Equipment to get you started

To get started in triathlon, you can actually get away with minimal equipment, if you have swimmers, goggles, bike, helmet and runners then you can get started straight away! So don’t let equipment stand in your way, grab your gear and get along to a training session! There really is NO excuse not to get started!

For those who want to know what additional equipment you will need as you progress through your training, read on:

Swim

In the Pool

  • Bathers / swim wear – anything that is tight fitted
  • Goggles
  • Swim Cap – to minimise drag and to keep your hair out of your eyes!
  • Towel
  • Pool ‘Toys’ – Pool Buoy, Paddles, Flippers, Kick board – these can be purchased from Rebel Sport, Amart Sports, Speedo stores and online.

Open Water

  • Bathers / swim wear – anything that is tight fitted

    Newbies in 19 Wetsuits

  • Goggles
  • Swim Cap – to minimise drag and to keep your hair out of your eyes!
  • Towel
  • Wetsuit – Optional. Wetsuits start at $169 and are highly beneficial when swimming in cooler climates. If you are going to buy one, make sure it fits properly!

Bike

On the Windtrainer (dependent state and location. Your coach will provide more information on this)

  • Bike – Mountain, hybrid, or road. Whatever you have or whatever you are borrowing. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is road worthy (a good start is to check that the brakes are working! Take the bike in for a basic service if you are unsure.)
  • Water Bottle – Triathlon training is thirsty work
  • Shoes – Depending on your pedals you can wear runners or bike shoes
  • Windtrainer Don’t have one? That’s ok in Vic you can hire a WT at the session for $5 or purchase your own.
  • Towel
  • Clothing – Cycling Knicks make for a comfortable ride, a tee shirt will do up top but make sure it is made of breathable material for your comfort
  • Cadence Monitor Optional – When we train on the bike we often refer to cadence (pedal revolutions) a cadence monitor will assist you in achieving the desired cadence

On the road

  • All Tri Alliance athletes must have some form of identification. we also recommend a Road ID band that carries all your important information.
  • The Bike – Mountain, hybrid, or road. Whatever you have or whatever you are borrowing. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is roadworthy (a good start is to check that the brakes are working! Take the bike in for a basic service if you are unsure.)
  • Helmet. Make sure it fits securely and buckles do up.  If it’s over 5 years old or has any cracks – it’s time for a new one.
  • Tool kit – Spare Tubes, Tire Levers & Pump or Gas Cylinders

    Heading out on the road

  • Nutrition/Hydration. Out on the road you may not always have access to food and water so make sure you have a water bottle or two and some snacks (jam sandwich, banana, gels and or bars)
  • Lights – Front & Rear lights are compulsory for early morning and late afternoon rides
  • Cadence Monitor Optional – When we train on the bike we often refer to cadence (pedal revolutions) a cadence monitor will assist you in achieving the desired cadence
  • Clothing – Cycling Knicks make for a comfortable ride, Cycling jersey has pockets to store your nutrition, keys or spare tubes, Wet weather gear for the winter months. At a minimum when joining Tri Alliance you must wear a Tri Alliance Jersey when riding so we can identify you as a squad member, please ensure you read the athlete handbook for more details about this requirement.
  • Sunglasses – To protect your eyes from the sun and airborne object

Run

Tri Alliance Group Run

  • Running Shoes. Make sure they are good quality and fit your feet and running style
  • Running Cap – to protect you from the sun
  • Sunglasses – To protect your eyes from the sun and airborne object

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