When I started this gear guide series, it holiday shopping season had just started. But next week, the big sales will start and the shopping craze will officially begin. Hopefully you’re getting a head-start on your gift list now with the running gear guide. workout gear guide…and now the triathlon gear guide! If you have athletes on your shopping list, you can start checking them off now. Or make the best wish list ever by adding some of these items to your own holiday list.
This triathlon gear guide will cover everything from clothing, nutrition, & training resources. Most products are great for men & women, but I have noted gender-specific recommendations next to those items.
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1. Betty Designs Cycling Shorts (women)
I first tried Betty Designs last year when I started to spend time on my bike again. I wanted shorts with a good chamois, no chafing, and cute design. There is no reason you can’t look great during training, right?
2. Betty Designs Tri Shorts (women)
After getting my cycling shorts, I knew I had to get the tri shorts before my next race. Some brands squeeze your legs in a very unflattering way, but these have a wide band around the waist & legs that is really flattering. When you’re comfortable, you just race better!
3. Cycling Toe Covers
As we are headed to the winter, make it easier to stay on your bike outside for longer. Toe covers are a staple that every cyclist and triathlete should have in their closet. If you don’t have any yet, grab a pair!
4. R-Gear Drymax Dry-As-A-Bone Thin Cushion No Show Socks
These socks come just high enough over your achilles that it prevents chafing from your running shoe and it stays dry. I’ve even worn these socks on a long run with two river crossings without any problems.
5. Moving Comfort Sports Bra (women)
I’ve worn this style of sports bra for over a year now and I’ll be restocking with the same brand this month. They have tons of different colors and color combos to choose from, so you can find one that fits your style (or my brand colors, in this case).
6. Performance Bicycle Travel Trac Comp Mag + Trainer
I received this trainer to review last year and have been using it regularly for the past year. This is the third Performance Bicycle trainer we’ve had and they have all been great. This company makes affordable, long-lasting, and solid performing trainers – you don’t need tons of bells & whistles to get an amazing workout on your own bike.
7. ISM Adamo Triathlon Saddle
Once you switch to a noseless saddle, you’ll have a hard time going back. At least that’s been my experience. I have an Adamo saddle on both my road & tri bike (and brought it with me to France for our cycling tour last year) and am absolutely in love!
8. PowerTap Power Meter
This is a splurge, but it’s the best training tool for any cyclist or triathlete. Power meters remove the subjectivity from cycling training and helps you to train & race based on the watts you are producing, instead of all the external variables that impact heart rate training. If you’re serious about improving your performance, this should be on your wish list!
9. doTERRA CorrectX*
Most triathletes have dealt with chafing at some point in their training or racing – especially with wetsuits around the neck. CorrectX is a natural, non-toxic alternative to protect your skin from chafing (and soothe skin irritation).
10. GPS Watch: Garmin Vivoactive or forerunner 235
Kirk & I both wear the Garmin Vivoactive every day as our watch, step tracker, and sleep tracker. And when I head out for a run or bike, it also serves as my GPS tracker. If you’re looking for more advanced GPS tracking features, you may prefer the Forerunner.
11. Lock Laces Shoelaces
I switched to lock laces after my first triathlon and I can’t imagine using anything else. Once you adjust the tightness to your preferences, you slide your shoes on and off with no adjustments.
12. Triathlon Ornament
Add a piece of triathlon to your Christmas tree with some triathlon bling. Something to remind you why you are training the the cold, dark months!
Triathlon Nutrition & Performance
13. UCAN Superstarch
My favorite nutrition product for all endurance sports. Made with a unique slow digesting carb, it will help keep your blood sugar stable which is primary goal of endurance nutrition. I take one scoop before runs over 90 minutes and up to 2 hours without the need to refuel.
14. Enduropacks Electrolytes Save 20% with code FITaspire at check-out
A natural electrolyte product with no added sugar or artificial flavoring. You can add this to water or your sports drink of choice.
15. doTERRA Mito2Max® Energy & Stamina Complex*
Before long runs or tough workouts, it can be helpful to have an extra kick. This is a stimulant-free, natural alternative to other pre-workout options on the market. I use this before workouts for energy & focus without the jittery feeling.
Triathlon Training & Recovery
16. Strength Training Plan for Runners & Triathletes
For both injury prevention & improving running power, strength training should be a regular part of your training. You can download a 2-week training program for FREE, or the full 6-week training program is just $9.99 (for a limited time).
17. Massage Roller Ball
Great for deep self-massage and and particularly good for anyone dealing with plantar fasciitis. Massage is a key injury prevention habit, so this is a good way to get some of the benefits at home.
18. Trigger Point Foam Roller
Another key habit for injury prevention is foam rolling. This trigger point version adds something extra to your time spent with your foam roller.
19. doTERRA Deep Blue Rub*
I love this sports rub to help with relief & recovery of sore muscles after a tough workout. A natural alternative to provide immediate cooling & soothing to targeted areas.
20. Race Medal Hanger
If you enjoy racing, this is a great way to display your medals for all to see. I admit that we have piles & piles of race medals on a guest room bed right now, so this is on my wish list.
* I personally use doTERRA products in daily health & fitness routines. You can purchase any of these products listed at retail prices on in my doTERRA shop (just click “Shop”), or you can learn more about buying at wholesale prices (25% discount).