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Signed up for a triathlon

A triathlon consists of three sports: swimming, cycling and running. This also means that should be considered as participating in a triathlon, three components materials and clothing. Something forgotten, is quickly accomplished. Hence, here is just put in a nutshell what you need to take if you participate in a triathlon. For it is a shame to the hours preparing for the game show canceled to go, because you're just as essential forgetting and therefore must prematurely terminate your triathlon.

It may sound strange, but take just experienced triathletes generally with less clothing a game than the recreational triathlete. Yet this is not so strange weather, as experienced athlete has already invested in triathlon specific clothing such as a wetsuit, swimsuit with tri-tip or a triathlon pack (trisuit) in which the whole match is finished. Changing clothes is no longer necessary. The novice or occasional triathlete usually does not have these clothes. That is not necessary, because with a swimsuit or bathing suit, shorts and a t-shirt get you a long way.

Do not forget: NTB license if you are already a member, or identity !!

Swimming

For swimming you really only need a swim suit and swimming goggles recommended. A cap is not always necessary - usually you get there one awarded by the organization - but if the water is very cold an additional cap can be very pleasant. Most heat loss through your head clear. For those who frequently intends to do a triathlon, is considering buying a triathlon wetsuit. This not only provides the necessary buoyancy, allowing you swim faster (!), But also protects against the common cold Dutch bathing.

Note that the temperature of the water (communicated by the organization). If the temperature is too low (usually around 12 degrees) than a wetsuit is required. Does the temperature too high (22-24 degrees depending on the organization) then a wetsuit banned again (and then immediately using compression tubes) when swimming.

Finally, it is advisable to lay a towel on your bike in the transition area. Thus you can quickly a little dry or your feet a wipe before you in your (cycling) gets shoes.

Bicycles

The bikes can obviously remember your bike. But thinking also of the stuff you need to take you bike like a bottle of drink, a bicycle pump, backup tapes, tire and paste stuff. The latter four items are not important, because you may indeed not accept outside help during a triathlon. So if you get a flat tire, you have to change it or paste.

What you must remember is certainly a helmet. Wearing an approved helmet is compulsory during triathlons. In some cases, organizations have triathlon on some helmets can be borrowed before the game, but always ask beforehand in the organization whether this is so to avoid disappointment. Wearing sunglasses or sports glasses is also wise. This protects the eyes not only against fierce sun, but also from dirt and flies.

At the first change (called T1) you are required to immediately after you've pulled your wetsuit to put the helmet on to.

Regarding the choice of clothing is everyone is free to wear what they want. A t-shirt, tank top, cycling shirt, cycling pants or shorts. Everything is possible. The choice is determined by things like the weather, comfort or quick change. In colder weather it may be wise put a cycling shirt or sport jacket ready too, trousers is never required.

If you find that pleasant bicycles you can also attract socks or cycling gloves, but realize that it is at the expense of your end time, but if finishing your main goal is then I would definitely not fail. This also applies to the shoe selection. Running shoes might cycle a little uncomfortable than cycling shoes, but you also save time in the exchange of cycling. After cycling you don't have to change shoes after cycling.

Some triathletes have a time trial bike for the bicycle section. This is certainly not a must .. a racing bike meets great. You can possibly send it 'to' steer 'through a set-up that you can sit in a' time trial attitude '.

To run

For the walking part it can sometimes be wise a few socks Ready to prevent blistering on your feet while walking, especially if you are not used to walking without socks in your running shoes. If you have already attracted socks for cycling, this is of course no longer necessary. A shoehorn can help quickly get your running shoes. Tirathlets also use elastic laces In their shoes so that no laces need to be stretched.

If you need it, you can put dry clothes after cycling. However, it is usually not necessary. Only when you have cycled with cycling trousers, it is nice to attract a sports pants. With a big hint between your legs, it is not really comfortable. A cap or sweatband absorbs sweat from your face. A cap also protects against the sun.

As mentioned .. To be able to switch faster, of course you can change your normal laces for elastic laces. These ensure that you can get into your shoes quickly and a uniform pressure on the foot.

And the rest?

Are you a member of the Dutch Triathlon Bond: license do not forget. Have you already registered in advance: bring a program book or registration certificate.

Always handy during a triathlon is one Start number count, to which you can confirm your starting number. You often get one starting number that you have to wear on your back while cycling on your back. With a number band you can do that in one way. To be sure, also take your own safety pins to confirm the starting number. Not all organizations provide this. They can also come in handy if something is broken to your clothing.

To keep an eye on your own times or your heart rate you canSport) Watch or heart rate monitor During the triathlon. However, make sure that it is waterproof.

Furthermore is one Bodyglide The fixed companion of every triathlete. By lubricating this in places where a lot of friction arises (for example in the neck when wearing a wet suit, on the thighs if swimsuits or bathing suit is cycled or under the armpits) irritation can be prevented. A little vaseline above the eyes also ensures that no sweat comes into your eyes.

For people with sensitive skin it can be wise to be lubricated with sunburn. During a sun-drenched triathlon and with little clothing you burn quickly.

Finally, you should not forget the clothing that you want before or after the triathlon, such as a tracksuit, a dry t-shirt a sweater or bath slippers. Other handy things are one Pair of bath towels, toiletriesand toilet paper (at large international competitions). You will be surprised how scarce the last item becomes as the starting shot approaches.

Source: www.triathlonbond.nl

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