antifog solution for goggles|
|Bodyglide (skin lubricant)|
|Extra contacts (if you wear them)|
|Hybrid or mountain bike|
|Road or Tri Bike|
|Water bottles (for frame cages) or hydration pack|
|Bag attached under seat or mounted on top tube|
|Spare tube or tubes (and/or patch kit)|
|Cyclist’s multi-tool (with Allen wrenches)|
|CO2 inflator (with cartridge) or minipump|
|Sunglasses or clear eye protection|
|Mirror (for handlebar or helmet)||may not be allowed|
|Jersey, T-shirt or tank top|
|Speed (elastic) laces|
|Cap or visor|
|Sunglasses (if different from cycling glasses)|
|Watch or heart rate monitor with chest strap|
|First-aid items (blister treatment, bandages)|
|Road ID!Medical info/emergency contact card|
|Baby wipes (for cleanups) or hand sanitizer|
|Race number and documents|
|Race belt (for number)|
|Performance beverages or drink mixes|
|Bike tire pressure gauge|
|Cash/credit card/photo ID|
|After-race clothing (insulation layers if cool)|
|Duffel (catch-all for loose gear)|
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