If I were to do a triathlon this year…

My last tri, two years ago

My last tri, two years ago

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.

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  1. says

    Exciting if you foray back into triathlons! It definitely helps to ease into running since you have to split your time between the three activities. I ran two days a week most weeks and three once in a while.
    My favourite shorts are pearl Izumi. I’ve tried others, but they just don’t fit me right. For jerseys, I’m pretty good with anything! My softest two are pearl Izumi and Stella McCartney though.
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  2. says

    SInce I only do Sprint Tri’s for the most part, I don’t wear a wet suit. My fav cycle shorts and tops are Pearl Izumi but Athleta makes a great TRI short and I have one more cycling top that is comfy and super stylish but I completely forget the brand. I’ll get back to you :-)
    I love buying new gear!! Have fun shopping!
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    • MissZippy says

      Yes, as a rule, I generally don’t wear a wetsuit for sprints, either. But if I did something longer, my old one has got to go!

  3. says

    Have you looked at DeSoto Sport? It is owned by a triathlete and the gear is great. I love their 400 mile bib and their one piece tri suits. They also have a clearance section that has last years gear at a discount.

  4. says

    YAY for triathlons!!! I have a BlueSeventy – not cheap at all – but I traded in my old one (I had purchased one years and years ago that was a bit too small for me now) and got $200 off!
    In terms of clothes, I’m still trying to figure that out. A company sponsored me last year but to be honest, I wasn’t entirely thrilled with how the clothes fit – not so much performance as it was for looking good (which is not the important thing IMO). So if you find some good stuff, let me know!
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  5. says

    Sorry to hear you are suffering from injury problems, I know how frustrating that can be when you put your heart and soul into it. I always find that I am glad they happen afterwards as they put things in perspective, and give you a fire….a grit, that you didnt have before to propel you to new levels! I know you will prove this to be true!

    Sorry, cannot help with triathlon, but happy to help with anything running :) Good luck finding the right attire!
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  6. Scott says

    As for clothing, Betty Designs and Soas are very popular with women. Other brands that are good include Pearl Izumi and 2XU.

    Xterra is the most popular and most affordable products on the market. There is sales all the time for them. I would never spend more than $200 on one. The majority of them all do the same.

  7. says

    It’s crazy but I haven’t done a triathlon since 2008! Two pregnancies, two years of nursing, and limited time to put in the miles on the bike have shifted my focus primarily to running. I still get in the pool a few times a week for cross-training, but I’m terrified of starting over on the bike. Ugh! I did take a step in the right direction this week. I finally took my wheel into the shop to replace a broken spoke. I busted it on the trainer when I pregnant with my youngest. She turns 2 in three months, so yeah. It’s been a while!
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  8. says

    My favorite go to Triathlon brand is Zoot. I think they have great stuff! But size up for sure! I am usually a M in running bottoms and definitely a large if not XL in Tri clothing.

    As far as wetsuits, Xtera usually has the best deals/value

    I think it’s time you “tri-ed” again!
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  9. says

    I don’t think tris will ever be in my future but I’m all about a great reason to go shopping!!! I’m excited for you and look forward to following your training and tri journey!!
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  10. says

    XTerra wetsuits are fairly cheap. They usually have 50% off and if they don’t, use coupon code BT. For shorts and tops I like De Soto, Pearl Izumi, and Zoot. Just shopping for gear can take some time away from running :-).
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  11. says

    You know, almost all of my triathlon stuff was deeply discounted or free through Team in Training. I’ve thought I should get some new, higher tech, more top of the line stuff, but honestly……I am not going to win a race, heck, I probably will never do more than 2-3 in a year again, so, I think why spend the money. Not sure what size you are, but I have some brand new shorts I could even send you that a friend gave to me and have yet to be touched! If I ride under 30 miles, I usually just wear regular lulu capris or shorts…not even cycle stuff, its so bulky. haha I do know most of my serious tri friends swear by 2XU or whatever that is.

    The only thing I can recommend would be a race belt (obviously) and Yankz! Love those. Oh, and the cycle shoes you can wear sockless, don’t remember if there is a specific brand.
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  12. says

    I need to try on wetsuits too – I rented one last year and it didn’t fit that great – better to have one of my own this year.

    For tri kits, I am in love with SOAS and am a brand ambassador this year, so I’ll be decked out in that for all my races. I did like my Zoot shorts but the first pair ripped at the seam after one wearing (could have been bad luck).
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  13. CheekE says

    I need to get a new wetsuit this year too. I was still using my surf one last year. LOL. but don’t let that tidbit taint you on my recommendation of Sugoi gear.

    I love the Sugoi RPM tri tank! Has all the right features and a great fit! And it worked great in a pool-swim tri I did too. My shorts are also Sugoi! Don’t remember the model – they are older – but still holding up really well though in need of a fashion update (the red stiching just doesn’t go with my new cyan tank).

    I hope you get back into it! I love it!

  14. says

    I love that you are getting back into tri’s! You are always a running inspiration so can’t wait to follow along with your triathlons as well now!

    Tri gear and clothes.. hmm.. I have a few Pearl Izumi biking and tri tops that are really nice. I have a pair of AWESOME padded bike leggings that I think are Nishiki (got them at Dicks sporting goods) they are great for longer training rides.

    I need a wetsuit this year (I borrowed from friends and rented for my tris last year) so I am curious to see what people recommend for you!
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  15. says

    Gear! Oh boy. I am not a gear freak but there are some basics I need. My wetsuit is Xterra. I barely use it since I live in Miami, but the few times I did, worked great. Nowadays there is such a variety that you have to try it on. I borrowed one xterra also for my IronMan and that thing was so thin, and light, fit like a glove.

    For tri kits, SUGOI. Hands down. I have others, but Sugoi has the best fit for me. And my all time favorite cycling shorts are Andante.
    But even more than clothes … I wouldn’t be able to survive without my Garmin. I don’t have the fancy 910. I have the predecessor 510xt. Works well, love the multisport mode.

    Good luck on returning to the triathlon scene. I;’m sure that if you go ahead with it, you will zipp right to the finish line :)

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