WHAT DO I WEAR?As we're only doing a very short distance pool race, there's no need to commit to buying a trisuit. A swimsuit, with shorts and a top for the cycle and run, will do just fine. But remember, you'll be putting on the clothes when you're wet, so make sure they're easy to pull on.
You'll probably also want to wear a sports bra underneath your swimsuit for support on the run. Choose a thin, quick-drying style so it doesn't soak up half the pool and drip throughout the rest of the race. You can find a more thorough guide on how to choose a sports bra for triathlon here.
If you're taking on a longer distance or are already planning your second race, it might be a good idea to get a trisuit. Trigirl, one of the Triathlon Pink partners and maker of brilliant triathlon kit, have a great range of one-piece and two-piece suits. You can find more information on how to choose a trisuit here.
Here's a simple kit list and where each bit needs to go when you're setting up:
You'll need to wear these items for the first part of the race.
- Sports bra
- Swim hat
You'll need to lay these items out in the transition area before you start your race.
- Towel (After your swim, stand on your towel to dry your feet. This will also mark out your transition area, so bring a bright one so you can spot your place easily.)
- Shorts and top (if you're not wearing a trisuit)
- Shoes and socks
- Race number (either pre-pinned to your top or attached to a racebelt)
- Drink (transition gives you a chance to hydrate)
Unless you have bike shoes and need to put trainers on, then tack your bike up, take your helmet off and run...!
AM I CRAZY?
Probably, yes. But it's a special type of crazy that makes you challenge yourself with not one, not two but three sports because one just wasn't enough!