Your first Triathlon: Training Tips and Kit List
Transition Bag. This is to store all of your swimming, cycling and running gear in-between transitions. Don’t use a plastic box – you need to be able to carry your bag and roll your bike to the transition area before the race starts.
Remember, your transition bag needs to be big enough to squeeze in everything on this kit list!
Towel. Stand on this in transition (if the rules allow). It’s also good for drying off afterwards.
Tip: Use a brightly coloured towel and leave it by your bike and transition bag so that you can easily spot your ride and save valuable seconds during transition.
Nutrition/Hydration. For a successful triathlon, you’ll need to keep your body fuelled and watered. You usually need 1g of carbs per kg of bodyweight each hour. It’s easiest to fuel on the bike, so avoid stocking up on the swim.
For shorter races, electrolyte and energy drinks will be enough. You can help your tired muscles by having a protein-rich, post-race recovery drink within 30 minutes of crossing the finish line.