One of the hardest sports to train for and compete in the triathlon. There are different distances and of course the longer they get the more it becomes just as much about endurance and proper preparation as it does about your efforts in each of the three stages, swimming, cycling and running. But the accomplishment, once you have achieved your first race, will make all the energy, time, training and commitment completely worth it. When you make that choice to enter your first triathlon you need to invest some money as well as some time. There are certain equipment and gear that you will need, you should have a good bike fit and it is also worth considering finding a coach. It can be one experienced with triathlons, or if you have an area that needs more focus than others, a coach for that stage, for example like a cycling coach, UK.

Requirements for the swim stage

Generally, for the swim, you are going to need a cap, nose clip, wet-suit or swimsuit (personal preference) and goggles. While you will want to train with a swim cap on, often the event organisers will have you wear a cap they provide. It can be a bright colour for safety reasons, might have a number on it to identify you and there might be different colours for different race categories.
If you choose to wear a wet-suit you need to get one specifically designed for triathlons, not a standard one worn when snorkelling or diving. The latter will restrict your movement as you swim and slow you down. Triathlons suits have more pliability in certain areas, can be sleeveless and have zippers in various places to make them easier to remove when you transition from the swum to the next stage.

Requirements for the cycle stage

Obviously, the main piece of equipment at this stage is your bike. A triathlon bike is like a road bike, but again there are differences and you should get a bike with a proper bike fit that is suited to triathlons. The main obvious difference is the aero-bars or tri-bars, as aerodynamics is an important part of the cycling leg of the race. They are meant to reduce the wind drag you might experience and there are also rests for the forearms of the rider. They mean that your elbows are closer to the body and it lowers you down more. Then the frame tubes on the bike are oval instead of round and the wheels can be carbon fibre or have fewer spokes. A cycling coach UK can help you with aerodynamics as a means to boost your speed. You also need the right clothing and a helmet.

Requirements for the run stage

The shoes you wear are specifically designed for triathlons and while they might be most used for the running stage, they are also optimized for better transitions. They are like cycling shoes with the binding cleat that clips to the pedals but there are differences. Padding is there so after the swim you can cycle in them and run in them with no socks on. They can also have holes in them to allow water to drain after the swim. Many come with one or two Velcro straps for quicker and easier fastening and unfastening.

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