Injuries, of course, make you rethink things about your training and racing. For me, when I start easing back into running (hopefully soon!) I think that maybe doing a sprint tri this summer would be a good way to keep myself from getting too run heavy too quickly. I did start with triathlons way back in the day, and it’s only been two years since doing one.
When I did those two tris in 2012, I did them with all my ancient gear. Same old helmet, same old wetsuit, same old everything. I think that if I were to show my face at a tri this year, it would have to be with some updated gear and triathlon clothing.
Let’s take my wetsuit, for instance. That thing is full of holes at the seams. And let’s face it, wetsuits have advanced tons since 1998, when I bought mine, don’t you suppose? So that would be on my list.
Also on my list would be replacing some of my triathlon / cycling clothing. Again, my ancient shorts and jerseys could stand a little updating, both from a fashion perspective and a functional perspective. I’m amazed at how much nicer the materials are today than when I first got started, but then again, cotton was just leaving the building as a go-to training fabric, so I shouldn’t be surprised!
Anyhow, for you triathletes in the bunch, I’m open to suggestions on your favorite pieces of gear. What wetsuit do you recommend? How about brand of shorts or jersey? Let’s get this old triathlete into the 21st century, shall we?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Eureka Cycle Sports.