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Help ... registered for a triathlon. What now?
A triathlon consists of three sports: swimming, cycling and walking. This also means that if a triathlon is participated, materials and clothing must be included for three parts. To forget something, has happened quickly. Hence, here is still a list of what you have to take with you when you participate in a triathlon. Because it is, of course, a shame to see the hours of preparation for the game destroyed, because you have forgotten something essential and therefore have to end your triathlon prematurely.
It may sound strange, but experienced triathletes generally take less clothing to a competition than the recreational triathlete. Yet that is not so strange, since the experienced athlete has already invested in triathlon-specific clothing such as a wetsuit, swimming trousers with tri-top or a triathlon suit (trisuit) in which the entire race is finished. Changing clothes is therefore no longer necessary. The novice or recreational triathlete usually does not have these clothes. You do not have to, because with a swimsuit or bathing suit, sports shorts and a t-shirt you also come a long way.
Do not forget: NTB license if you are a member or proof of identity !!
For swimming you really only need a swimsuit or bathing suit and a swimming goggles is recommended. A swimming cap is not always necessary - usually you get one handed out by the organization - but if the water is very cold an extra swim cap can be very pleasant. You lose most of the heat through the head. For those who are more likely to do a triathlon, the purchase of a triathlon wetsuit should be considered. This not only provides the necessary buoyancy, which makes you swim faster (!), But also protects you against the often cold Dutch swimming water.
Note the water temperature of the water (communicated by the organization). If the temperature is too low (often around 12 degrees), a wetsuit is mandatory. If the temperature is too high (22-24 degrees, depending on the organization) then a wetsuit is again prohibited (and then also the use of compression tubes) when swimming.
Finally, it is advisable to place a towel with your bike in the changing zone. With that you can quickly dry your feet or wipe your feet before you step into your (cycling) shoes.
You can not forget your bike for cycling. But also think about the things that you have to take with you on your bicycle, such as a bottle with a drink, a bicycle pump, spare tires, tire levers and stick equipment. Those last four items are not unimportant, because you can not take outside assistance during a triathlon. So if you get a flat tire, you have to change or paste it yourself.
What you certainly must not forget is a helmet. Wearing an approved helmet is mandatory during triathlons. In some cases triathlon organizations have a number of helmets that can be borrowed for the competition, but always ask the organization beforehand if this is indeed the case to avoid disappointments. Wearing sunglasses or sports glasses is also wise. This protects the eyes not only against bright sun, but also against dirt and flies.
At the first switch (called T1) you are obliged to go straight after you have taken off your wetsuit to put on the helmet.
As far as clothing choices are concerned, everyone is free to wear what he or she wants. A t-shirt, shirt, cycling shirt, cycling shorts or sports shorts . Everything is possible. The choice is determined by things like the weather, wearing comfort or a quick change. In colder weather it may be wise to put a cycling jersey or a sports jacket ready, a long pair of trousers is never really necessary.
If you find that pleasant cycling you can also wear socks or cycling gloves, but realize that it is at the expense of your end time, but if finishing is your main goal then I would certainly not fail. This also applies to shoe choice. Running shoes might be a bit more uncomfortable than cycling shoes, but also save you time in the switch from cycling to walking. After all, you do not 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 is fine. Possibly you can 'boost' this by means of an intuitive steering wheel so that you can sit in a 'time trial posture'.
For the running part, it can sometimes be wise to prepare a pair of socks to prevent blistering on your feet during walking, especially if you are not used to walking in your running shoes without socks. If you have already put on socks before cycling, this is of course no longer necessary. A shoehorn can help you get your running shoes quickly. Triathletes also use elastic laces in their shoes so that no laces need to be tied anymore.
If you need it, you can put on dry clothes after cycling. Usually, however, that is not necessary. Only when you have cycled with a cycling pair, it is nice to wear a pair of sports shorts. With a thick hint between your legs is not really comfortable. A hat or sweatband absorbs the sweat from your face. A cap also protects against the sun.
As mentioned .. to change more quickly you can of course change your normal laces for elastic laces. These ensure that you can quickly step into your shoes and for even pressure on the foot.
And the rest?
Are you a member of the Dutch Triathlon Association: do not forget the license . Have you already registered in advance: bring a program book or registration certificate.
Always handy during a triathlon is a start number dial , to which you can confirm your race number. You often get only one starting number that you have to wear on the back of your chest while cycling. With a number band you can do that in one go. For safety reasons, bring your own safety pins to confirm the race number. Not all organizations provide this. They can also come in handy if something is broken on your clothes.
To keep an eye on your own times or your heartbeat, you can wear a ( sports) watch or heart rate monitor during the triathlon. Please note, however, that it is watertight.
Furthermore, a BodyGlide is the permanent companion of every triathlete. By applying this to places where a lot of friction occurs (for example in the neck when wearing a wetsuit, on the thighs as in swimming trunks or bathing suit is cycling or under the armpits) irritation can be prevented. A little petroleum jelly above the eyes also ensures that there is no sweat in your eyes.
For people with sensitive skin, it may be wise to apply sunscreen . During a sun-drenched triathlon and with little clothing you burn quickly.
Finally, you should not forget the clothes you want to wear before or after the triathlon, such as a tracksuit, a dry T-shirt, a sweater or flip flops . Other useful items are a few towels, toiletries and toilet paper (for large international competitions). You'll be surprised at how scarce that last item will become as the launcher approaches.