This is the year you’ve decided to jump into triathlons!  Unfortunately, it is easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to making sure you have all the gear to start training for and racing triathlons.  These suggestions are the absolute BARE MINIMUM you need to get started in your new journey.


  • Suit (or triathlon kit)
  • Cap – if you have long hair, you absolutely need a cap. Almost all races will issue you a cap, but for you guys (or ladies) who don’t technically “need” a cap to swim, it is good for you to get one to practice swimming with it on.  You don’t want to experience swimming with a cap on for your first time on race day.
  • Goggles – goggles are a very individual thing. What works for one person may not work for the next.  Try several different pair and make sure you find a pair that fits your face well and is comfortable for you.
  • Wetsuit – this is OPTIONAL, however, if you are swimming in water that is 70 degrees or less, you should seriously consider investing in a wetsuit.


  • You need a bike (how’s that for a no-brainer?). It does NOT have to be a fancy triathlon or road bike, just get one that is in good working condition.
  • Helmet – no compromising here, guys. You should wear a helmet at ALL TIMES on the bike, even if you are just taking it around the block to make sure the brakes aren’t rubbing and there is enough air in the tires.  It’s a safety thing.  Just do it.
  • Shoes – they can be running shoes or cycling shoes. Please do not ride your bike barefoot!
  • Socks – again, not really required, but nice to have and unless you are shooting for a podium spot, you might wish to put socks on.


  • Running shoes – these can be the same shoes you used on the bike if you do not have cycling shoes.
  • Hat/visor – this is OPTIONAL, however, if it is sunny out or you want to keep any hair out of your face, this is a good idea. If you are someone who…hmmm…maybe is lacking hair on your head, it’s a good idea to wear a hat to prevent any sunburn.

Now, there are a TON of other things you can buy that will help you, but these are the bare minimum.  The great thing is that you can just start with the minimum.  Each year, buy something new or upgrade what you have.  If you have any questions about gear, what you need, what you don’t or have any training questions, feel free to contact me.

Until next week!

Train Right, Tri Right,

Coach MJ


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