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In order to practice triathlon you need a wetsuit, a bicycle, a helmet and running gear.
This is the basic gear to take part in a triathlon competition. Everything else is necessary for additional speed, comfort and health. 

The pictures and prices of equipment that we offer can be found and ordered on our web shop.

SWIMMING

Swimming trunks or swimsuit - the material should be resistant towards chlorine.
Swimming cap - made out of rubber, cloth or silicon. Our club uses caps made of silicone.
Goggles - must fit with the shape of your face. When you push the goggles against your eye socket and the goggles do not stick, it’s relatively probable that they will not be water proof. 

You can also use equipment for additional comfort:
Nose piece - for people who don’t tolerate chlorine;
Lap counter - if you tend to miscount or if you are interested in your lap times.

You might also use during your trainings:
Pull buoy - improving your upper body and arms, it helps to keep a correct posture;
Swim paddles - to improve your natural feel for water and to develop upper body strength while swimming long distances;
Kick-board - for improving your technique and leg strength;
Swim-fins - to improve your technique and speed. 

CYCLING

Bicycle - the best option is a specific triathlon bicycle, although the most commonly used is just the ordinary road-racing bicycle.
Helmet is mandatory!
Cycling shoes - special shoes with automatic binding cleats that snap the shoes to the pedals. They increase the efficiency – with one leg you push down, while the other one is pulling the pedal. Take notice that before going on streets with such shoes, try them somewhere where there is no traffic, because unclipping needs some practice!
Pants - special padded cycling pants. Used mainly while practicing. 
Shirt - sports shirt made out of quick-drying materials.
Protective glasses - protect your eyes against bugs, strong winds, bright lights, rain and dirt. 
Gloves - protect your hands against cold and contusion. When you happen to fall, you also won’t damage your hands as much.

It takes some skill and experience to set up your bike. You may ask some of our more experienced members or a specialist at a bike shop for help. Most important is to set your saddle height correctly. The easiest way to ensure a correct position is to check that your leg is just straight when you push the pedal fully down. The handlebars should not be too far away, you shouldn’t stretch for it. If this is the case, you should consider a bicycle with a smaller frame or exchanging the extension for the handlebars to a smaller one.

Also check your clips under the shoes. They should be straight or rotated slightly inwards and, of course, they should be attached firmly.
Don’t forget, when you are cycling, your knees should move directly up and down, not in a circular motion. 

RUNNING

Running shoes - depending on the intensiveness it might be a good idea to have couple of pairs. Usually standard running shoes are used, but it is possible to buy special triathlon shoes which are easier to put on. 
Shirt - must be against your body, so it would dispose of sweat. 
Shorts - mostly skin-tight and either short or long pants, depending on the weather. It’s better to wear skin-tight pants while doing a general conditioning group training due to the simple fact that they are slightly more comfortable

COMPETITION EQUIPMENT

Before a competition always check that you have all the necessary equipment and that everything is in working order:

  • Outfit (trisuit, swimsuit or wetsuit, clothes for cycling and running);
  • Safety pins or anything else to attach your number;
  • Swimming cap and goggles;
  • Wetsuit, oil, towel for cleaning your feet and a shoe horn (if you use one);
  • For a longer distance you also need food (gels/bars);
  • Bicycle, helmet, glasses, shoes (and straps or something to adjust your shoes);
  • Running shoes and a hat.

RULES FOR CLOTHING IN WARM WEATHER

Wear a breathing and a light sports shirt. Thin sporting socks are necessary to avoid excessive sweating. It also useful to wear a cap against overheating.

RULES FOR CLOTHING IN WINTER OR COLD WEATHER

Compared to trainings in hot weather during the summertime, trainings in cold, moist and windy weather with a right outfit could be even more enjoyable. Use a warm and breathing long sleeved undershirt, a sports shirt and a wind resistant jacket on top of them while running in a chilly and humid weather. The jacket should provide some ventilation to avoid sweating and to keep your skin dry. You should also wear long pants. During a cold wintertime, you should also have some warm underwear. In addition, you could carry a warm fleece pullover or something similar which keeps you warm and breathes at the same time. On top of this warm layer it is necessary to have a wind resistant jacket. The best headgear is again made of material that breathes, being wind resistant at the same time. A hat that is too thick will be uncomfortable as your head will overheat. Also wear some long and warm underwear with wind protection and long running pants on top. 

WATER BOTTLES

A common rule is to drink approximately 1 liter of liquid per hour. If you drink too much the liquid will just flow through you (and it might want to be released on a very inconvenient time). Drinking too little can lead to dehydration. 
There’s one simple rule concerning water bottles to be kept on mind - wash after every use.
What to drink? There are a lot of options depending on the length and intensity of the training. Our trainers can certainly give you advice on different sports drinks. The easiest trick is to add some juice to the water for some flavour. 

 

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