Triathlon Gear Suggestions
Below is a list of swim/bike/run/recovery gear we use and recommend. (We have not affiliation with these links or brands unless otherwise noted.)
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
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
Topeak Aero Wedge Pack Expandable Quick Release Clip-On 27.3-34.9mm Seatpost Bag (more secure than one above)
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 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
Spare Bike tubes
Multitool (in your saddle bag):
PGMJ All-in-1 Bike Multitool Pocket Bike Tool kit Multi Repair Tools Kit Wrench Bike Repair Tools (Red)
Bike tools for home:
Pro Bike Tool Allen Key, Hex Wrench, Ball End Set
Rock N Roll 135816 Gold Chain Lubricant, 4-Ounce
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
Cycling Kit (bike shorts/bibs & tops): Castelli
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).
Bontrager - Flare R USB Tail Light - very visible, our favorite rear light.
See DC Rainmaker annual trainer review for a comprehensive overview.
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
Find an energy bar you like and can easily eat on bike:
CLIF BAR - Energy Bar
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.
Energy gels / blocks:
CLIF BAR - BLOKS Energy Chews
Fill this with maple syrup: Hydrapak Softflask
Jim’s favorite on bike snack: Butternut Mountain Farm 100% Pure Organic Maple Sugar Candy