"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
Please know that on March 27th and 28th, 2015, Silverdale Cyclery will have a HUGE SALE on all bikes.
So THAT is the day to get a new bike if you need one. Also, in May we WILL hold a "Gear Festival" at both
Silverdale Cyclery AND at Poulsbo Running so you can get discounts on ALL of these necessary and not
so necessary items. And, as always, 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 - even Mountain Bikes. Hybrid bikes are great for beginners or fearful riders
since they are more comfortable and more stable. Speed demons will soon be asking Santa or the Easter
Bunny 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
~ 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 Moving Comfort.)
~ 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 =
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 You have several choices here. We have really super cool, high quality,
sublimated printed Tri Tops available through our on-line store. Go to www.epixgear.com/custom/Kitsap to
view your options. Even if you do NOT purchase one, they are fun to see! If you ARE considering a
purchase, PLEASE use and trust their "fitting room" in order to figure out which size you should choose.
When measuring your chest, measure OVER your breasts not under them. When deciding whether you
want a Men's Style or Women's Style, realize that the Men's style has wider shoulders and a "boxier" fit. It
is also slightly longer proportionately. The women's style is sleeker fitting with more narrow, "cut,"
shoulders. It also has a built in shelf bra (which does not mean that you won't still need to wear a sports
bra underneath it! In no possible world are either options "loose fitting." They are intended to be "form
fitting" (aka "tight"). If you are not interested in this pricier, professional option, which is simultaneously
"totally worth it" and "comPLETEly not necessary," we DO have less expensive moisture wicking technical
wear shirts OR very affordable cotton Tee-Shirts available. Both of these less expensively priced option
have our Tri Babe artwork on them. But, regardless of whether you do or do not wish to "Fashion Show"
your Pink Pride, make sure you dress brightly so that all the cars can see YOU!!!!
~ 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/custom/Kitsap on-line store. These puppies are sa-weet!)
~ 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!!!)
~ Sports Watch
~ 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,
~ 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
~ Bike Chain Lubricant (The more often you clean and lubricate your chain, the easier it is to pedal
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 and Comfort Demons 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 insures that you will NOT receive the dreaded "Tri Tramp Stamp" sunburn on
your back. It also makes your body as aerodynamic as possible. It can single handedly can shave 1
minute off you time!!! So, if you measure success in minutes rather than hours, this is a MUST HAVE
item!!! I do HAVE one but have not yet had the guts to wear it in public! If you want one of these, you can
get an official and amazing Tri Babe Tri Suit through www.epixgear.com/custom/Kitsap)
~ Clip In Bike Pedals and Shoes
~ Biking Shorts/Bibs (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/Bib needs.)