Triathlon & Ultrarunning Gear Recommendations
Below is a list of swim/bike/run/recovery gear we use and recommend. These are practical and often the most economical products for those entering the sport. (We have no affiliation with these links or brands unless otherwise noted.) Any questions, we’re happy to help.
Finis Agility Paddles - good for beginner swimmers
Synergy Hand Paddles for Swim Training - for advanced, stronger swimmers
Michael Phelps Snorkel
Pull buoy (many pools have them available)
Roka Fins or Arena Fins
Finis tempo trainer (optional)
Arena Cobra Ultra Mirror Swim Goggles - Jim’s favorite pool goggles
Aqua Sphere Kayenne Swim Goggles - men’s and women’s style, great for open water swimming/racing
TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack - a swim bag to carry your swim gear and dry it out
Roka - our favorite brand, excellent fit/performance
XLAB X-Large Rocket Pocket Bag - bento box for fuel/snacks. Critical for half/full (IRONMAN) triathletes
Saddle bag for tools, spare tubes and CO2 cartridges/inflator:
Topeak seat pack Aero Wedge Packs saddle bag - medium or large or;
Topeak Aero Wedge Pack Expandable Quick Release Clip-On 27.3-34.9mm Seatpost Bag (more secure than one above)
In your saddle bag, you will need the following:
Tire lever: Diamondback Bicycle Tire Lever Set, Black
CO2 cartridges and cap:
Genuine Innovations Innovations G20315 Microflate Nano CO2 Tire Inflator (this one comes with the cap)
Extra cartridges: Innovations 16 Gram Threaded CO2 Cartridges for Bicycle Tires (6-Pack)
Spare Bike tube(s)
At home, you will want the following:
Spare tires & tubes: ensure you’re getting the right type/size for your bike, look at the numbers on your tire.
Continental Grand Prix 4000s II Cycling Tire, Set of 2 Tires size 700 x 25 - this is our favorite training and racing tire
Chain lube: Rock N Roll 135816 Gold Chain Lubricant, 4-Ounce
On your bike, we recommend:
Water bottle cages and bottles (ideal to have 2 on your bike):
Anjoy Ultra Light Full Carbon Fiber Bicycle Bike Water Bottle Cage Holder for Road Bike MTB
Bontrager - Flare R USB Tail Light - very visible, our favorite rear light.
Garmin Cadence Sensor - very useful for high and low cadence bike workouts
Vittoria Pit-Stop - flat tire protection as Plan B for tube / CO2 inflation or tubular tires.
ISM Saddles - most bike seats are horrific. This will save your a**.
Profile Designs T4+ AL Aero Bar - clip on aero bars for road bike.
Bike electronics / computer:
Garmin Heart Rate Monitor - for swim/bike/run. Wrist HR monitors are not reliable during exercise.
Garmin 520 Bike Computer - Best value, functionality for triathletes.
Stages Power Meter - A power meter will fundamentally change your relationship with your bike training and racing. Try Ebay for discounted power meter arms (and let us help you choose the correction one).
See DC Rainmaker annual trainer review for a comprehensive overview.
Sportneer Bike Trainer - basic, economical bike trainer
Most trainers come with a rear skewer, if not Action Hub axle skewer
Garmin Forerunner 735XT - not as fancy as 935 but gets the job done.
Garmin Forerunner 935 Running GPS Unit - for swim/bike/run - best functionality for triathlete.
Suunto Sport Watches - Coach Eliot is a member of Team Suunto. Endurance Drive athletes contact us for a discount code.
Nutrition & Hydration:
This is highly individual based on your taste and preference. Below are products we like, use training and racing and have had excellent results with:
Skratch Labs, Drink Mix Sport Hydration
Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel (If you have trouble digesting food, this is higher in calories)
Good for lighter workouts and everyday hydration: Skratch Labs, Drink Mix Anytime Hydration
Electrolyte tabs; I drop one of these in my water when spinning inside/running in the summer/doing anything that involves sweating a lot: Nuun Active Hydration Variety Pack
Other options include things as simple as fig newtons, chewy Nature Valley bars, PB&J sandwich, etc. Focus mostly on carbs and not too much fiber/fat. Goal on bike = 40-60 grams of carbs / hour, although some of this can be from liquid, gels, blocks, etc.
Fill this with maple syrup: Hydrapak Softflask
Jim’s favorite on bike snack: Butternut Mountain Farm 100% Pure Organic Maple Sugar Candy