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Protect your Noggin: In order to participate in mini-triathlons, you must have an approved Helmet that fits properly. Affix the bib number to the side of the helmet on race day before the race starts.

Dress for the Weather: Wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather. There are tank tops, short sleeved and long sleeved shirts as well as bike shorts and leggings. Wear clothing that wicks the moisture away from your skin. Cotton gets wet, heavy, cold/hot and really uncomfortable in long races. Clothing that wicks away the moisture will keep you more

Protect your Backside: Choose bike shorts for padding on the backside. Not only will they keep the inside of your thighs from chaffing and your butt from aching, they also keep your backside moisture free.

For your Feet: There are all different types of shoes to wear on a triathlon bike. Some bikes require shoes that clip on. These shoes should not be worn for the run. Some peddles look like regular peddles, only they have straps over the tops or baskets that hold your feet in place. With these basket peddles, you can wear your running shoes and not have to worry about changing shoes for the run.

Suggestions for men:

Suggestions for women:

For both:

  • Profile Design T2 Plus Aero Bar Alloy Black(it is a contraption that fits on your handlebars; it keeps your arms tucked in and you lean over them, which keeps your body very aerodynamic )

  • Clip-in pedals and bike shoes (These are shoes with a clip that snaps into the pedal. If you go this route, you will have the benefit of not only pushing down on the pedal, but of pulling up on the pedal. Your foot is “attached” to the pedal but you can, with practice, snap easily in and out of them. They are the preferred method for a serious cyclist.)

  • Basket pedals and running sneakers(These are regular pedals with basket-shaped straps at the front of the pedal and you hook your sneakered-foot into them. If you go this route, you will have the benefit of not only pushing down on the pedal, but of pulling up on the pedal as well. They are not as secure as clips and sometimes your foot can slip out. You are NOT “attached” and can easily slide your foot in and out.)

So the layers look like this: Swimsuit on first; bike shorts on top

ID: You should always carry some type of ID and a small amount of money while training in case of an emergency.

For your Hands: Bike Gloves are a great way to help grip your bike and avoid nasty blisters on the palms of your hands.

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Music: TriathaNewbie.com discourages bikers from wearing any type of headphones for music while training or racing on a bicycle. It impairs a biker’s senses and ability to detect potentially dangerous situations.There are too many crazy car-drivers on the road — Leave the headphones at home.

Cell Phone: If you have a cell phone, you should bring it with you while you are training. You can buy a small pouch that fits on the underside of the seat of your bike and put it in there along with your patch kit and ID. Having a cell phone for emergencies can be a life saver when you break down or you run into a problem.

Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must! Put this on before the swim to avoid wasting time during the race. This one won’t make your face break out either!

Protect your Eyes: Sun glasses make a huge difference on sunny days.

Good Tip: Never use new equipment in a race. Always try new equipment out during training sessions before using in a race. Specifically, do not use peddles that you have to clip your shoes into for the first time on race day — you will wipe out!

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