Despite Triathlon being generalized by many as an expensive sport, you can still get into events and even join competitions without blowing off your bank. Because of this perception, many people have become afraid of joining triathlon tournaments; even practicing has become impossible. This perspective should be changed so that more people will be encouraged to try out Triathlon. Hence, we’re making this article point out what minimum gear is needed for you to start a triathlon career.
Bike and accessories
First off, you need to have the core equipment necessary for Triathlon, which is a bike; it doesn’t have to cost you $1,000 or more; as long as it is robust and durable, that can do. The design shouldn’t also be your biggest concern as you need to allocate your resources more to your bike’s performance.
Accessories like helmets and padding are also required to ensure that you are 100% safe when competing. You’ll never know when accidents will happen, and it is better to be prepared this way.
When you are farther in your career, you might want to consider upgrading your bike to improve your stats and even your runs’ duration. Spending money for bike upgrades is regarded as a wise option; however, you should only do this if you think you’re not getting the best out of your physical capabilities.
This accessory isn’t mandatory in any way, but it has become a staple or essential to triathletes as they are always competing under the glaring sun.
When it comes to the swimming part, the wetsuit would surely make your triathlete flow a lot better as you can focus more on swimming without worrying about comfort and clothing endurance. Wetsuits are generally cheap, and depending on your size and design choices, this can also change.
Cycling shoes and speed-laces
Traditional rubber shoes that are made for daily use aren’t ideal for a triathlete competition. It would help if you always went for cycling shoes as it is made entirely to run in long distance. You should also couple that with speed laces to prevent yourself from stopping and doing the laces all over again.
Tri top or t-shirt
Triathlon tops are made for long and pain-inducing runs; that’s why they are highly customized to achieve comfort despite the distance that is being traversed. Again, the design isn’t that much of a big deal, so you can easily ignore this and go for a much cheaper and effective option in the market.
Triathlon is a painful yet rewarding experience. It requires time and effort to master, and not everyone is up to this task. Add the expense wall and a lot of people are even more discouraged to try out Triathlon. We hope that this list could make you realize something as starting a triathlon career is easier than you would have ever imagined.
Even if it is about short-course or long-course triathlon, debates about the most remarkable triathletes will also be there. Among the thousand competitors on different triathlons worldwide, we have compiled the most outstanding male triathletes that have ever graced the planet.
3. Javier Gomez
Hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Javier Gomez has grown up to become attached to sports, but mainly to football, swimming, and mountain climbing. When he turned 15, Gomez discovered triathlon and started a career out of it in the coming future.
With ITU championships in the years 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, it is undeniable that Javier Gomez is something that everyone should be fearful of. By starting triathlon at an early age, Gomez practiced and utilized his body, allowing him to garner more championships and recognitions in his whole triathlon career. In 2014 and 2017, Gomez was able to snag the World Championship of Ironman 70.3. He is also ETU European Champion of the years 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016.
Lastly, everyone shouldn’t forget his most significant achievement in the Olympic Games 2012 when he received a silver medal out of his performance. Despite underperforming in recent years, Gomez is still a promising figure and someone that everyone should look forward to in the next Ironman competitions.
2. Dave Scott
Dave Scott repeatedly proves that with six ironman championships under his belt, his size and figure can bring him victories once capitalized correctly. Being born in California, Dave Scott has ever since shown love and interest in sports. The year 1978 marked the beginning of his Ironman career after being handed a flyer when he was racing in Hawaii. Ever since, Scott persevered and was able to perform better as the years pass by.
Despite not having more records other than his ironman participation, Scott remains a legend when talking about triathlon.
1. Mark Allen
If you’re a triathlete or even just a fan, you should’ve already known Mark Allen and some of his incredible feats. The California born legend won the France Nice Triathlon for ten consecutive times. This alone is more than enough to call Allen the greatest male triathlete, but of course, it is still a subjective take since enthusiasts and triathletes themselves have their standards when it comes to who to call the greatest.
Aside from the Nice Triathlon accomplishments, Allen has also been declared world champion of Ironman in the years 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1995. Lastly, he also tried joining the ITU World Championship, which he emerged victorious in 1989, and the Powerman Zofingen, where he bagged the championship in 1993.