Basic Triathlon Gear

Pre Race:

  • Sandals or comfortable shoes before the swim
  • Warm up clothes for over your race suit or swimsuit
  • Bag or bucket for everything
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Race nutrition (fluid and calories)
  • USAT license and photo ID (can purchase one day license)
  • Money
  • Bike pump or CO2 cartridges
  • Bike repair kit, tools, and extra tube
  • Bright towel or transition mat


Optional Gear if Needed:

  • Plastic trash bag to cover gear if raining
  • Bug spray
  • Headlamp (for dark mornings)
  • Marker (for self body marking)
  • Watch


Race Gear:

  • Race suit (one piece or top and bottoms or swim suit and shorts)
  • Goggles (2 pairs-tinted and clear)
  • Swim cap
  • Lubricant (Trislide or similar—no Bodyglide)
  • Bike (tuned up)
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses (for eye protection)
  • Race belt (for run number)
  • Running shoes and socks
  • Towel and change of clothes


Optional Gear if Needed:

  • Wetsuit (if water is cold enough, but not necessary)
  • Hat or visor
  • Bike shoes and socks (unless you have platform pedals)
  • Cold weather gear (toe covers, sleeves, etc.)
  • Rubber bands (if shoes are attached to bike)
  • Baby powder