TRIATHLON SURVIVAL CHECKLIST

Just getting started in triathlon? This club sourced list of swim, bike, and run gear along with recovery and nutrition will help point you in the right direction.

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SWIM

BODYGLIDE

Why It's Great

"Use as wetsuit-putting-on-and-off lube, wetsuit anti-chafe, and running anti-chafe - all-in-one!"

Recommend by Ambassador S. Boudreau

STRETCH CORDS

Why It's Great

"Simulates swimming movements out of the water and isolates vital muscle groups. Great if you don't want to get in the cold water during the winter, but still want to get a 'swim' workout."

  • Get the Finis Dryland Stretch cords using THIS LINK.

Recommended by K. Ueda

MACK'S PILLOW SOFT EARPLUGS

Why It's Great

"Essential for open water swimming whether you are training or racing."

Recommended by J. Webb

Swim Bag with Wet & Dry Compartments

Why It's Great

"Large enough to hold your kickboard, towels, fins, goggles, extra clothes, shoes and whatever else you might need."

Recommended by M. Morgan

TRISLIDE Anti-Chafe Continuous Spray

Why It's Great

"Helps with getting wetsuit on and taking off in transition."

  • Get the TRISLIDE Anti-Chafe spray with THIS LINK.

Recommended by K. Ueda

Swim Changing Robe

Why It's Great

"Provides privacy to change on before or after a swim while staying relatively warm."

Recommended by M. Morgan

BIKE

DZNUTS Women's Bliss Chamois Cream

Why It's Great

"Prevents/reduces chafing while wearing bib shorts on the bike (comes in M/F specific)."

  • Get the DZNUTS Women's Bliss Chamois Cream with THIS LINK.

Recommended by H. Bates

Tacx 2T Indoor Trainer

Why It's Great

"An awesome way to get stronger in a time efficent manner. Easy to set up and great to use with structured workouts."

  • Get the Garmin TacX Neo 2T Smart Trainer with THIS LINK.

Recommended by M. Morgan

Bicycle Tire Pump

Why It's Great

"You'll need something to check your tire pressure frequently before rides. Sturdy and long lasting."

Recommended by M. Morgan

Portable Bicycle Tire Pump

Why It's Great

"Attaches to the frame of the bike and great for emergencies. Not as good as a floor pump, but is an excellent backup on the go."

Recommended by M. Morgan

Bike Multi-Tool

Why It's Great

"Portable and easy to fit into your bike bag. Has many of the tools to make adjustments and compatible with most bikes. "

Recommended by M. Morgan

RUN

GOODR POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

Why It's Great

"Polarized sunglasses that don't slip when you run, look cool and cost $25 so you don't freak when you scratch them."

Recommended by H. Bates

GARMIN FORERUNNER 945

Why It's Great

"A multisport watch with a heart rate monitor, bluetooth compatible with Zwift and stats out the wazoo...more than you'll know what to do with. This trusty watch goes with me everywhere."

This is the Tri Bundle version which comes with two separate chest strap heart rate monitors for better accuracy.

  • Get the Garmin Forerunner 945 Tri Bundle with THIS LINK.

The older generation of this watch, the Garmin Forerunner 935 is also an excellent choice with incredible battery life. It can do pretty much everything the 945 can, but lacks the ability to store music and the heart rate monitor doesn't connect to Zwift for indoor cycling.

Recommended by M. Morgan

Lock Laces - Elastic No Tie Shoelaces

Why It's Great

"Helps with a quick transition from bike to run, no lost time tying shoelaces."

Recommended by K. Ueda

Triathlon Race Belt Bib Holder

Why It's Great

"Attach bib pre-race and slip on after your ride - makes for a quick transition, no pinning or blood spilled. Can hold gels as well."

Recommended by K. Ueda

RECOVERY

TRIGGER POINT FOAM ROLLER

Why It's Great

"Helps with recovery and injury prevention before/after training or racing."

  • Get the Trigger Point Foam Roller with THIS LINK.

Recommended by E. Daugherty

JADE YOGA - HARMONY YOGA MAT

Why It's Great

"A high quality and grippy yoga mat. Made from durable, natural rubber and no odor. They have a great initiative to plant a tree for each mat purchased. I've had this mat for years..."

  • Get the Jade Yoga - Harmony Yoga Mat with THIS LINK.

Recommended by M. Morgan

NUTRITION

UCAN Energy Powder

Why It's Great

"Can take immediately before a run and no cramping or stomach issues"

  • All club members get 15% off at the UCAN online store. Discount link found on the SPONSORSHIP PAGE.

Recommend by Ambassador J. O'Brien

Salt Sticks

Why It's Great

"A quick way to get much needed salt back into your system, especially on hot days."

Recommend by M. Morgan

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