As you may already know there is an endless amount of gear and stuff to buy as a new triathlete. It can be overwhelming and maybe a bit stressful when deciding what to spend your money on. Obviously, you’ll need a bike (it doesn’t have to be a tri bike or even a road bike… hybrids and mountain bikes work just fine ;) and it’s also probably a good idea to buy a pair of running shoes and goggles.  However, apart from the obvious, below is a short list (in no order of importance) of what you may want to consider purchasing if it fits your budget.

1. Heart Rate Monitor/GPS.

This will help monitor your heart rate and allow you to control your efforts. When it’s time to go hard you can go hard, but when it’s time to go easy and dial it back, this will be a very useful training tool. MORE INFO

2. Bike Trainer.

This is a training tool that will allow you to ride your bike indoors. This is invaluable when the weather does not allow you to ride outside and it is also a great way to really dial in your workout and get the most out of the time you have to train. MORE INFO

3. Wetsuit.

It will keep you buoyant, warm, and you will swim faster than you ever thought possible!
A long sleeve suit is probably best, but if you have very large shoulders or if you’ve been swimming for years and prefer something with less restriction-you can go with a sleeveless. MORE INFO … Or join TEAM RTA and save up to 60% OFF Xterra Wetsuits.

4. Helmet.

This is a non-negotiable.  In addition to being mandatory when you race, it will save your head if you should be in an accident.  Plus, if you ride without one, non-rookies will make fun of you! MORE INFO

5. Sunglasses.

Not only great for keeping your eyes protected from the sun, they will keep them protected from any stones or debris that can get kicked up by cars on the road. MORE INFO

6. Road ID.

A very simple and smart way to carry your personal information.  It is a bracelet or an anklet, “dogtag style” that will be printed with your identification.  You can even have your medical insurance information engraved.  This is vital if you should find yourself in a crash. MORE INFO

7. Nutrition.

The fourth discipline!  Calories, water, and electrolytes are imperative when racing in multisport.  Be sure you have all three on you at all times. MORE INFO

8. Socks.

Good socks are key to being blister free.  Stay away from the classic cotton tube socks that you wore in gym class.  They get soaked from sweat and the rain and will ruin your tootsies.

9. Transition Bag.

You will need something to carry all this stuff in!  A good transition bad will house everything from your wetsuit to your shoes and helmet and even leave room for the kitchen sink! MORE INFO

10. Coach.

We may be biased, but if you don’t know what you are doing-you could be wasting your time doing the wrong thing and possibly putting yourself on a path to injury.  A coach is the best investment you could make.  From writing your daily workouts to answering your laundry list of questions, a coach becomes an extension of your journey and is well worth it.

11. Clipless Pedals & Cycling Shoes.

They may be tricky at first, but they will make a world of difference.  You won’t slip off the pedals and you will really be able to maximize your pedal stroke.  Honestly, if you have interest in pursuing this sport-you should take the leap. MORE INFO

12. Body Glide.

A product that is applied to the skin on areas that may run.  It will prevent chaffing.  It is especially helpful when applied around the neck and arm pit area when wearing a wetsuit.

13. Chamois Creme.

A real savior.  It will protect your private parts.  Use it generously around your sensitive areas.

14. Race Belt.

This can be worn around your waist-you would attach your race number to it.  MUCH easier than using safety pins.

15. Tri Shorts.

These have a thinner “pad” than traditional bike shorts and you can swim in them.  They can be worn under your wetsuit.  Very comfortable and you will be able to wear them from start to finish of the race.