Swim Gear

Tri-Wetsuit

Tri-Wesuit

Triathlon wetsuits have slippery outer coatings that let you glide faster in water. They are usually made of Yamamoto neoprene rubber. This surface helps reduce drag and increases your speed in water, helping conserve energy

Tri-Suit

Tri-Suit

The trisuit is a one-piece garment specifically engineered for triathlon, usually including quick-drying features, padding at the rear and zippers to provide you with a do-it-all suit that you won’t have to change out of while swimming, cycling and running.

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  • Tri suit or swimsuit or tri shorts
  • Wetsuit
  • Swim cap (usually provided by the race)
  • Goggles (bring tinted goggles for sunny conditions, and it’s a good idea to have an extra pair in your bag)
  • Pull Buoy
  • Kickboard
  • Swimming Fins
  • Paddles
  • Skin lubricant, such as Body Glide (slather any spot that might be irritated by a seam or by skin-on-skin rubbing; pay special attention to your neck if wearing a wetsuit)
  • Tools for kick practice
    Use swimming fins and a kickboard, or just swimming fins. There are plenty of drills using these tools for improving your kick. You can also leave out the fins, but usually that happens when you become a bit more advanced.
  • Tools for stroke practice
    Use a pull buoy and/or a snorkel. This will help you take kicking and/or breathing out of the equation and focus only on your stroke. Paddles can also help with this, since they can work to improve your “feel for the water” with the added resistance. Don’t use huge paddles made for strength development though. They come with a greatly increased injury risk. Stick to smaller paddles geared towards technique training.
  • Tools for body position practice
    Swimming fins are the go-to tool for practicing good body position. They help lift your legs, but still require you to keep the tautness that might be lost if you just used a pull buoy for that purpose. To practice the extension and reach of your body alignment and tautness, add a kickboard and you’re all set.
  • Tools for breathing practice
    Use either a pull buoy or fins to take focus off of staying afloat. For some breathing drills you might even use a kickboard (extended in front of you with just one arm).