It can feel like there is a never-ending list of kit required to do a triathlon. This isn't the case, and the club can help you work out what is important. Here is a brief list of what you might to get started and for your first race:
- if the swim is in a pool. When racing competitors wear trishorts or a tri-suit. This is kit that is comfortable to swim, cycle and run in and therefore will reducing transition times.
- if the swim is in open water a wetsuit will be compulsory. EFTC can help with the loan of a wetsuit in some cases, or they can often be hired.
- essential so you can see where you're going!
- Flippers and pull buoy can be useful for training sessions; the club does have some spare ones.
- A roadworthy bike
- usually a road bike but often people do their first race on whatever bike they have. We have plenty of expert cyclists in the club who can offer advice about what to buy and thereafter how to set it up for your height etc
- A cycle helmet is compulsory for entry into a race. If you turn up without a helmet you will not be allowed to start. As a club we advise members to wear their helmet whilst training.
- Bike shorts and tops
- It is advisable to wear specific cycle shorts and tops...makes cycling a lot more comfortable! Reasonably priced kit can be bought on line. Club kit is also available at reduced prices.
- Shoes/ pedals
- as you become more proficient on the bike you may want to invest in clip in pedals and shoes...again members can give you advice about this
- Running shoes
- We strongly recommend that you get running shoes fitted at a specialist running shop. These will help to prevent injuries and maybe even make you run a bit faster!
- It is also advisable to wear specific shorts and tops but not essential.