"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
Triathlon Gear: The Necessary, The Nice, and The Extravagant!
Dear Tri Babes,
Triathlons take a LOT of gear. This guide is intended to help you separate the ABSOLUTELY necessary from
the optional! Everything you need can be found through me OR at either Silverdale Cyclery OR at Poulsbo
Running. Both businesses sponsor us by offering Tri Babe Discounts during our training season!!!
DA*NIT!!! (These are the items that you MUST have. No exceptions! No excuses!)
Bike (Any old kind will do. Mountain & Hybrid bikes are great for beginners since they are more comfortable and
more stable. Speed demons will soon be asking Santa for a Road Bike. Divas will eventually insist upon a "Tri
Bike") All can be found at Silverdale Cyclery OR at Recycled Cycles in Seattle
Helmet (This MUST be ANSI approved. Silverdale Cyclery will provide you with lots of options AND a Tri Babe
Swim Goggles (This is NOT a time to get "cheap." Find a pair that fits your face. You know this by pressing
them to your face on dry land. If they hold suction for a few seconds, they fit you; if they pop off immediately,
they are trying to flee from you and you should let them!) If you are claustrophobic get clear ones; if you aren't
consider tinted ones. Poulsbo Running carries a great selection.
Swim Cap (Sorry. NOT optional. You MUST wear one in a triathlon and therefore MUST get used to them in
training. Besides, why would you resist? They keep your hair from getting dry and brittle. And, they provide
warmth!!! You will receive a complimentary one with your Tri Babe registration.
Running Shoes (Do NOT get cheap here!!!! Get thyself to Poulsbo Running, get custom fitted, and replace
every 200-500 miles.)
Bathing Suit (Remember that you'll probably be pulling shorts on over this at your triathlon, so get a form fitting
one. I don't care HOW you look in it!!! Poulsbo Running has great suits geared for triathletes.)
Sports Bra (In due time, you'll get an entire email on this issue alone. But, suffice it to say, your 5 year old
Sear's Special will NOT do! Check out the bras at Poulsbo Running or go on-line and check out Champion and
An extra Inner Tube which fits your bike tire, a CO2 Cartridge & Dispenser, and Tire
Levers These are the items you should have ON YOUR BIKE at all times just in case you get a flat tire. Even if
you aren't able to fix the flat yourself, at least you have the materials necessary to depend upon the kindness of
strangers! You can use duct tape to attaché these to your bike.
A means of carrying water on your bike (I prefer a simple cage mounted on my bike which holds a standard
water bottle. But, Silverdale Cyclery has LOTS of options! Hydration = Health = Happiness;)
Whatever . . . (These are optional but highly recommended items. You CAN successfully train and
comPLETE without them but they make the experience MUCH nicer and training more effective.)
Official Tri Babe Shirt (We have less expensive moisture wicking technical wear ones available OR very
affordable cotton Tee-Shirts. Show your Pink Pride AND make sure that all cars see YOU!!!! You purchase these
Tri Shorts (Any old sports shorts WILL do. But, a built in shammy is awfully nice to prevent pain and chafing on
the bike. You can get special Tri Babe printed Tri Shorts with a shammy from our www.epixgear.com store.)
Race belt (To attach your Bib number. I just can't abide safety pins!!!)
Wetsuit (If you CAN afford one, they are an immediate advantage. They force you to swim in a technically
effective position; they are a built in flotation device; and they keep the expletives to a minimum as you enter
cold water. Do NOT purchase one intended for surfing as it is bulky and NOT conducive to swimming. DO
purchase one that is "triathlon/swimming" specific. If you want more flexibility/less warmth go with a "Farmer
John" style; if you want more warmth and are not prone to claustrophobia, get a Full Sleeved style. No matter
what expect that they fit very snuggly and require a "get to know ya" period before you truly appreciate their
benefits. You will begin your relationship tempestuously and petulantly but once you come around, you will love
it truly and deeply and never go without! Oh . . . AND, they function as your own personal "Port a Pottie" before
races as well as immediate "Central Heating" at race start!!!
Odometer (To keep track of your bike mileage and average speed.)
"Bento Box" or Saddle Pack for carrying items on your bike (Like flat fixing tools, food, etc.)
Body Glide How will you use this? Oh . . . let me count the ways . . .
Bike Pump You should be pumping up your tires before each ride in order to ride more easily and efficiently.
Bike Chain Lubricant The more often you clean and lubricate your chain, the easier it is to pedal your bike!
WhatEVER!!! (If you've got some money to burn, have a "need for speed," AND/OR have a desperate
problem that needs to be solved, these items can help!)
Open Water Swim Goggles (Definitely preferred by contact wearers and the claustrophobic. If your goggles
are giving you a headache, give these a try. They are wider, cover more of the face, and give you greater visibility
in Open Water.)
Prescription Swim Goggles For those of you who truly cannot see without your glasses, you might consider
going to www.swimoutlet.com You simply give them your prescription numbers and they provide you with
goggles that allow you to leave behind the world of "Expressionism" and re-enter the world of "Realism." And,
they are priced pretty darn reasonable! And, the quality of the goggles themselves is pretty darn high!!!
Heart Rate Monitor
Tri Suit (For Speed Demons only who don't know the meaning of the phrase "body self consciousness." This is
a single unitard like outfit that you wear in all three events. It drastically reduces your "transition time" and
makes your body as aerodynamic as possible. I HAVE one but have not yet had the guts to wear it! If you want
one of these, let me know and I will make them available through www.epixgear.com)
Clip In Bike Pedals and Shoes
Biking Shorts These are more heavily padded than Tri Shorts. It is nice to have a pair for your individual bike
rides. Silverdale Cyclery can serve all your Bike short needs.