If you’re new to triathlons, welcome to the greatest community! Here at The Edge, we’re passionate about the challenges and excitement triathlons can bring and we’re always happy to talk you through what you’ll need as you get started. We have a full range of equipment and plenty of experience to share, and we can help you prepare for a new hobby that will change your life. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at the essential equipment you need to get started in triathlons, including the basics to ensure you can train effectively and compete safely. As you progress in your triathlon journey, you may want to invest in more specialised equipment and we can help you to find exactly what you’re looking for.

What is a Triathlon?

A triathlon is an endurance multisport race that combines swimming, cycling and running and is run as a competition in which participants compete in the three different disciplines in order. It’s physically demanding and mentally challenging, requiring you to train hard and become adept at all three sports to excel in this all-around physical challenge, and there’s nothing like the buzz you’ll get from successfully completing a race like this.

Triathlons usually involve open water swimming, although some may use a pool, and participants usually compete individually to finish in the fastest time. Some triathlons allow participants to compete as part of a relay team, with different athletes completing each section of the race. Big triathlon events such as Ironman challenges attract top competitors who are determined to push themselves to the limits, but there are many local, national and international events around and they attract participants of all ages and abilities, from complete beginners to elite athletes.

What triathlon kit do I need?

When you’re getting started in triathlon, you’ll need a few essential pieces of equipment and we can help you to find these at The Edge. We suggest looking at the following categories:

  1. Swimming equipment. Getting your gear right for the swim element of a triathlon is crucial for safety as well as your speed and stamina. You will need a swim cap, which can help with streamlining and ensure that your hair is contained, and goggles to protect your eyes and help you to see underwater. A good triathlon wetsuit will usually be your biggest outlay, and we have an excellent range for you to choose from. You will want to consider the thickness and quality of your wetsuit as this will affect your buoyancy and protect you from the cold water, which is an important factor to consider all year round here in Ireland! You may also want to use a pull buoy, fins or paddles for training, and we can advise you on the best options to enhance your training regime. 
  2. Bike equipment. Of course, the biggest consideration here is your bike, as this will make a huge difference to your performance. You will need a good quality bike that is designed for triathlons or road racing, and we can help you decide on the best option for you and your triathlon plans. Your bike should be a good fit for your height and weight and should be in great condition for every race. Learning how to repair your bike yourself is a great way to save money and time and will help you to get the best from your bike as you train and compete. You will need a cycle helmet to keep you safe during training and in competitions, and you may find that clip-in shoes make a difference to your pedalling efficiency. This takes some practice, so talk to us about the options. A bike repair kit is also a must-have item, and yours should include spare inner tubes, a mini pump or CO2 cartridges, tyre levers and a multitool for repairs on the road. 
  3. Running equipment. Your running gear needs to be comfortable and supportive so that you perform at your best, and this will include running shoes that are well-fitted and cushioned in all the right places. Our feet are unique and a standard pair of running shoes may not give you the support you need so take your time to try on several pairs and take advice from a specialist or professional fitter. The clothes you run in should be designed to wick away moisture and keep you at the right temperature for the weather conditions you are running in, protecting you from the elements if it’s cold or wet, for instance. 
  4. Transition equipment. The transitions between disciplines are a unique feature of triathlons, and a triathlon suit might be a good option for you. A one or two-piece outfit designed for cycling, swimming and running can be worn throughout the race, although you may prefer to change in transition areas between parts of the race if you like to wear different clothing for each section. You will need a race belt, to hold your race number as you complete each section of the race, sunglasses to protect your eyes and a towel to dry off after swimming. 
  5. Accessories. Preparing yourself well is the key to triathlon success so it’s important to get organised with all the accessories you need. You’ll need a water bottle or hydration pack to keep you hydrated while you train or race, and nutrition options such as energy bars or energy gels and snacks to keep you going. This comes down to personal preference so it’s a good idea to try out the different options in training so you can find out what works best for you. You may find that a watch or GPS device is one of the most helpful pieces of kit you use when training for triathlons and these can help you to track your progress and record your race times when you compete. 
  6. Safety kit. When you’re training or racing, you should wear an ID in case of any emergencies. An ID bracelet or pendant is a great option, which will not impede your movement. You should always use a good suncream, to ensure that your skin is protected when you are training or racing outdoors, and you should also carry a first aid kit when you are training – and when racing if allowed. This will enable you to deal with minor injuries or accidents and save you valuable time.

Shop for a triathlon at The Edge

At The Edge, we have a great range of equipment for triathlon and our experienced staff will help you to find what you need. Come in and talk to us about the best options when you’re starting out and we will show you our selection. Triathlon suits like the following are often the best choice:

  • The Joma Olimpia II Sport Suit is a comfortable option that fits like a second skin. With flat lock seams to avoid chafing and reduce air friction, this sleek triathlon suit is easy to put on and take off and repels water to keep the body dry. You’ll love the stylish outline combined with practical features and your race performance will be optimised, too. 
  • The Huub Commit Long Course Tri Suit is an ideal choice for triathlon, balancing quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric with aerodynamics to make it the perfect outfit for beginner triathletes. With UV protection for the shoulders and upper arms and rear pockets for all your race day essentials, this suit will serve you well as you begin to discover the sport of triathlon.

Enjoy the Triathlon community

Triathlon is a competitive sport but it’s also a great social opportunity and joining your local triathlon club will give you a brand new group of people to spend time with. You’ll find friendship, advice and guidance from other group members, who will love to share their experiences and recommend equipment and race strategies. Talk to us at The Edge to find out more about triathlon opportunities in the local area, and we look forward to hearing about your progress as you get stuck into the sport!

Find Triathlon Equipment in Ireland

Ireland is a great place for triathlons, with a range of challenging races all year round, and there are many ways to get started in the sport. Finding the kit you need to get started is easy when you visit us at The Edge and we have everything you will need, including bikes, running shoes, triathlon clothing and accessories. Our open water swimming gear is second to none and we have the expertise to help you make the best choices about your equipment. 

At the Edge, we also have a great range of mountain bikes, road bikes and hybrid bikes, as well as clothing and equipment for running and surfing. Pop in and see us or visit our website to find out more about how we can support your outdoor adventures.


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