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What is needed for a triathlon (all gear, from the obvious to the not so obvious)

Hello, I'm new to the triathlon world but I'm really serious about becoming a triathlete.

I'm currently running 15mi in 72mins. I only have ridden a stationary bike but I did 22mi in 61min. And my swim is horrible but I did 4x200yds w/ 100yd rest avaraging 2:15 per 200yd. I dont know if thats fast or not, I have never swam competitivly before but I totalled 17min 42secs for all four 2 hundreds.

I also dont understand the importance of candance or how to get it. I googled it and from what I read its basically RPMs. On the stationary bike I try to stay around 95 no matter the level of the bike.

But my main issue is as the subject states, what gear is needed? No matter the importance, from the obvious things (i.e. a bike, swim suit, and running shoes) to the small things (i.e. a bookbag, transition mat, or a swim cap)

Im competing in a road race in Feb 27th and I cant have aerobars and I was looking at the Felt Z100 and Felt F95. I dont want to buy anything really expensive until I have a good grasp on triathlon scene.

Im about
5'11'' 165lbs (avg)
10.3% Body Fat
Dont know if it matters but Im a black male relatively alot of lean muscle mass
My occupation is the marine corp

Hey Mike, welcome to Trifuel. Read this: [url]http://www.trifuel.com/training/race-day-prep/triathlon-transition-setup...

then feel free to ask any follow-up questions.

thank you

I used their transition setup last year for my first sprint tri and everything went over well. one thing I have to suggest is to try the setup, and find your own way of doing things. For example some guys need to wear tops, and some dont.. Some women need more supportive sports bras then others.

It wouldn't hurt to set yourself up with a "mini-tri" for training too. Use the set up and actually do one using it without the pressure of competition. It will show you what you personally need and don't need (no need for too much clutter). Good luck and welcome aboard!

if your running splits are true, i would skip tri's and run marathons or half marathons competitively. ur running at about a 4:48 pace which would get u on the podium in a lot of local events

[quote=trekrider]if your running splits are true, i would skip tri's and run marathons or half marathons competitively. ur running at about a 4:48 pace which would get u on the podium in a lot of local events[/quote]

Yeah, that's screamin' fast........that time would have won the last two half mary's I ran in.

By the looks of your stats and occupation, I would concentrate on the swim a little more and apply for BUD/S training. The SEAL teams are looking for people like you.

One of the things I like to bring for races is a little something special for myself for the finish. I usually bring a fancy chocolate bar to eat after the race as a reward.

Also, if you are swimming 200s at a consistent 2:15, that is really good, especially for a non-swimmer.

If you haven't already, try using a wetsuit for your tri swims. Most pro's use them, and they'll help your swim times by adding floatation, warmth and speed.

I know I'm a good runner, but I'm always up for a challenge which is why i grew a interest in triathlons. Does a it matter if I get a swimsuit, wetsuit, or a tri-suit? Does the suit improve your swim that much? But to everyone thanks for your input, I get on as much as the corp allows me.

I usually run in asics, but I kept reading around and alot of people are talking about newtons? Does anyone have any insight on them? I haven't heard of any other type of shoes besides the obvious ones.

Is it also cheaper to build your own bike or just buy one built already? I don't have much knowledge on biking but I'm sure I can read up on it on the internet.

i would get a wet suit for sure if the race will allow it (water temp has to be under a certain temp). it will improve you swim incredible for beginners and people with a bad kick. Ur much more streamline and aqua dynamic, plus more buoyant. Tri suits are nice if you dont want to change at all during a transition, or just like the durability and comfort of them.

As for newtons, i have never wore them, but asics are a good shoe, if you havent had problems with them in the past i would continue to use them. Its more about the feel and fit to your foot than it is the name of the brand.

As for the bike. If you can build it urself so ur not paying for any labor charges, and u shop around on ebay, you probably will be able to buy it cheaper. Most people that build their bikes do it so their bike can be custome. Example. carbon fork, seat post, front rear dearilure, tires, wheels might all be different companies. If you look into buying a bike now, most tri and bike shops are getting rid of their 09' and have good deals on them. Otherwise, buying a used servicable bike will get u in the right direction. I am starting out on a Trek 1200 with shimano 105's and it has gotten me through sprints and into a century.

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I usually run in asics, but I kept reading around and alot of people are talking about newtons? Does anyone have any insight on them? I haven't heard of any other type of shoes besides the obvious ones.
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Dude, if you are as fast as you claim to be, you could run in ballet slippers and still crush your competition. Newtons are expensive. Don't waste your money.

[quote=TonisTri][quote=theleftmike]

I usually run in asics, but I kept reading around and alot of people are talking about newtons? Does anyone have any insight on them? I haven't heard of any other type of shoes besides the obvious ones.
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Dude, if you are as fast as you claim to be, you could run in ballet slippers and still crush your competition. Newtons are expensive. Don't waste your money.
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+1 run with what you are comfortable in.

I just reread what i wrote, i made a big typeo. but thanks for the comments, my 15mi time is not 72mins. my last 15mi was 1hr 49mi, and just yesterday i ran a 18.2miles in 2hrs 17mins.

sorry for the confusin

you need to figure out if you are going to wear underwear or not. and if so, what kind.

[quote=olivestri]you need to figure out if you are going to wear underwear or not. and if so, what kind.[/quote]
what do u mean by this comment?

I was responding to your question about equipement needed - and raising for you what I found to be one of those newbie issues that does not have a clear answer.

The issue/question has to do with going from the swim to the bike with no place to drop your drawers and get into so dry undies.

Since you are a marine you may already ride commando (i.e., sans underwear) and have nothing to worry about. But if you do wear underwear with your bike shorts then you have a decision ahead of you. Serious bikers will tell you that bike shorts are made to go commando, but I tried and felt I needed more control down there. I plan to try again with some new tri-shorts, but if it doesn't work, I will be back to finding the perfect underwear for swimming and biking.

Underamour is what I've been usuing.

BTW - i was faster in my newtons from day 1 (which i appreciated because i was already much slower than i wanted to be), and i also started about a 6 month process of making my feet stronger to be injury free.

[quote=theleftmike]I just reread what i wrote, i made a big typeo. but thanks for the comments, my 15mi time is not 72mins. my last 15mi was 1hr 49mi, and just yesterday i ran a 18.2miles in 2hrs 17mins.

sorry for the confusin[/quote]

For that distance during training, it's still a great pace. I hold sub-7 pace all the way up until 10Ks for race day but most of my long runs are over an 8min pace. The theory is that only the distance (and form) matter on the long training runs. So if you're comfortably running low 7min pace / 15 mile runs, you are still a legitimate stud that have few peers on this site. After that comment I anticipate the urge to start a pissing match will flush out those that run in that range. Enjoy.

Does it matter weather I get triathlon bike shoes or road bike shoes? I just bought a used Felt F85, its a road bike.

tri bike shoes have velcro that pulls across the foot in the opposite direction from bike shoes so you can mess with them while you're on the bike. you decide if you're into leaving your shoes attached to your pedals for time savings...

BTW, wearing underwear under bike shorts is UNcomfortable for almost all cyclists (olivestri seems to be an exception)

buy tri shorts and do not try to change your pants in T1...waaay faster

this is a great thread...i'm relatively new to tris but i've been a cyclist for years. while it may seems fairly trivial, the underwear discussion is fairly important. train both ways and watch out for chaffing -- that's where body glide comes into play.

check out the IM checklist on the General Discussion thread. Pretty detailed!

Just yesterday I rode my bike 63mi in 3hr 30mins which is an improvement from my 50mi in 3hrs 5mins. But occasionally someone would pass me with ease and wouldn't be pedaling as hard as myself, why is this? Is it better to ride in BIG gear instead of middle or small gear? (I have three gears where my pedals are) And the people that passed me, when they got in front of my they would put their hand down and either give me the "ok" symbol the "one" symbol. Is this some biker lingo that I dont know about. It seemed like they wanted me to challange them.

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